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Derek Woodgate speaking on the future of Media to Grad students at Georgia State University Atlanta.

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FutureGlobal: From Emergence to Convergence: New presentation by our President, Derek Woodgate

 



New presentation on the future of the global economy by Derek Woodgate

In the Age of Upheaval, in which we are witness to significant economic, social and fiscal transformation; the complexities of the global economic playground are as influential as the small entrepreneur’s intuitive play when it comes to the holistic development of the local business environment. With emerging markets, in particular the BRICs and Indonesia projected to contribute over 70% of total global economic growth over the next decade and the BRIC economies expected to provide over 50% of global GDP by 2020, we are seeing not just the rise of a new economic order, but moreover creation of an intricate collaborative battleground, which will have a major impact at all levels and layers.

Derek explores and discusses how this expanding arena and its resulting policies will influence economic, business and lifestyle shifts at the regional and local level.

He considers everything from workforce structures and adaptive enterprises, to a flourishing global talent market, disparate labor force demographics, masses of new middle class customers, complex financial integration, rapid innovation and technological development, as well as exciting opportunities for new converged industries, alternative social-economic structures, greater inclusion and the power of community.

Derek draws upon his work on the “Remix Society”, (with its redefinition of archetypes, identities and the augmented self) and its impact on education, innovation and entrepreneurship – three areas considered critical to the continuing the global position of the US economy.

Inkandescent’s Hope Katz Gibbs interviews TFL’s Derek Woodgate on multiple aspects of the future

 

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Below is the link to the Podcast of  Derek Woodgate speaking on multiple aspects of the future including:

  • The Futures Lab—what it is, why he started it, and what the organization is working on today.
  • The big companies he’s worked with, and how the research he’s done for them played out in their business and society at large.
  • His work on the Future of Play—and how it impacts small businesses.
  • His books, including your newest, Future Flow to be published this year.
  • And, the emerging issues that small business owners need to be aware of.

http://inkandescentradio.com/podcasts/136/futurist-derek-woodgate-explains-how-economic-transformation-will-reset-the-american-dream

Enjoy.

Derek Woodgate appears in documentary on the Future of Zagreb, Croatia

Our President, Derek Woodgate will appear in a new documentary directed by renowned Croatian Director Tomislav Perica (Five Women, Late Lunch, etc.) about the Future of Zagreb, Croatia,

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The film will include interviews with leading dignitaries from Zagreb including: Croatian President Ivo Josipovic,  writer  and academic Predrag Matvejević, Choreographer Milko Sparenblek, award-winning author  Julijana Matananović, and Maximo Estupinan Hurtado leader of the Croatian band Cubismo…

Derek’s inclusion is not only due to his role as a  internationally renowned futurist, but also because he spent a large part of his life living in Croatia, where he gained his Masters in Political Economics from the University of Zagreb, a city he considers home.

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Our FEEL (Future Entertainment and Events Lab) Division has joined forces with our LIFE (Learning   Innovations in Future Education) Division t create STEAM Cubed – a future-focused sense event to explore and develop multiple-dimensional, immersive approaches to the future of education. The event will feature prominent international speakers, panels, workshops, demonstrations, make labs, collaborative design, immersive and interactive installations, entertainment, exhibitions and a technology faire.

It will provide a comprehensive look into the future of experiential learning, focusing on critical developments that will redefine education over the next decade.

For further information contact: Maggie Duval, CEO FEEL and LIFE at mduval@futures-lab.com or on 512 484 9769.

www. futures-lab.com and www.STEAM3.com

 

Inkandescent Radio’s Hope Katz Gibbs interviews TFL’s Derek Woodgate on multiple aspects of the future!

 

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Below is the link to the Podcast of our Derek Woodgate speaking on multiple aspects of the future including:

  • The Futures Lab—what it is, why he started it, and what the organization is working on today.
  • The big companies he’s worked with, and how the research he’s done for them played out in their business and society at large.
  • His work on the Future of Play—and how it impacts small businesses.
  • His books, including your newest, Future Flow to be published this year.
  • And, the emerging issues that small business owners need to be aware of.

http://inkandescentradio.com/podcasts/136/futurist-derek-woodgate-explains-how-economic-transformation-will-reset-the-american-dream

Enjoy.

Derek Woodgate interviewed by Malaysia TV on the subject of Creating Creative Environments

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During his visit to KL, Malaysia last year to speak at the XMedia Conference, Derek Woodgate keynoted on the subject of Creating Creative Environments. This was followed by a TV interview on Malaysian TV’s Cultural-Political program, Vantage Point on which Derek the same subject. He focused on the key criteria, structures,approaches,  metrics and strategies for designing and developing creative cities, or areas, which can successfully provide and sustain a prosperous environment for creative industries and creative workers. Derek used Austin TX and the creative cluster around Shoreditch, London . projects in which he had been involved, as prime examples.

 

Convergence vs. Collision: The Future of Personalized Experiential Media

 

Convergence vs. Collision: The Future of Personalized Experiential Media

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This is an overviewConvergence vs. Collision of a recent presentation by our President, Derek Woodgate.

In an increasingly post‐broadcast world, we are constantly celebrating the values of digital convergence. The multiplicity of interconnected technologies and devices, peer-aggregated media, open source, and collaborative design and development have created integrated communication, media, and entertainment opportunities, augmented by the greater unification of compatible standards.

 

This presentation considers two critical, distinctive strategic possibilities for the future of personalized experiential media. The first—promoting the continuation and expansion of interconnectivity and extension of the “anything, anytime, anyplace, anyhow” trend—we have been experiencing over the past decade. The second strategy amplifies the complexity and hazards of convergence, when too much simply leads to a collision of technologies, cost efficiencies, user ineffectiveness, and more.

 

The presentation looks at the whole field of potential future experiential media with the human at the center. It discusses the role of emotive feedback, affective systems, and invisible, intuitive interfaces and their impact on new distribution methods, new revenue strategies, and changing modes of audience engagement. It also demonstrates ways in which emphasis on the human will give more power to the user in creating more personalized multisensory delivery mechanisms, as well as developments in fully immersive, self‐generating, and responsive environments, metaverses, telepresence, and augmentation through AR, AI, and sensor networks.

 

Finally, we shall see how future experiential media will influence consumer behavior and societal change over the next decade.

 

The presentation covers a multitude of emerging technologies and behaviors that extend the potential of sensory enhancement and immersive environments, such as: adaptive projection maps, holographic overlays, hybrid and imaginary spaces, simulated worlds, and programmed atmospheres, as well as the seamless fusion between entertainment and communication and the seamless movement between real and virtual. The material demonstrates how such events are designed to be adaptive to personal aesthetics, imagination, moods, and emotions in order to facilitate new approaches to exploration, innovation, and learning.

 

From Dystopia to Plutopia: Using revolutionary thinking systems to create alternative worldviews

Senseevent.designDerek Woodgate explains the thinking approaches behind TFL’s foresight process.

From Dystopia to Plutopia

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.

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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.

Future Entertainment and Events Lab (FEEL)

After a period of intensive discussion and collaboration, Derek Woodgate , President of The Futures Lab, Inc. and Maggie Duval, the CEO of Plutopia Productions Inc, have decided upon a merger of the two organizations under The Futures Lab, Inc. banner. The new business unit within The Futures Lab, Inc. is titled FEEL (Future Entertainment and Events Lab), will be located in Austin, Texas. This is an apt name given Derek’s extensive consulting, authoring and speaking work over the past decade on the future of entertainment, media and communications and his input as Chief Creative Officer at Plutopia Productions. Derek has become recognized as an authority on the application of emerging and immersive technologies and the changing human in the design and production of experiential entertainment with his creation of what are termed “Sense Events.” These multisensory, immersive, interactive events show in practice many of the wonderful, creative inventions and innovations that are under way to future‐proof and augment our future, with content often reflecting ideas resulting from The Futures Lab’s consulting assignments.

The Futures Lab, Inc is in it seventeenth year of operation and will continue its global consulting activities for a myriad of categories and world-renowned clients, extending its network both in terms of territories and personnel. With sister companies/partner offices now in eight countries and having conducted consulting work in over 20 countries worldwide, the new set up will enable FEEL to expand it services which include the creation, design, content acquisition, rendering, curation, production, implementation and marketing of future focused ‘sense events’ into new territories. Plutopia events in the US have always had an international character, involving artists from across the globe.

Maggie was CEO of Plutopia Productions for six years. In addition to the revolutionary five SXSWi and two SXSW Music related ‘sense events’ that she produced during that period, Maggie also created and produced Showdown at the Unobtainium: Tesla vs. Edison and numerous other events featuring famous futures-related speakers and performers, such as Bruce Sterling, Cory Doctorow, Douglas Ruhskoff, etc.

Whilst most of the existing Plutopia Productions team will be integrated into FEEL, Maggie has already confirmed the addition of Randall Aretoo Squires as the Technical Producer. Randall was the technical producer on the Plutopia FutureMusic Summit 2012 and Maggie’s Showdown at the Unobtainium.

These changes coincide with Derek’s recent appointment as Consultant in Residence at DAEL: the Digital Arts and Entertainment Lab at Georgia State University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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