GDI researchers analyse megatrends and countertrends and develop future scenarios for the economy and society. Their findings are reported in studies and books and discussed at conferences and events. The GDI is a practice-oriented, independent institution with a focus on the early identification of trends in the retail sector.
WHAT IS TREND RESEARCH?
Trend research tries to make visible and name phenomena that are not (yet) visible to the majority of people through their perception of the usual. The aim is not to make precise forecasts, but rather to sound out future spaces of possibility, to conduct thought experiments, to tell stories about the future. Here you can learn more about megatrends, microtrends and the working methods of futurologists.
MEGATRENDS AND COUNTERTRENDS
The future stories tie in with today's megatrends and countertrends and can be located within them. Megatrends are substantial, long-term changes in structures, processes, behaviours and values. They appear globally and are relevant for different industries. Megatrends create additional degrees of freedom, opportunities for advancement and options and trigger great dynamics. In the shadow of such movements, there is always a corresponding countermovement: Actors for whom the change is happening too fast or in the wrong direction react to the megatrend and trigger a countertrend. Mega- and counter-trend are thus always very closely linked.
OUR LEAD TOPICS
We conduct research on the topics of retail, food and health. The cross-cutting themes of consumption, society, technology and the environment illuminate the main topics from different perspectives. .