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In the cover art for the 2019 edition of TrendsWatch, a figure in futuristic dress looks out into a view of space with a console consisting of abstract shapes above it.
The 2019 edition of TrendsWatch—the Alliance’s forecasting report—covers the emergent topics of truth and trust, blockchain, decolonization, homelessness and housing insecurity, and self-care.

TrendsWatch 2019

Welcome to TrendsWatch, CFM’s annual forecasting report. This year we explore Truth, Trust, and Fake News, blockchain, decolonization, homelessness and housing insecurity, and self-care. For each of these topics we:

  • explore how each trend is playing out in the world
  • investigate what this means for society and for museums
  • share examples of how museums are engaging with this trend
  • suggest how museums might respond.

Access an executive summary, video overview, and full report from the TrendsWatch 2019 homepage.

Previous editions of the report are available as free PDF downloads, below.

TrendsWatch 2018

This special Scenario Edition of our annual forecasting report is designed to help organizations “futureproof” their strategic planning.  Four versions of the future challenge museums to come up with creative solutions to the central challenge: how can museums thrive, in the face of diverse forces of change? Each scenario provides guidance for structuring conversations around these playful provocations, prompting readers and planning teams to ask questions that can help guide your strategic planning.

TrendsWatch 2017

Read more about TrendsWatch 2017 including trends about:

Clicking on the report’s title, above, will take you to a page asking you to provide your name and e-mail address, in return for a link enabling you to download the report.

We look forward to contacting you via e-mail, inviting you to tell us a bit about how you have used the report.

TrendsWatch 2017 is available in print edition in the AAM Bookstore.

TrendsWatch 2016

Read more about TrendsWatch 2016 including trends about:

Clicking on the report’s title, above, will take you to a page asking you to provide your name and e-mail address, in return for a link enabling you to download the report.

We look forward to contacting you via e-mail, inviting you to tell us a bit about how you have used the report.

TrendsWatch 2016 is available in print edition in the AAM Bookstore.

TrendsWatch 2015

Read more about TrendsWatch 2015 including trends about:

Clicking on the report’s title, above, will take you to a page asking you to provide your name and e-mail address, in return for a link enabling you to download the report.

TrendsWatch 2015 is available in print edition in the AAM Bookstore.

TrendsWatch 2014

Read more about TrendsWatch 2014 including trends about:

Read Before Opening PDF: Apropos of two of the trends covering in this year’s report—big data and privacy—the attached PDF is different from last year’s report in a subtle but important way. Embedded in the document is a tracking code (aka, the “magic chip”) that counts when the report is opened or printed and reports these stats back to CFM. Your browser may ask you to confirm that you want to let us track your use of the report—please say yes, as tracking the distribution of the free PDF provides the information we need to attract underwriting for the report.

TrendsWatch 2014 is also available in print edition.

TrendsWatch 2013

Download a copy of TrendsWatch 2013 including trends about:

  • Trends in Philanthropy
  • 3-D Printing
  • Micro-credentialing
  • The Internet of Things
  • Disconnecting from Digital Experiences
  • The Urban Renaissance

TrendsWatch 2012

Download a copy of TrendsWatch 2012 including trends about:

  • Crowdsourcing
  • Threats to Nonprofit Status
  • Mobile, Pop-up Experiences
  • Alternate Funding
  • Creative Aging
  • Augmented Reality
  • New Educational Era

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