Editor's blog

  • ForeThought: Substance, with style

    As I write this, I’m just back from IFAI’s 2013 Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show in Orlando.  Read more...
  • ForeThought: Movement and momentum

    My term as chairman of the board of IFAI is coming to an end. Read more...
  • ForeThought: New and improved

    This October in Orlando, you’ll get a chance to see firsthand either an evolutionary wonder or you’ll see the creation of something new and transformational. Read more...
  • ForeThought: The competitive itch

    A long time ago, in a publishing company far, far away (Minneapolis), I worked on the startup of a magazine called Recreation Resources. Read more...
  • ForeThought: Gearing up

    Consultants always know that when you see the light at the end of the tunnel … order more tunnel. Read more...
  • ForeThought: The long run, in short

    The buzzword now is “resilience”: the ability not only to bounce back from natural disasters or deep economic recession, but also to successfully adapt to new trends. Read more...
  • ForeThought: The fiscal years

    During the "great recession,” the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) was impelled toward many of the same priorities as any other business: the need to do more with less. Read more...
  • ForeThought: Social manufacturing

    The StarTribune reports that Minnesota has regained all but 1,000 of the 156,000 jobs that vanished during the recession, and the remaining deficit consists of jobs in the government. Read more...
  • ForeThought: Human capital gains

    Every February, I visit the Despair Inc. website to order some candy hearts: the “Dumped Bittersweets” collection. Read more...
  • ForeThought: A working education

    Aside from the economy (as much as anything is), there are still issues that, if not unique to the specialty fabrics industry, are so important to our readers that they come up repeatedly whenever we ask for comments about our editorial calendar for the year. Read more...