Belonging to an entity bigger than ourselves gives us meaning, be it a co-living unit, suburban community, or a global human rights movement.
Socially responsible companies help us feel rooted even through our consumption choices. The unstoppable power of this trend is in its capacity to create wellbeing.
How has this trend evolved: From exclusive tribes to powerful communities
2016 — Experiences define my tribe
Our identities and communities were defined by the experiences we were chasing. The goal was to prove that we belong to a specific tribe and stand out from the rest.
2021 — Importance of social connections
The crisis made it clear how important meaningful relationships are to our wellbeing. And we witnessed the power of communities in the accelerated global shifts and movements.
2026 — Humanity and belonging
We value human connection more than ever and want to have a positive effect in the lives of others. The communities we belong to are not just a question of identity, but of meaning. Social aspects will become a crucial part of sustainability.
How does this trend manifest itself?
What’s Next: From me to you
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What’s Next: Universal design is good design
Creating accessible services for everyone is not just about following legislation or the latest trends in technology. It’s about designing experiences that give meaning and connect all kinds of people on the same, equal level. If accessibility isn’t the norm in everything your business is doing, then it should be from now on.Read more
What’s Next: Supporting the real changemakers
New forms of activism are taking place in both IRL and in social media. Real change starts with the people: can your brand keep up with the demand for authenticity and accountability, and support those driving the change?Read more