MEET THE TEAM

We would like to introduce ourselves as the Future Thinkers trend team of 2021/2022. We all study Trend Research and Concept Creation in Lifestyle at Fontys Hogeschool. National and International combined, we try to inspire you with lots of information from different sectors in terms of trends and new manifestations. We will be here to happily answer all your questions and give you more information about our profession as well. 

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Angel Crystal

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Hi I am Angel. In a society where productivity is valued, how do people make time to unwind? What are people looking for when it comes to their ‘time-off’? For this reason, I’m deeply interested in the leisure sector. I’m curious to see where the interest lies in terms of people’s hobbies and how their values shift in regard to sustainability of the mind and planet.

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Hilde Schram

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I am Hilde! My interests are very broad and that is why I am still very much looking for which sectors attract me the most. I am currently involved in the Food, Living and Health sectors. What interests me in this, is why we live the way we live and how we make certain choices. I am also intrigued by the question of how these sectors will emerge in the future and how that changes society.

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Sabine Luijben

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Sabine, 

I’ve always been fascinated by the leisure sector. Since I was younger I was curious about what people do in their spare time and why. What kind of activities are out in a world where we get entertained? Within the leisure sector there is so much possible and there are so many fun concepts to make. As a trend researcher I find it interesting to see that the way we spend our free time is changing, because of our values. I’d like to dive into that.

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Melanie Viktorinova

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 ''I am currently interested in looking on a deeper level into the fashion industry, which has always been my biggest love and passion.'' 

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Elisabeth van der Stelt

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''I love tackling subjects that are easily overlooked or forgotten. Never scared of a challenge to define my own expertise every day again.''

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Valerie den Boer

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''I'm an enthusiastic, open-minded, philosophical person who likes to explore the world.''

Hey! I am Melanie and I consider the lifestyle sector Health as the most interesting, especially mental health. I like to do research within this sector as I am constantly discovering innovations that help people to feel mentally and physically better. My favourite part about this is diving deeper into the innovations and seeing how they can improve the quality of life of people. Within this sector, specifically, the topics like functional medicine, spirituality and psychology fascinate me the most.
 

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Hi, I am Elisabeth van der Stelt.

My main interest at the moment is in the health sector. To me physical but also mental health is important for a good quality of life. To be able to improve the mental health of a certain mentality group is something I would love to do. I would like to see that people will be kind towards themselves and others.

Hi! I’m Valerie, and I have always been interested in fashion! 

This is because I think it is interesting why people dress a certain way and I love it when people have their own style. I really enjoy spotting trends in the appearance sector and I feel like I tend to see trends before they become bigger. It is interesting why certain things come back into style and what message it portrays. The psychological aspect behind it is really something I enjoy seeing and learning about, and hope to keep doing in my future.

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Julia Ghijsen

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Hey I am Julia! My favorite sector is appearance. Ever since I have been a young girl I have been fascinated with how people dress themselves and why appearance is so important. This is because we all put a certain ‘shield’ on which we present ourselves. This fascinates me and I am exploring this further in the studies.
 

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Marit de Koning

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He, I am Marit

For me, Living and Leisure are the most compelling sectors. I am curious how the sectors will change in the future. What function our houses will have and what the concept of a house will look like. And how will the people use their free time in the future. Within these sectors I am interested in improving ‘social well-being’ and ‘development and activities’ of humans. And I hope this trend book gives a good perspective of how different sectors are changing to improve people’s lives.

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Sharon Verhoeks

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'As a trend forecaster, I am merely interested in the way people express their identity. This is mostly visible in their appearance and the way they live.  For one it's just a piece of clothing or interior, for the other it has a deep meaning connected to societal change. Dr. Martens are a clear example of this; a brand that started out providing strong footwear to hard labour workers like mailmen and factory workers, then becoming a part of punk culture and now being adopted worldwide by several groups of people.  I love the role subcultures can play in creating manifestations of change and how the trickle up theory seems to keep proving itself every single time.'