As The Future Laboratory co-founder Martin Raymond explains in his latest edition of The Trend Forecaster’s Handbook, the world of forecasting has become increasingly complex and challenging as the science behind the sector continues to develop and grow
Previously, the focus was on identifying trends, while now it is about converting those trends into practical, profitable and market-specific solutions. All of this requires better and more efficient approaches to interrogating data, identifying opportunity, harnessing influence, and boot-camping innovation in short, easy-to-activate stages.
Written for the professional forecaster, researcher, innovator and foresight strategist, this expanded and updated version of The Trend Forecaster’s Handbook explains, explores and fully examines the growing battery of technologies, techniques and executional approaches used to identify trends, capture insights, develop forecasts, inform innovation, and define and develop new product streams.
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Chapters have been developed as instructional, self-contained modules that use the collective insights of experts, planners, strategists, academics, futurists and industry practitioners to explore the following:
: The Anatomy of a Trend
The science behind a trend’s origins, identification and the ways it is disseminated into the culture
: The Trend Forecaster’s Toolkit
Pan-global techniques and processes used to identify, manage and use trends
: Intuition and Strategic Foresight
Combining quantitative and qualitative methodologies for powerful forecasts
: Network Forecasting
The hidden laws of social, cultural and data-driven networks, and how to harness them more effectively
: Cultural Triangulation
The role of observation, intuition and hard and soft data in future planning and strategy
: Scenario Planning
Practices and processes for mapping tomorrow’s plausible, probable and problematic scenarios
: Foresight, Strategy and Sprint Innovation
Using the many approaches outlined in the book to drive innovation and disrupt thinking
Once you’ve read the book, you will be able to do the following:
Assemble and manage your own trends network; harness influencers and drive change; master horizon scanning and cross-cultural analysis; create, develop and activate your own ‘super-forecasting’ department; use gut intuition and strategic insight correctly; assemble and harness your own collaborative innovation networks; use and deploy super-nodes, super-forecasters and super-connectors to maximum effect; develop your own Cultural Triangulation research processes; design and run your own future scenarios; build your own ideation machine; and create and execute your own innovation sprints.
Get an exclusive copy of The Trend Forecaster’s Handbook: Second Edition, with a personal note from its author, Martin Raymond, co-founder of The Future Laboratory.
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Please note, delivery may take up to 5 weeks outside the UK.
The Trend Forecaster’s Handbook
For a limited period, The Future Laboratory and The Trend Forecasting Handbook’s author Martin Raymond have co-developed a range of 90 minute, 60 minute and 30 minutes masterclasses with accompanying presentations that are designed to distil and disseminate the many insights captured in this book in ways that are practical, collaborative and actionable within your organisation, team, or industry sector.
Even more practically, curtesy of our online network LS:N Global, we can utilise the latest trends impacting on your industry to make these masterclasses even more relevant, impactive and strategic to your future development.