On 1st January 2017, The Futures lab, Inc. will be 20 years old, having commenced its first foresight project on that date. From its early beginnings in Belgium and London to its highly successful years in Austin, Texas, with its major global expansion in the mid-2000s to its transformative years in Atlanta, Georgia, we have continued to thrive and create revolutionary, but highly salient futures for our broad-base of internationally renowned clients. As we claim: We are the leaders in the future potential business.
The idea for The Futures Lab was inspired by my long-term strategy work at VF Corp, at a time when I really did not know that the Science of Foresight/Futures Studies actually existed. I learned the process and approaches to foresight from the classics and the experts in the field of the day and in time created a distinctive, expert approach for The Futures Lab, which has been successfully applied to nearly 100 clients, some 140 projects and a multitude of industries over the past two decades.
Whilst, I founded the company and remain the architect for its business structure and strategy to this day, the company, which was incorporated in 2000 would never have reached the success levels it has without a great number of people,namely, colleagues, partners, clients, collaborators, futurist peers, family and friends.
Some such as Clive Cooper and Simon Ratcliffe of Your Future (London), were there from the first day till the present. Peter Bishop, who lead the Futures Studies Program at the University of Houston for so many years, provided us with amazing talented and well-suited staff such as Wayne Pethrick and Gary Golden amongst others. Maggie Duval, with whom I had a decade of successes by extending the company into new realms helped give the company and me new areas of focus that transformed the organization to keep us afloat through the recession. International partners such as: Ramon Ascobereta, Luciana Tanure, Lisa Zhang, Linda Hodgsonenabled TFL to conduct large-scale, multi-country projects for major corporations all over the globe. Finally, none of this would have been possible without the brilliant research and foresight support from my daughter, Tessie Woodgate and Helga Veigl.
While, we will celebrate this milestone with a new website and some new services, we enter our 21st year, in the midst of a number of projects still in process and more in the pipeline. Looking forward to a successful 2017 as we march forward into another decade of foresight. We are eternally grateful to everyone that has helped make The Futures Lab a success. Wishing you all a wonderfully successful and happy New year.
Our President, Derek Woodgate will provide the keynote for the second Plenary Session at the D-TEL Symposium that will be held in Kristiansand, Norway on 8th and 9th December2016.
This symposium aims to present and discuss best practices on innovative use of digital technology in co-creation of knowledge. It will attract national and international partners, with a focus on “Learning and Education for the Future”.
The overarching theme: is How can emerging digital technology enhance co-creation of knowledge?
Woodgate’s presentation is titled: Optimizing student interaction, engagement and collaboration through blended learning.
TFL’s President, Derek Woodgate will speak and be a panelist at the World Learning Summit 2016, which will be held on 14th-16th June in Kristiansand, Norway. Amongst other subjects, Derek will discuss STEAM-based projects, as well as the potential impact of emerging multimedia technologies on the future of experiential learning.
Keynotes include: Peter Norvig, Chief scientist at Google, who pioneered the first MOOC, Michael Shanks, professor of Archeology at Stanford University and a long-time participant in various Stanford centers and labs focused on design, digital media, and technology and Keith Devlin is the Executive Director of H-Star Institute at Stanford University.
The Summit is the 6th annual conference meeting, promising to be a valuable event for academics, entrepreneurs and education leaders interested in the changing landscape of learning and education. Together we will explore the lifelong learning arc for those across the globe, and the role of networks and community in that journey.
The event is hosted and convened by the Future Learning Lab international research network – in collaboration withNorwegian Trade Association/Abelia, the City of Kristiansand, Norwegian School of Business, Oslo StartUp Lab, Oslo EdTech, Digin, Aftenposten, The Freedom of Speech Foundation, and the Arkivet Peace Foundation. Conference host is University of Agder in South Norway, in collaboration with the HStar Institute at Stanford University.
TFL’s President, Derek Woodgate participated in a two-day workshop titled “Making Sense of the Future of learning,” designed for higher education leaders and innovators to explore implications raised by KnowledgeWorks’ new ten-year forecast, “The Future of Learning: Education in an Era of Partners in Code.”
The workshop took place at Sparkspace and produced a number of exciting insights about future potential for education and learning.
The workshop was organized by Cincinnati-based social enterprise, KnowledgeWorks, http://www.knowledgeworks.org/- an organization that explores the future of learning to help education leaders and innovators anticipate change, explore strategic possibilities and identify ways of creating better opportunities for all learners.
Our President, Derek Woodgate was invited by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers to participate in a high powered 2 hour panel in the Rayburn House Office building at the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill on May 17th to discuss the future of infrastructure to a packed audience of house representatives, the press and staffers. The event was part of AEM’s Infrastructure Vision 2050 initiative. Other panelists included Reps. Garrett Graves (R-La.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation President Amanda Engstrom Eversole, AEM Director and Kennametal CEO Ron DeFeo, and Addie Torner from the Brookings Institute.
The Futures Lab, Inc. has been awarded a foresight project to explore and develop strategic direction for the IAEE.
Organized in 1928 as the National Association of Exposition Managers to represent the interests of trade show and exposition managers, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ is today the leading association for the global exhibition industry. Today IAEE represents over 9,500 individuals in over 50 countries who conduct and support exhibitions around the world.
Over 50 percent of IAEE’s members are directly involved in the planning, management, and production of exhibitions and buyer-seller events. The remainder of IAEE’s membership consists of those who provide products and services to the industry.
In addition to our foresight expertise, TFL’s experience in the events industry through it subsidiary, The Future Entertainment and Events Lab (FEEL) will provide additional insights into the potential for the Association and the industry.
Derek Woodgate and Maggie Duval are speaking on the Learning Remix at SXSW/SXCreate Rooms 1 & 2 at the Palmer Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX , 11th March 2016 at 3.30 – 4.30 pm.
We will also have a 20×20 ft display at SXCREATE for STEAM³.
TFL will have a 20×20 exhibit at the Palmer Center in Austin, TX at SXCreate 11-13 March 2016, to present our STEAM³ concept. We will demonstrate and display multiple aspects and dimensions of this highly successful project. We will be supported by our partner, Interactive Entertainment Systems and Joey Lopez’s team from Convergent Media.
TFL consulting with Jack Morton in Chicago on experiential design for future of construction industry
In continuing their collaboration and consulting for the Association of Equipment Manufactures for whom amongst other aspects we created an in-depth foresight project on the future of the construction industry, TFL is currently consulting with the Jack Morton agency in Chicago to develop the design and implementation of a large-scale interactive and immersive installation about the future of the construction industry.
Happy New Year to all our clients, friends, collaborators, and staff. This is a particularly exciting year for The Futures Lab. It is our 20th year in business. It has been a fantastic experience and success and we are pleased to announce that we will have a celebratory event later in the year, that will involve not just our operation in the USA, but our partners and offices around the world. We will also create a new logo for the company. The current logo has served us well. It was designed by our ex-colleague Wayne Pethrick in 2003 along with the rest of our visual design.