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Highlights

  • 03:54 - Quaint relics of the 20th century
  • 12:11 - Resistance to change
  • 17:38 - Identity politics
  • 23:25 - Gen Z culture
  • 38:35 - Building a better Africa

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Over the past half-decade, or even longer, it feels like something has changed drastically across the world. It could be the influence of social media and how it allows trends to scale quickly across the world, or it could be something else.

One of those changes is more visibility being given to black people protesting and fighting against centuries of systemic racism. There’s another possible trend I have observed that, for lack of a better word, I call “nationalism."

More and more politicians and people pushing for more inward focussed policies.

Even in South Africa, we have witnessed many protests against big companies that have had racist advertisements and in some cases, we have observed as social media is being used by many people to try and push for an agenda against foreign nationals.

The question that begs to ask though is are there any underlying trends that are driving these changes and sentiments?

In this episode of The Tefo Mohapi Show we are joined by Dion Chang, Founder at South Africa’s Flux Trends, a company that analyses macro trends that influence social dynamics and our business interactions. Dion discusses and helps us understand some of the trends that look like they are shaping our zeitgeist.

Biography: Dion Chang

Dion is a strategic thinker, keynote speaker, a walking ideas bank and professional cage rattler. He is one of South Africa’s most respected trend analysts and founder of Flux Trends, which takes the unique view of “trends as business strategy”.

Flux Trends specialises in identifying unexpected business opportunities within shifting trends, and specifically the impact of disruptive technologies – across all industries – ensuring that global trends have relevance when translated for African, and South African businesses.

Dion is passionate about assisting companies embrace change and embedding a culture of innovation into corporate operating systems. As a result, he is used as a management consultant for businesses facing change and struggling to adapt to a new world order.
He will see your blind spots and is not afraid to ask those difficult or uncomfortable questions.

He lectures Foresight and Innovation Implementation modules for executives and senior management at various business schools, including GIBS, UCT’s Graduate School of Business and Duke CE. He has devised and hosted three trend conferences, published three trend books and sits on the advisory board of the Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment at WITS.

Apart from being an information source for cross-industry trends for many journalists, he also writes columns for City Press, Acumen (a C-suite business quarterly for GIBS) and is a regular podcast contributor to eBizRadio.

His 20-year experience in the media industry as a journalist and media spokesperson, enables him to provide insights into the ever-changing relationship between brands, consumers and the communication channels that bind them.

He has a deep passion for youth trends and subcultures, as well as for solution-based innovation for greater good.

He is an intrepid traveller, global citizen and proud South African.

Podcast notes

LinkedIn: Dion Chang

Twitter: Dion Chang

Company: Flux Trends

Insight: Commercial property: The Great Exodus? by Flux Trends

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