Looking for a creative way to showcase your environmental scanning? Need an energizing icebreaker to develop sensemaking skills in your team?

Trend cards are an indispensable part of a futurist’s toolkit. Creating a set of cards allows you to develop your own scanning, sensemaking, and synthesizing skills.
Trend cards have many uses:
  • Support environmental scanning (research) by physically capturing trends for personal, collective and organizational analysis.
  • Supercharge ideation sessions for scenarios, innovations, strategies, and processes.
  • Add an ethnographic element to make change real
  • Gamify the future by using trend cards in a number of activities- in the Probability Impact Matrix, in Six Degrees, or combine cards to develop innovations and patterns.

Checkout this free Mural template and start gamifying the future!



This resource is a Mural template. If you do not already have a free or paid Mural account, you should do so before attempting to use this resource. Upon checkout, you will receive an email with a link to the template, where you can create a Mural canvas from the template.

The template contains everything you need to make a trend card deck. You will find instructions, an example, 30 individual trend card templates, and additional resources. You may choose to download our Creator Economy trend card deck for a ready-to-use trend card deck.




Copyright Information

While The Futures School owns and retains copyright and trademark for the Natural Foresight® Framework, we grant you the right to make use of the materials as they are, or in modified form. You may translate, modify, print, network, reformat or change the materials in any way providing that you meet the terms of the license.

The Natural Foresight® Framework has been released under the Creative Commons license Attribution 4.0 International, allowing everyone to share, copy, redistribute, remix, transform, and build upon NFF in any medium and format, and for any purpose, even commercially. We would be very interested to see copies of, or links to, derivative works. If you would like to share these with us, please email details to info@thefuturesschool.com


If you use or amend or incorporate content from the Natural Foresight® Framework, which is provided under a Creative Commons license, use the following attribution:

Natural Foresight® by The Futures School is licensed under Attribution 4.0 International 

You may also like…