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2005 Fast Forward

Searching far and wide, the Fast Company team has identified 101 ideas, people, and trends that will change the way we work and live in 2005. Most year-end best-of lists look to the past -- what was. Fast Company's Fast Forward project looks into the future -- what's next? The future is something to get excited about again. Here's the people, products, and projects that will make the future real.

Read the November 2004 feature story

Nominate #101

Our 101st item is up to you. What did we miss? Which person, company, idea, or product do you think will have the most impact in 2005? Nominate your ideas. We'll print the best ones in the magazine.

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Online Insights Roundups

Innovation Station
Richard Watson offers what he considers to be the 10 greatest ideas, tools, and thinkers for 2005 -- concentrating on innovation and creativity.
Talent & Careers
Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans expand on the top 10 trends for career development and employee engagement.
Talent & Careers II
Margaret Heffernan recommends books, themes, and tools for 2005.
Sales & Marketing
Karen Post walks through 10 high-energy ideas that touch on sales and marketing, as well as personal and professional development.
Networking
Keith Ferrazzi suggests that the Relationship Economy will be built by getting personal, exercising your body as well as your mind, and moving marketing beyond branding.
The Customer Experience
Mark Hurst, a contributor to the forthcoming Customer Experience resource center, offers his top 10 trends for 2005, focusing on technology and the user experience.