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Founded at the end of 1996, The Futures Lab Inc., is an international foresight consultancy with its main offices in the USA and Croatia and a network of subsidiaries and partners in UK, Brazil, Chile, China, India and Mexico, plus an extensive global network of experts from business, universities, the arts, government institutions and the street.
The Futures Lab, Inc. Round-up 2017
The Futures Lab, Inc. Round-up 2017 Firstly, a Happy New Year to our colleagues, partners, contributors, clients and everyone else in our Network. A massive thank you for all your help in making 2017 yet another successful and memorable year. I was asked today, what makes a year successful for TFL? Well, obviously meeting plan is crucial. Continuing to achieve recognition and saliency as a company is a must. Surpassing client expectations and getting their endorsements for it is a big plus, but finding personal satisfaction in creating the unexpected, and reaching a higher level of professionalism in terms of approach and competency while simply loving what you do, is really what it is about.

So that said, as we enter our 22nd year, 2017 has been a truly successful and transformative year, despite the odd hiccup. Of course, there have been many transformations and upgrades in the past. Some have involved expanding globally or developing new types and sizes of clients, or extending our client base beyond corporate into institutions and associations, or growing or changing staff with major restructuring of our processes and approaches. However, few have involved such a varied workflow and revenue streams at the same time as establishing an office in Croatia and introducing technologically enhanced foresight processes.

It was a year when we made the time to redesign our TFL website (futures-lab.com) and with it give deep consideration on how we could upgrade our services as well as restructuring and designing our offering from our subsidiary, The FutureXperience Lab (futureXperiencelab.com).

There were a number of highlights: finally realizing the Future Tech Experience with AEM at CONEXPO-CON-AGG in Las Vegas after two years of foresight consulting was a major coup. As well as architecting the Experience, the show also included our unique Future Job kiosk, developed by our in-house technologists. This futures work was quickly followed by the completion of the foresight and future strategy projects for IAEE with the opportunity to speak on the future of exhibitions and entertainment at conferences in Las Vegas and Guadalajara, Mexico. The future of entertainment was also our topic for the Disrupting Hollywood Panel at Atlanta’s Creative Conference.

Throughout the Summer and Early Fall, we worked on foresight projects for AKZO-Nobel and DSM with our “sister” company, Your Future (London) and rounded the year off with work on the future of security, which became a topic of our speaker engagement for the FuturePolice Conference in Abu Dhabi and the future of artificial intelligence for T-Systems, Hungary, which ultimately involved three conference presentations.

It has been a very good year for PR with a number of TV interviews, podcasts and press, including Forbes.

Much of this latter work was conducted out of our newly-established office in Rijeka in Croatia, under the management of my business and life-partner, Futurist, Helga Veigl, to whom I owe a special thank you for her massive contribution to our progress over the past couple of years.

While all this was happening, we were also expanding our work in the field of future education, predominantly looking at 2030. Beyond foresight, this also involved the development of a “Living Learning System”, which has been implemented by me in grad classes at the University of Adger and Georgia State University over the past few years. Having expanded and refined the system, I presented it at the International Learning Festival in Trondheim in April and the World Learning Summit in Kristiansand in June. Much of the future of education work is driven by my teaching of the Science of Foresight at the above-mentioned universities, to which I am adding the University of Houston this coming Spring. On the publication front, l was a co-author on the paper for the Springer book “Advances in Human Factors in Training, Education and Learning Sciences”.

Our work also contributes to the advancement of the Future Learning Lab at the University of Adger in Kristiansand and the interaction and Learning labs in Grimstad, Norway, for which we helped provide the future vision.

As we set off into 2018, with a huge dose of optimism as well as a clear sense of direction and concrete goals, we are excited to expand into new client territories, employ new approaches and technology enhanced techniques, to explore new worlds of technology and human development and to continue to contribute to societal progress.

Derek Woodgate,
President, The Futures Lab, Inc.
2nd January 2018
Research member of the Future Learning Lab at University of Agder
Founder member of the Association of Professional Futurists
Member of the World Futures Studies Federation