These questions (and more) form the basis of the Centre for Innovation’s first Trend Report, a magazine-style publication discussing the latest societal and technological trends that are likely to affect our lives in the years to come.

Covering articles and interviews by academics and thought leaders in their field, the Trend Report aims to inform as well as inspire innovators, educators, businesses and students alike.

The six trends – virtual empathy, human enhancement, digital life, impact economy, collective intelligence and hacking uncertainty – were selected by the Centre for Innovation after careful observation and research, as well as discussions with project partners from universities, NGOs and businesses.

The Trend Report includes an interview with Saskia Sassen about the future of the global city and a feature by Nathaniel Raymond on the true purpose of collective intelligence. Bibi van den BergLiesbet van Zoonen and others discuss how technology and big data will influence society. A full overview of all articles and interviews can be found below.

We hope that this publication will reach a wide audience of different backgrounds, interests and viewpoints, and encourages open discussion and debate.


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Shifting the Starting Point: Should We Give More Priority to Societal Impact?
By Ulrich Mans & Lucy Bernholz

Learning Experience Design: A New Way of Learning
By Sjoerd Louwaars

Learning in Mixed Reality
By Beerend Hierck & Thomas Hurkxkens

Encouraging Empathy via Virtual Interactions
By Shawnee Baughman & Jeremy Bailenson

Guilty Landscapes
Interview with Dries Verhoeven

Natura Artis Magistra? The Necessity of Art in the Public Debate on Human Enhancement
By Robert Zwijnenberg

Protecting Privacy in a Digital World
Interview with Bibi van den Berg

The Bold City: Shaping Society with Big Data
Interview with Liesbet van Zoonen

Now that Machines Can Learn: Can We Integrate Human and Artificial Intelligences?
By Cristóbal Cobo

Welcome to the Human-to-Human Purpose- and Experience-Driven Era
By Ayelet Baron & Tim McDonald

Stepping Towards the Future: How Do We Adapt?
Interview with Jan Adriaanse

The True Purpose of Collective Intelligence
By Nathaniel Raymond

Preserving the Human Edge: The Future of Quantified Forecasting
By Regina Joseph

The Future of the Global City
Interview with Saskia Sassen

Foreign Polity in a VUCA World
By Lex Hoogduin & Jochem Wiers

Excelling in Innovation in an Uncertain World
Interview with Jonah Sachs