18 Top International Trend Sites

As innovator you need to look ahead and prepare your organization for the future. Not an easy job, knowing the world is changing at an increasing pace. What’s going to happen? How will my market change? What new technology is out there? How are target groups changing? And what impact will it have on us?

In my new book ‘The Innovation Expedition’, web search professional Marc Heleven of www.7ideas.be shares with us 18 top international trend sites where you can find a lot of answers on future change.

Springwise

Springwise scans the globe for the most promising business ventures, ideas and concepts that are ready for regional or international adaptation, expansion, partnering, investments or cooperation.

Trendwatching

One of the world’s leading trend firms, trendwatching.com scans the globe for emerging consumer trends, insights and innovations.

Trend Hunter

Trend Hunter is the world’s largest, most popular collection of cutting edge ideas, crowdsourced by 85,462 Trend Hunters.

MoreInspiration

MoreInspiration lets you discover innovative products and technologies from all possible domains.

Trends@alltop

The purpose of Alltop is to help you answer the question, ‘What’s happening?’ in ‘all the topics’ that interest you. You may wonder how Alltop is different from a search engine. A search engine is good for answering questions like, ‘How many people live in China?’ However, it has a much harder time answering the question, ‘What’s happening in China?’ That’s the kind of question that we answer.

NOTCOT

NOTCOT Inc is a growing network of design sites currently including NOTCOT.com and innovative community contributed sites NOTCOT.org + NotCouture.com + Liqurious.com. NOTCOT is a visual filtration of ideas + aesthetics + amusements.

CoolBusinessIdeas

CoolBusinessIdeas.com is a blog about brand new promising business ideas around the world. Follow them in the hunt for the latest business concepts!

PSFK

Over 1,000,000 readers from the design, digital, marketing, media and technology industries come to PSFK each month to read and share the emerging ideas.

Trendcentral

Powered by the research, insights and global trendsetter network of The Intelligence Group, trendcentral® focuses on what’s new and what’s next in the realms of lifestyle, fashion, entertainment and technology. Over the years, trendcentral has forecast the arrival of cultural phenomena well before they entered the mainstream, ranging from branded designer jeans and vampire films to videoblogging and Twitter.

World Future Society

The mission of the World Future Society is to enable thinkers, political personalities, scientists and lay-people to share an informed, serious dialogue on what the future will be like.

David Report

David Report is an influential blog and online magazine that since 2006 writes about trends in the intersection of design, culture and business. Our readers share our interest and curiosity in everything from art, architecture, culture, design and fashion to food, innovation, music, sustainability and travel.

JWT Intelligence

JWT Intelligence is focusing on identifying changes in the global zeitgeist so as to convert shifts into compelling opportunities for brands. They have done this on behalf of multinational clients across several categories including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food, and home and personal care.

TED

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.

Lidewij Edelkoort

From her creation of innovative trend books and audiovisuals since the 1980s to lifestyle analysis and research conducted for the world’s leading brands today, Lidewij has pioneered trend forecasting as a profession.

edelkoort.com

Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies

The objective of the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies is to strengthen the basis for decision-making in public and private organisations by creating awareness of the future and highlighting its importance to the present.

TrendOriginal

TrendOriginal is the personal consumer trends collections of Dr. Taly Weiss, CEO and head researcher for TrendsSpotting.com Market Research and founder of TrendoScope-The trend spotting lab.

Cool Hunting

Cool Hunting is synonymous with seeking inspiration. Our global team of editors and contributors sift through innovations in design, technology, art and culture to create our award-winning publication, consisting of daily updates and weekly mini-documentaries.

Mashable

Mashable is the largest independent news source dedicated to covering digital culture, social media and technology. Mashable’s 20 million monthly unique visitors and 4 million social media followers have become one of the most engaged online news communities.

Wishing you a wonderful trend search!

By Gijs van Wulfen

About the author

Gijs van Wulfen (The Netherlands, 1960) is the founder of the FORTH innovation method. FORTH is an effective and structured method for ideating innovative products and services. His latest book is “The Innovation Expedition: a visual toolkit to start innovation”. His clients are international companies in industry and services, as well as non-profit organizations in government and health. Gijs also trains facilitators in his method.

Gijs is a key-note speaker at international innovation conferences, chosen by Linkedin as one of their 150 Thought Leaders and the #2 in the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2012.

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