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Steaming into LIFE

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In collaboration with Skybridge Academy and Hackerspace, both located in Austin, TX,  The Futures Lab, Inc. and its recently formed BU, LIFE (Leaning Innovations for Future Education) will present STEAM3 – A future-focused sense event to explore and develop multi-dimensional, immersive approaches to the future of education through experiential learning.

The event will have four separate spaces,

the Living Classroom: which will deal with immersive experiences, simulation, machine learning, learning companions, rich interfaces, learning on demand, Advanced ADL  and personalized learner models;

The Game of Learning: covering social learning, sharable content, virtual world design, gamification, mobility, emerging haptics, etc.;

Make Magic: experimenting with visual, audio and interactive “Make Labs”, focusing on interactive, immersive learning through “Make”;

Interactive storytelling: looking at building social narrative, re-framing language, meaning, perception and context, creating multiple avenues of expression and systems that evaluate students’ emotion and motivation, self-efficacy and interest, etc.

The two day event will be held in Austin, TX on 1st and 2nd March 2014 and will include speakers, panels, workshops, demonstrations, make labs, immersive and interactive installations, entertainment, exhibitions and a technology faire.

For further information: contact Maggie Duval at mduval@futures-lab.com or on tel: 512 484 9769.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Futures Lab, Inc. acquires Plutopia Productions, Inc.

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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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TFL and Plutopia Productions Inc. expand future-focused experiential events program for corporations

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Dancing to a different tune!

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.

The Futures Lab, Inc.

391 17th Street NW,
Unit 3011
Atlanta, GA 30363, USA

1-678 595 3302

dwoodgate@futures-lab.com
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