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Trend Atelier

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    Trend Atelier is a community gathering purpose led future foresight professionals and futuring creatives from around the world. They work in the style and broader design industry and are focused on implementing sustainable futures.

    Our community platform, hosted on Circle, provides foresight and participatory futures training to empower their methods, strategies and mindsets to implement sustainable futures.

    We see the field of future foresight and participatory futures as a gateway to critical decisions for the greater good of the planet & the people.

    Our Mission is to help future forecasting professionals and futuring creatives acquire the tools to:
    - Implement sustainable and participatory futures strategies in their work and organisations
    - Achieve impact through the output of these sustainable and participatory futures projects
    - Commit to what we call ‘Inside Out sustainability’ by applying sustainable principles to their own wellbeing, ways of working, collaborating and long-term mission

    On a macro and long-term level, Trend Atelier’s mission is to help the future foresight community in fashion and design change outdated systems + build regenerative ways of manufacturing, designing, exchanging and innovating.

    Implementation of the Project/Activity

    In terms of methodologies, Trend Atelier teaches methodologies and principles under the ‘World Building framework’, a comprehensive method for building sustainable futures.
    In this framework we teach:
    - The Hunt Identify Gather methodology
    - Transcendence foresight
    - The Syntropic Flower Model
    - Inside out sustainability
    - Speculative Design
    - Ethical futures research methods

    In terms of implementation both online and offline, supporting sustainable innovation and futures literacy is carried out through the practice of:
    - Panels with experts and diverse voices
    - Lectures
    - Workshops
    - Downloadable tools and guides
    - Surveys to track our impact and the experience of our members

    Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

    The Trend Atelier facilitates sustainable futures knowledge and insights through several irl and url platforms:

    - Circle for the online community platform
    - Teachable for online courses
    - Online events on Zoom
    - Online workshops on Miro and Zoom
    - Online Newsletter delivered through Mailchimp
    - Webflow hosted website where articles and resources are shared
    - We will start hosting irl workshops in London in 2023

    Coordination mechanisms

    Trend Atelier is a hybrid online community and school founded by Fashion Futurist Geraldine Wharry.

    In terms of strategies, Trend Atelier focuses on:
    1- Futures Literacy: applicable methodologies, frameworks, philosophies under what we have called our ‘World Building program’, to drive sustainable innovation and foresight
    2- Future insights: Collective foresight of future trends and societal macro driving forces impacting the world of fashion and the creative industry to promote information on pioneering changes and sustainable innovations

    The Trend Atelier’s involvement in programs includes our Membership program which provides:
    - Workshops and trainings on sustainable future trends and strategies
    - Downloadable tools and frameworks
    - Monthly support calls
    - All access to our network of forecasters, designers and creatives
    - Knowledge base shared by Trend Atelier members

    In terms of platforms for:
    - Trend Atelier writes about future foresight philosophies and methods to educate its audiences on its blog here
    - Trend Atelier also makes free downloadable resources available on its site here
    - Trend Atelier also makes its sessions available to the public on YouTube
    - Our founder Geraldine Wharry is regularly interviewed on Podcasts and advocates for the Trend Atelier’s work


    Below are insights pertaining to strengths and results the Trend Atelier community have provided:

    Nalini Arora
    Footwear & Accessory Design Consultant – Los Angeles USA
    "I've really enjoyed being in the community because there's not just designers, there are trend forecasters, teachers different creatives. we're sharing our thoughts and I love hearing the different perspectives. it gives me an opportunity to challenge and question myself. as a designer you're rushed to do things and so your research kind of goes to the wayside. so being part of a community reminds me TO do more careful, thoughtful research, IT will be better for my clients and I love going to the website and reading links from people and finding new ideas."

    Veronica Fossa
    Togetherness & Community Researcher, Speaker, Podcaster @The Nourishing Workplace, Entrepreneur - Milano Italy
    "I really like the idea this is democratic and accessible. People can also contribute with insights and it is a very collaborative platform. So being part of the community I was introduced to a lot of concepts I wasn’t familiar with. What I really love about it is also that it is very broad in terms of topics we cover. As trend forecasters, we are also curators of our own world, ambassadors of the type of world we want to see."

    Rachael Taylor
    Course Leader of Fashion Communication and Business at Brighton University, Researcher and Artist – Brighton UK
    "That is the amazing thing about the community it’s that co-created conversation. It opens up new ways of thinking and doing. We have critical conversations and come up with solutions. And I think for me it is a really special place because it feels safe to take risks and have these open conversations you really want to have about making a positive change in what you do."

    "I'm really thankful to be in this community of so talented and amazing people during this year. It has encouraged me to be systematical and also gives many inspirations."
    Barbara Strabel-Horbacz
    Trend Researcher - Warsaw, Poland


    Geraldine Wharry – Pure Origin – Shapers of Society – The Community experience

    Goal 4

    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

    Goal 4


    By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes


    Proportion of children and young people (a) in grades 2/3; (b) at the end of primary; and (c) at the end of lower secondary achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in (i) reading and (ii) mathematics, by sex


    Completion rate (primary education, lower secondary education, upper secondary education)


    By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education


    Proportion of children aged 24–59 months who are developmentally on track in health, learning and psychosocial well-being, by sex


    Participation rate in organized learning (one year before the official primary entry age), by sex


    By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university


    Participation rate of youth and adults in formal and non-formal education and training in the previous 12 months, by sex


    By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship


    Proportion of youth and adults with information and communications technology (ICT) skills, by type of skill


    By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations

    Parity indices (female/male, rural/urban, bottom/top wealth quintile and others such as disability status, indigenous peoples and conflict-affected, as data become available) for all education indicators on this list that can be disaggregated


    By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy


    Proportion of population in a given age group achieving at least a fixed level of proficiency in functional (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills, by sex


    By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development


    Extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development are mainstreamed in (a) national education policies; (b) curricula; (c) teacher education and (d) student assessment


    Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all


    Proportion of schools offering basic services, by type of service


    By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrolment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries

    Volume of official development assistance flows for scholarships by sector and type of study


    By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States


    Proportion of teachers with the minimum required qualifications, by education level

    Goal 12

    Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

    Goal 12


    Implement the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns, all countries taking action, with developed countries taking the lead, taking into account the development and capabilities of developing countries


    Number of countries developing, adopting or implementing policy instruments aimed at supporting the shift to sustainable consumption and production


    By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources


    Material footprint, material footprint per capita, and material footprint per GDP


    Domestic material consumption, domestic material consumption per capita, and domestic material consumption per GDP


    By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses


    (a) Food loss index and (b) food waste index


    By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment

    Number of parties to international multilateral environmental agreements on hazardous waste, and other chemicals that meet their commitments and obligations in transmitting information as required by each relevant agreement

    (a) Hazardous waste generated per capita; and (b) proportion of hazardous waste treated, by type of treatment


    By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse


    National recycling rate, tons of material recycled


    Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle

    Number of companies publishing sustainability reports


    Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities


    Number of countries implementing sustainable public procurement policies and action plans


    By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature


    Extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development are mainstreamed in (a) national education policies; (b) curricula; (c) teacher education; and (d) student assessment


    Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production


    Installed renewable energy-generating capacity in developing and developed countries (in watts per capita)


    Develop and implement tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products


    Implementation of standard accounting tools to monitor the economic and environmental aspects of tourism sustainability


    Rationalize inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption by removing market distortions, in accordance with national circumstances, including by restructuring taxation and phasing out those harmful subsidies, where they exist, to reflect their environmental impacts, taking fully into account the specific needs and conditions of developing countries and minimizing the possible adverse impacts on their development in a manner that protects the poor and the affected communities


    Amount of fossil-fuel subsidies (production and consumption) per unit of GDP

    Goal 13

    Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

    Goal 13


    Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries


    Number of deaths, missing persons and directly affected persons attributed to disasters per 100,000 population


    Number of countries that adopt and implement national disaster risk reduction strategies in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030


    Proportion of local governments that adopt and implement local disaster risk reduction strategies in line with national disaster risk reduction strategies


    Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning


    Number of countries with nationally determined contributions, long-term strategies, national adaptation plans and adaptation communications, as reported to the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change


    Total greenhouse gas emissions per year


    Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning


    Extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development are mainstreamed in (a) national education policies; (b) curricula; (c) teacher education; and (d) student assessment


    Implement the commitment undertaken by developed-country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion annually by 2020 from all sources to address the needs of developing countries in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation and fully operationalize the Green Climate Fund through its capitalization as soon as possible


    Amounts provided and mobilized in United States dollars per year in relation to the continued existing collective mobilization goal of the $100 billion commitment through to 2025


    Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities



    Number of least developed countries and small island developing States with nationally determined contributions, long-term strategies, national adaptation plans and adaptation communications, as reported to the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

    Goal 16

    Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

    Goal 16


    Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere

    Number of victims of intentional homicide per 100,000 population, by sex and age
    Conflict-related deaths per 100,000 population, by sex, age and cause

    Proportion of population subjected to (a) physical violence, (b) psychological violence and/or (c) sexual violence in the previous 12 months


    Proportion of population that feel safe walking alone around the area they live after dark


    End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children


    Proportion of children aged 1–17 years who experienced any physical punishment and/or psychological aggression by caregivers in the past month

    Number of victims of human trafficking per 100,000 population, by sex, age and form of exploitation

    Proportion of young women and men aged 18–29 years who experienced sexual violence by age 18


    Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all


    Proportion of victims of (a) physical, (b) psychological and/or (c) sexual violence in the previous 12 months who reported their victimization to competent authorities or other officially recognized conflict resolution mechanisms

    Unsentenced detainees as a proportion of overall prison population

    Proportion of the population who have experienced a dispute in the past two years and who accessed a formal or informal dispute resolution mechanism, by type of mechanism


    By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime

    Total value of inward and outward illicit financial flows (in current United States dollars)
    Proportion of seized, found or surrendered arms whose illicit origin or context has been traced or established by a competent authority in line with international instruments


    Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms

    Proportion of persons who had at least one contact with a public official and who paid a bribe to a public official, or were asked for a bribe by those public officials, during the previous 12 months
    Proportion of businesses that had at least one contact with a public official and that paid a bribe to a public official, or were asked for a bribe by those public officials during the previous 12 months


    Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels

    Primary government expenditures as a proportion of original approved budget, by sector (or by budget codes or similar)

    Proportion of population satisfied with their last experience of public services


    Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels


    Proportions of positions in national and local institutions, including (a) the legislatures; (b) the public service; and (c) the judiciary, compared to national distributions, by sex, age, persons with disabilities and population groups

    Proportion of population who believe decision-making is inclusive and responsive, by sex, age, disability and population group


    Broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance


    Proportion of members and voting rights of developing countries in international organizations


    By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration

    Proportion of children under 5 years of age whose births have been registered with a civil authority, by age


    Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements

    Number of verified cases of killing, kidnapping, enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention and torture of journalists, associated media personnel, trade unionists and human rights advocates in the previous 12 months
    Number of countries that adopt and implement constitutional, statutory and/or policy guarantees for public access to information


    Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime

    Existence of independent national human rights institutions in compliance with the Paris Principles


    Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development

    Proportion of population reporting having personally felt discriminated against or harassed in the previous 12 months on the basis of a ground of discrimination prohibited under international human rights law
    Name Description
    World Building learning sprints (workshops) to implement sustainable future foresight practices – for businesses and independents working in the creative and fashion industry
    Futures literacy World Building 1 year long program
    Futures literacy writing
    Staff / Technical expertise
    2 learning design consultants for the World Building program being launched in 2023. For workshops, Researchers and forecasters. Community members also lead events. 2 assistants.
    In-kind contribution
    Trend Atelier provides full scholarships to its courses and community.
    Staff / Technical expertise
    For the website Trend Atelier employs a designer and assistant to help with writing. The Trend Atelier also funds the yearly fee for Webflow, the website hosting service and Canva as a visual design software.
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    partnerships banner
    Action Network
    Conscious Fashion and Lifestyle Network
    20 April 2022 (start date)
    30 November 2025 (date of completion)
    1. Global
    Geographical coverage
    London United Kingdom
    Other beneficiaries

    - Individuals working in future foresight focused on the style and design industry
    - Employees of fashion, innovation and design agencies
    - Innovators existing at the crossroad of the arts, speculative futures and experimental design practices
    - Sustainable Fashion small and medium sized businesses in the digital fashion space, biomaterials, and circularity
    - Universities Teachers and course leaders
    - Fashion and design industry young graduates

    South Africa
    South Africa
    Ibero-American Network of Life Cycle Assesment
    United States of America
    United States of America
    Contact Information

    Geraldine Wharry, Founder