California is a trendsetter, not consistently, but so much of the time that it pays for any serious futurist to closely study the state’s inclinations—whether in politics, economics, fashion, or culture—as harbingers of what’s to follow down the road. No, the state doesn’t have a monopoly on innovation, creativity, or bizarre behavior, but you would be hard-pressed to find another as influential in so many respects so much of the time. The dreamers, the inventors, the iconoclasts, and yes, the many misfits of all stripes dwell in California in proportions significantly greater than you will find almost anywhere. At times, the combination of forces can be uproarious, at other times intimidating, and still ...
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