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The Drucker Business Forum Presents: Spend Shift: How the Post-Crisis Values Revolution is Changing the Way We Buy, Sell & Live

Thursday, December 9, 2010, 7:45am - 9:30am
The Crawford Family Forum 474 South Raymond Avenue Pasadena, CA 91105 Map and directions
John Gerzema in conversation with Art Kliener. John Gerzema is Chief Insights Officer of Young & Rubicam Group, one the world’s largest communications companies. He applies consumer insights, social trends and analytics into management innovation strategies. Gerzema author of the new book, Spend Shift: How the Post Crisis Values Revolution is Changing the Way We Buy, Sell, and Live, and the Businessweek bestseller The Brand Bubble and a frequent speaker at conferences such as The Economist, TED and Google. Gerzema points to a revolution in consumer values that will remake the consumer marketplace and revitalize the economy. Drawing from the world’s largest database of consumer attitudes about brands (750,000 people polled every quarter over 17 years), he found that since 2007—even before the crisis—all data pointed to a revolution in the making. Americans were becoming uneasy with debt and excess spending, distrustful of leaders and skeptical of materialist values. Armed with these findings, Gerzema set off across America to document the Spend Shift and its effects from coast to coast. The result is the first on-the-ground report from the quiet revolution of values that is remaking the American economy and reshaping the global marketplace. Art Kleiner is the editor of Strategy + Business magazine and a business journalist and the author of several critically lauded books on business history and organizations. He is the author of Who Really Matters: The Core Group Theory of Power, Privilege and Success. Between 2001 and 2004 he was the director of research and publications for the Dialogos consulting firm in Cambridge, MA. He has contributed to the Harvard Business Review, The New York Times Magazine, and numerous other publications. To watch the video of this event, please click HERE.