The world is changing at a rapid pace. And many of the forces driving these changes can’t be seen at all. Hosted by Jefferies insiders Shannon Murphy and Erin Shea, Invisible Forces is a show about the unseen influences that are rapidly transforming our way of life and global economy. With surprising stories and expert interviews, we’re looking into the future at where we'll be living, how we'll be working, what we'll be buying ... and why.
An All-Encompassing Economy
Culturally in 2020, the conversation around racial injustice has hit a breaking point. COVID-19 exacerbated inequities in health outcomes for Black and Latino Americans, and in the wake of George Floyd’s death, we’ve seen a massive movement against systemic racism. The people have spoken - now how will businesses, markets and economies respond?
Today, consumers are seeking ways to support Black-owned businesses with their dollars, and companies are looking to hire more equitably and inclusively. Even our technology is getting a redesign – to correct biases built right into the programming of tech tools we use everyday.
Hosts Shannon Murphy and Erin Shea are joined by colleague Nadia Batchelor to explore how this powerful movement can create enduring changes in businesses around the world.
A New Peace of Mind
2020 has been a year of instability and upheaval, so it’s no surprise many of us have been especially focused on our security. And that comes in many forms – securing our health, our homes, our finances, and even our digital lives. We used to talk about ‘safety in numbers’ – but during the pandemic as we’ve been in quarantine and isolation, we’ve had to rethink what security looks and feels like today.
In this episode, hosts Shannon Murphy and Erin Shea explore how this need for fortification has been accelerated by work-from-home orders and lockdowns, and how this year has changed our idea of security for good.
Lean, Mean and Green: the Future of Sustainable Businesses
Consumers today, especially younger buyers, are in the market for more environmentally friendly products - and the good news is, their options are only growing. Hosts Shannon Murphy and Erin Shea look at how the trend towards conscious consumption is driving change in just about every industry, from fashion to food to home decor.
In this episode we dig into how tech is powering green innovations in a wide range of industries. We hear from business leaders about how this force is not only good for the Earth, but good for your company's bottom line, and we ask: as the buying power of Gen Xers and Millennials grows into the trillions, how will this trend change our markets over the next decade?
The Changing Face of Urban Space
The global pandemic has made many of us think differently about the cities we live in. While lockdowns closed many of the amenities that make cities desirable, work-from-home orders showed us we can really work from anywhere. Hosts Shannon Murphy and Erin Shea are joined by equity researcher Jon Matuszewski, whose research shows that many city-dwellers are considering leaving for the suburbs – but will they really move?
In this episode, we explore the future of our cities, and how the push-pull of urbanization will shake out over the coming years. What does the pandemic spell for the future of urban transportation? How can we safely return to the office – and what will the post-COVID office even look like? How can we take the lessons we’re learning from this crisis to build greener, healthier, more liveable urban settings?
When Tech is Your Tailor
From the ads we see, to what we buy, and even how we're treated when we get sick, the world is getting more bespoke and personalized every day. For consumers, personalization offers the promise of a better, more intimate shopping experience and of products that are more finely tuned to their exact needs and interests. For businesses, personalization can be an effective way to boost sales, customer satisfaction and brand loyalty, all while minimizing costs and overhead. In this episode, hosts Erin Shea and Shannon Murphy look at how the shift towards hyper-personalized goods and services is revolutionizing retail and completely transforming the consumer and healthcare landscape.
Crying Over Spilled Milk: The Disruption Solution
The outbreak of COVID-19 has exposed major weaknesses in our global supply chain. Governments, manufacturers, retailers, small businesses, individual consumers — all have been hit hard by the shutting down of international borders and travel stoppage. For some, supply has been the problem — how do you secure access to the products you need when shipping routes are closed and much of the world is on lockdown? For others, it’s been the opposite problem — how do you offload stockpiles of inventory when demand for your product has suddenly vanished?
In the season two premiere of Invisible Forces, hosts Erin Shea and Shannon Murphy look at how everything from vital medical equipment to fresh produce to jigsaw puzzles are being made and transported differently in the wake of COVID-19 — and how the pandemic is rapidly transforming the $10 trillion global supply chain and fuelling a push towards localization in the process.
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Perfect Podcast for Your Commute!
The perfect podcast for your commute! They break down the topics with interesting stories that keep you hooked. A must-listen for anyone running their own business. The analysis of market trends and driving forces is both interesting and informative. Cannot wait for season two!
Got recommended to this by another podcast I like, and wow, after listening, this is bad. Okay, it’s an advert for Jeffries, fine, but it’s so shallow. They present things that are interesting, but only get one view of it — frequently from their own people, or from the person promoting whatever it is being discussed. No questioning (of what are, from the two episodes I listened to, pretty questionable claims), no alternate takes from critics or even other voices, no consideration of the ethics or possible outcomes.
And the two presenters are basically lifeless and boring! They really seem like people brought in to read from scripts.
Oh, and you’ll want to skip the last minute and 45 seconds (!!!) that is just a Jeffries lawyer basically disclaiming everything said, and trying to apply terms and conditions.
Brilliant content expertly delivered.