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Here is a podcast of an interview Derek Woodgate gave on Inkandescent Radio.
Woodgate was brought up on physicist and philosopher David Bohm’s “Thought as a System,” in which he states: “What I mean by ‘thought’ is the whole thing—thought, felt, the body, the whole society sharing thoughts—it’s all one process. It is essential for me not to break that up, because it’s all one process; somebody else’s thoughts become my thoughts, and vice versa.”
This was followed by a strong dose of hierarchical and systems thinking as Woodgate developed as a successful corporate strategist. When in 1996, he founded The Futures Lab, Inc., he soon realized that he needed to develop new thinking techniques and a differentiated system to create the future, given that it meant working with discontinuous change and creating connects from a multitude of disparate disconnects.
At the time, he had been highly involved in post‐modernist philosophy, in particular the works of Gilles Deleuze, Guattari, Derrida, and the post-structuralist approach of Slavoj Žižek, as well the digital cultural work of Arthur Kroker and the cyberpunk narrative of Gibson and Sterling.
Fur particular quotes drove him to devise a fresh thinking system, specifically relevant and purposeful for creating the future, namely:
Nietzsche: “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”
Heinlein: “One man’s “magic” is another man’s engineering.”
Oldenburg: “The art of conversation between the sidewalk and a blind man’s metal stick.”
Ono: “You need a glass key to open the sky.”
Consequently, he decided to create a thinking system that applied elements of Deleuze and Guatarri’s rhizomatic thinking in “A Thousand Plateaus” and remix it with elements of network and nomadic thinking techniques in order to generate the unexpected, even the unthinkable. Such an approach is designed to leverage projected future dystopias and disruptors, in order to create positive future worldviews, which Woodgate terms “plutopias”. Recent developments in the cognitive sciences, imaginal visioning, and emotionally intelligent, optical, and quantum computing are adding additional layers to the process.
The presentation describes the tenets of this new thinking approach and its successful application in creating revolutionary ideation in terms of business models, product innovation, market approaches, and design.
After 15 years, we have created a new dancing star. The Futures Lab, Inc. has merged with Plutopia Productions Inc. under a new holding company, Plutopia Futures Group. The Futures lab will continue to conduct its futures consulting business, but will focus on the entertainment, media, communications, consumer electronics and adjacent industries. Over the past 5 years, we have sponsored and contributed to Plutopia Productions’ future focused experiential events by providing access to our network and emerging technologies and related ideas either developed with our clients or contacts at companies and institutions such as MIT, University of Texas, UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, etc. as well as access to our offices around the world. Maggie Duval will continue to head up Plutopia Productions, Inc. and Derek Woodgate will remain President of TFL. The Group is in the process of electing a new board, on which both Maggie and Derek will serve amongst others.
The Plutopia Futures Group will provide an umbrella operation for TFL, Plutopia Productions, Inc. and Plutopia News. All of these organizations will operate independently and collaboratively.
The Group headquarters will be located in Austin, TX, but TFL will officially move its offices to Atlanta, GA.