What we're about

The Brooklyn Futurist Meetup is where we discuss what the world might look like in ten years or more. Speakers explore trends with transformative potential... or ones that are just fascinating.

Our events usually run in Brooklyn or Manhattan where most members work or live. Topics are not Brooklyn-focused. They are open to attendees and speakers from anywhere. This is America's largest future-focused meetup with 5,000+ members and in the top 5 globally. We also run a global network of future-focused meetups with tens of thousands more like-minded members in cities like Stockholm, Bangalore, London, Berlin and Singapore. Contact the organizer for details.

We meet several times per year with presentations by world-class guest speakers, followed by spirited, respectful discussion. We encourage you to mingle with fellow attendees before and afterwards. Review our member profiles - you'll find an amazing array of entrepreneurs, contrarians, tech visionaries, big thinkers, creative types and more.

Our topics are unlimited. Past events looked at music, chocolate, "now" futurism, women in innovation, sustainability, space commercialization, nanotech, DARPA, the Lowline, the Ocean, Automation in the workplace, web privacy, business, 3D Printing and media. We're planning more exciting programs in culture, science, technology, education, entertainment, commerce and societal relations. Your suggestions for topics, speakers, event formats, partners, perks and sponsors are welcome.

Please note:

Our site and live events are not platforms for members to promote their own endeavors. Members join to hear the speaker, engage with them and enjoy stimulating mutually beneficial conversations with others. That means no self-promotional or commercial blurbs/links on the comment or post sections, long touts of yourself/company at events. Violators will be removed from the group.

Similarly, let's keep the political rants and snarkiness to a minimum.

Feel free to have one-to-one conversations with other members on whatever you fancy.

If you have a product, event or service you want to promote to our members, contact the organizer to sponsor the meetup for a financial investment.

Twitter: @BkFuturist

Media Coverage:

August 2015 Focal Press User Group of the Month.

The Guardian by Jordan Hoffman (April 2015): http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/apr/29/meet-the-brooklyn-futurist-the-group-using-star-trek-to-save-the-world

OuterPlaces.com by Janey Tracey (April 2015):


Bushwick Daily: (April 2015): http://bushwickdaily.com/tag/brooklyn-futurist-meetup/

Technical.ly Brooklyn: (Feb & Oct 2015): http://technical.ly/brooklyn/2015/02/25/brooklyn-fiber-good-eggs-gamery-startup-roundup/

http://technical.ly/brooklyn/2015/10/28/wat... (http://technical.ly/brooklyn/2015/10/28/watch-rohit-talwar-future-business/)

The Brooklyn Paper (Feb 2015): Forward-thinking Brooklynites gather to discuss the future (http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/38/9/24-brooklyn-futurists-2015-02-27-bk_38_9.html)

Scoutmob: http://scoutmob.com/new-york/scoutfinds/5624

Untappedcities.com: http://untappedcities.com/2013/10/08/subterranean-manifesto-for-lowline-park-dan-barasch/

Observer - Reuters's Tom Glocer: Why Does The New York Times Need to have 6,700 Journalists? (http://observer.com/2009/04/reuters-tom-glocer-why-does-ithe-new-york-timesi-need-to-have-6700-journalists/)

Livestream of our April 23, 2015 Meetup with Morgan Gendel: http://livestream.com/LivestreamPublic/BrooklynFuturist (http://livestream.com/LivestreamPublic/BrooklynFuturist)

Our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/BrooklynFuturist 11,000+ views

(Thanks to Joly McFie - Internet Society NY Chapter):

The Future of the Brain with Dr. Gary Marcus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o87XMK9GLA

The Now Future with Dr. Amy Zalman, President of The World Future Society:


The Lowline with Daniel Barasch:


The Oceans with Aaron Hirsh:


Brain Science and the Military with Jonathan Moreno:


3D Printing & Manufacturing with Makerbot, Shapeways and D-Shape: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qhk0Vb9wsfU&list=UUHMgaalzS_Fv5uvh0U4ZLrw

Web Privacy with Cole Stryker:


Mobile Technology – Member Presentations:


Women in Innovation - Part 1: https://vimeo.com/54396559
Password: meetup12

Part 2: https://vimeo.com/54607822 Password:meetup12

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Stay tuned for more futurist resources - books, videos, events - check out the "pages" tab.

Want to be an assistant organizer of this fast growing influential group? Contact us to help with speaker recruiting, marketing/sponsorships/partnerships, audience experience roles and more.

Interested in sponsoring our meetup or meetup networks?

We welcome inquiries from sponsors for ongoing or one-time support of our meetups. Please contact Mike Taubleb, the organizer. We are always looking to improve the turnout, content and networking aspects of our meetups, as well as ways to fund the highest visibility guest speakers possible.

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Have an event to share with our 5,000+ members, NY Network of Major Meetups or Global Network of Futurist Groups:

Please don't post it without getting our written permission first or we'll remove it. If it is something worth emailing our members, please contact organizer well in advance (at least 2 weeks out), so we can coordinate with our other member emails. If you are promoting a clearly commercial enterprise, we'll generally request a discount code for our members and a free admission for one or two - or sponsorship of our meetup. We often co-promote, co-produce events with other meetups and show them the courtesy of getting explicit permission beforehand. Appreciate you doing the same for us.

Liability Waiver:

This is NOT a Professionally Organized Event and we are not professional organizers. You agree to participate in these events completely at your own risk and to take full responsibility for your own safety and well-being, including those of your guests. You agree not to hold the Meetup Organizer, Co-Organizer, Assistant Organizers, Event Hosts or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. Your attendance at the event signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver.

Upcoming events (1)

Ending Age-Related Diseases: Advances in Research & Investment Prospects conf

Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, Cooper Union

Ending Age-Related Diseases: Investment Prospects and Advances in Research, a conference to be held on July 11th-12th at the Cooper Union in New York City. The conference is organized by Life Extension Advocacy Foundation, non-profit that supports scientific research on aging. https://www.leafscience.org/ending-age-related-diseases-advances-in-aging-research-and-investment-prospects-2019/ The goal of this conference is to promote multidisciplinary collaboration in order to foster the development of next-generation drugs and therapies that directly target the processes of aging and thus have the potential to prevent and cure age-related diseases. The past decade has seen enormous progress in our understanding of why we age, and with the first therapies targeting aging entering human clinical trials, the nascent rejuvenation biotechnology industry appears to be an inevitable part of the relatively near future. Join the leading researchers, investors, longevity advocates, and other forward-thinking people who are discussing this emerging technology. The list of speakers includes Dr. Aubrey de Grey (SENS Research Foundation), Dr. Judith Campisi (The Buck Institute for Research on Aging), Dr. Vadim Gladyshev (Harvard Medical School), Dr. Michael Bonkowski (Harvard Medical School), Dr. Morgan Levine (Yale School of Medicine), Dr. Ronald Kohanski (NIA), Dr. Vera Gorbunova (University of Rochester), and others. Several rejuvenation biotechnology companies, such as Ichor Therapeutics, Intervene Immune, Oisin Biotechnologies, and Repair Biotechnologies, will present their projects and share their insights about when the first anti-aging technologies will hit the market. There will be sessions devoted to investment prospects; there, the representatives of several venture funds will share their views on accelerating the development of a longevity industry. You can find the conference site with the draft program here. https://www.leafscience.org/2019-program/ If you think that the event might be of interest to you, feel free to check the tickets on Eventbrite - you can take advantage of the Early Bird price before March 31. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ending-age-related-diseases-2019-tickets-53207520125 The organizer of this conference is the Life Extension Advocacy Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports scientific research on aging and longevity via its own crowdfunding platform, Lifespan.io. If you wish to learn more about the current state of longevity research, feel free to check our column for interviews with the leading researchers of aging. https://www.leafscience.org/blog/

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