Trend Blend: 4 Infographics showing the major global trends

At the end of every year media call on futurists to ask them what to expect in coming years, reflecting the appetite from their audiences for future thinking. One of the best ways to feed this desire is with infographics, distilling ideas into an accessible visual representation.

For the last four years a Trend Blend has been produced to close out the year. Each year this has been driven by Richard Watson of NowandNext, with myself and Future Exploration Network participating in the creation of the first three of these.

Below is a compilation of the four Trend Blends. You will see some themes recurring, and other fresh trends emerging over the years. All are intended to be fun and provocative, used both for general entertainment and sometimes for stimulating new thinking in the course of more serious futures and strategy work.

Click on the maps to see the detailed versions.

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Trend Blend 2007+ map

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Trend Blend 2008+

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Trend Blend 2009+

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Trends and Technology Timeline 2010+

  • Good infograph, congratulations for your work. It shows some points that we sometimes forget, and sometimes are critical.
    Greetings