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For spring, 1998, we've added four fascinating books to this shelf that deal with the tremendous changes in the way we live and work as we approach the millenium. Don't blame me if you stay up all night reading (but you may)...

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The Future Ain't What It Used to Be : The 40 Cultural Trends Transforming Your Job, Your Life, Your World by Mary Meehan (Editor), Larry Samuel, Vickie Abrahamson.       Mary Meehan, Larry Samuel, and Vickie Abrahmson operate a trends consultancy called Iconoculture that counts companies such as General Mills and Wendy's among its clientele. The Future Ain't What It Used to Be: The 40 Cultural Trends Transforming Your Job, Your Life, Your World offers an overview of the inside information Iconoculture provides to customers in a series of cheeky but insightful info-bytes that are simultaneously thought-provoking and practical. The trio suggests areas likely to get hot--from simplified lifestyles to retail-as-entertainment to "sensory blending"--along with strategies to turn these trends into business opportunitiess.

Entertainment Weekly:
Trend scouting, itself an ever more trendy vocation ... entails tireless research into what a given population is thinking, doing, and--most important--buying.... the best thing about this encyclopedia is its inventory of wacko, only-in-America products that are already out there: Successories' Deep Thoughts-esque line of motivational decor; Bereavement magazine; Victoria's Secret CDs. When the prognosticators describe sightings of Jesus on a Wichita Pizza Hut billboard or propose Gumby as a celebrity spokesmodel of the future, well, you feel like they're on to something.

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The World in 2020 : Power, Culture and Prosperity by Hamish McRae.       Where will we be in the next 25 years, and how will we get there? This examines world economic trends and changes in the next 25 years and the forces which will affect future progress. From the competitive advantage of changing cultures and values systems to governmental role changes, this chronicles many important influences.

This provocative book--which is on President Bill Clinton's reading list--offers a bold vision of a world in which the best predictor of economic success is not technological achievement but a nation's creativity and social responsibility. "If you read one book by a futurist . . . make it this one."

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What Will Be: How the New World of Information Will Change Our Lives by Michael L. Dertouzos, Bill Gates.       Many have predicted what emerging technology will mean for society. Michael Dertouzos, an Internet pioneer and Head of MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science, has been among the few who've been pretty much right so far. Now he reaches into the coming century to paint a compelling, rationally developed picture of what's ahead. Dertouzos' fluid freedom from the pollyanna-ism or paranoia that afflict so many of his contemporaries brings to his visions the ring of both conviction and plausibility--and excitement as well. His crystal explanations and fascinating examples are irresistible. The result is a book as enjoyable as it is important.

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The 500-Year Delta: What Happens After What Comes Next by Jim Taylor, Watts Wacker, Howard Means.       As the Age of Reason nears its 500-year anniversary, the authors of The 500-Year Delta argue that our world is on the precipice of believe this transformation will manifest itself as a shift from reason-based to chaos-based logic; the collapse of producer-controlled consumer markets; and a splintering of social, political, and economic organization. In pithy phrases and thought-provoking chapters, they outline strategies to help companies and individuals succeed in the increasingly unpredictable future they describe. Taylor and Wacker are skilled at incorporating historical facts to support their ideas of how corporate societies and world communities will evolve. The book is designed to help business owners and private citizens understand every element of their complex world so that they can excel in a future the authors term the "Age of Possibility."

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The Complete Guide to Consulting Contracts by Herman Holtz.       In this new edition, with the forms on disk, "The Complete Guide to Consulting Contracts" offers legal, binding, and enforceable agreements at the click of a button. Readers can use the built-in software or pull the forms up into popular word-processing packages. Either way, consultants can use more than 40 model agreements and clauses to customize forms. Pub: 3/97.

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The Consultant's Guide to Getting Business on the Internet; How to Network for Clients and Business by Herman Holtz.       To independent consultants and freelancers, the Internet is opening up almost limitless networking possibilities--quickly and economically. In this hands-on resource, Herman Holtz shows consultants in every field just where on the Internet they'll find a market for their specific services.

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Going Solo : Developing a Home-Based Consulting Business from the Ground Up by William J. Bond.       Going Solo shows readers how to take their specialized knowledge--gathered from a job, career, education or life experiences--and turn it into a profitable, thriving business.

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The Home Office Book by Donna Paul, Grey Crawford (Photographer), Bo Niles (Editor).       Donna Paul, a contributing editor to Metropolitan Home, brings her experience and expertise to an analysis of 45 home offices around the country, looking at how and why they work. The Home Office Book explores all aspects of creating a workable, comfortable, and stylish office at home. 250 full-color photos.

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Desk (Chic Simple Components) by Kim Johnson Gross, Jeff Stone, Todd Lyon.       Everything you need for an organized work space at the office or at home--all about the desk itself, from historic to practical, ergonomic to antique, the chair, lamp, files, and supplies; professional and personal stationery, pens, pencils, markers, and graph pads.

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The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management : Proven Strategies for Increased Productivity and Inner Peace by Hyrum W. Smith.       Written for anyone who suffers from "time famine," this essential handbook provides simple, effective methods for successfully taking control of one's hours--and one's life. Smith shows how, by managing time better, anyone can lead a happier, more confident and fulfilled life.

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10 Minute Guide to Business Research on the Net by Thomas Pack.       Mini-tutorials, each of which can be completed in 10 minutes or less, will help researchers learn how to find and access the wealth of market information available on the Internet and the World Wide Web. The simple approach of this 10 Minute Guide is an ideal method for teaching new and casual computer users what is available online and how to access it.

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Webonomics : Nine Essential Principles for Growing Your Business on the World Wide Web by Evan I. Schwartz.       The first comprehensive guide to Webonomics - the economics of the World Wide Web - that explains, in nine essential principles, how to market your business using the Internet. The author provides well-written and entertaining field notes on how businesses succeed on the Web. Schwartz illustrates his conclusions, which include such wise gems as "Consumers must be compensated for disclosing information about themselves," with a witty style derived from his experience with both Wired and Business Week.

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Enterprise One to One : Tools for Competing in the Interactive Age by Don Peppers, Martha Rogers.       Their 1993 bestseller, The One to One Future, was named "book of the year" by Tom Peters. Now, with The One to One Enterprise, Peppers and Rogers go far beyond theory to show practical strategies for transforming any company into a successful competitor in the age of interactivity. As net users, we have all been subject to cookies and questionaires. This book delves deeply into the need for these and other tools by showing their positive aspects. A must read for both business and the aware consumer as well.

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1,001 Ways to Motivate Yourself and Others by Sang H. Kim.       Primarily geared to the business/management market, 1,001 Ways to Motivate Yourself and Others has a wealth of information on universal themes that will inspire any reader who is seeking a motivational boost including managers, small business owners, self-employed professionals, teachers, coaches, seminar leaders,artists, and writers.

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60-Minute Financial Planner by Dana Shilling.       This helpful, concise guide to financial planning provides the reader with the necessary information he or she needs to intelligently consult with a financial planner, or work through the planning process independently.

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