Wired for Next: Using Foresight Ethnography for Speculative Visions

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25 Broadway · New York, NY

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Tell security your name, you'll be on a list, and that you are visiting Dana Martens at Teach for America. You must bring your GOVERNMENT ISSUED ID (license, passport) Use right elevators & go to Floor 12. Room is "Grand Central" (left from entrance)

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Is the speed of technological, economic, environmental, political, and social change “rewiring” humanity, and thus redefining not only our approach to design but work, income, consumption, education, and lifestyles in the 21st Century?

Many of today’s thought leaders agree that our environment of accelerating volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity is ushering in a new era of human development. This in turn will mean that we must intentionally reframe our mindset, activity and purpose as a species in order to collectively create a better tomorrow.

Join us on Thursday May 30th, to hear more on the topic from Frank Spencer, professional futurist, consultant, speaker, author, Founding Principal at Kedge and Co-founder at The Future School.

In this creative and empowering workshop, we will dive into what humanity will “think, do and be” in light of the unprecedented changes taking place all around us.

Along with becoming familiar with the “Wired for Next” map that highlights radical and speculative images of the future, participants will work through a foresight ethnographic tool, “Point of Impact,” to explore future-empowered visions that will require changing present-day design strategies to achieve desired transformations.

In this Meetup, You Will:

• Learn a method for recognizing your assumptions about the future that could keep you from seeing and leveraging the changing role of humans in design, learning, leading, and creating.

• Identify how new mindsets are required for redefining and reframing design in the rapidly changing environment of the 21st Century.

• Understand how creating speculative visions of the future requires collective action in the present.

• Explore how to use a Strategic Foresight Ethnographic tool to examine the extended ramifications of the shifting landscape.

Frank Spencer is a professional futurist, consultant, speaker and author, delivering presentations and workshops around the world.

He holds an MA in Strategic Foresight from Regent University, and is a founding partner at Kedge, a global foresight, innovation and strategic design firm.

For the past two decades, he has helped companies such as Kraft, Mars, Marriott, Daimler and XPRIZE implement foresight into their strategy, innovation and organizational development practices, and he has also worked with academic institutions such as Duke University (where he created the first foresight program for Duke TIP) and Higher Colleges of Technology (Dubai’s largest public university, where his company has developed a professional foresight certification for the entire student population).

Kedge also led the effort to establish foresight as a leadership competency throughout The Walt Disney Company, training over 500 employees across 21 countries. Frank is also co-founder of The Futures School, a globally-recognized Strategic Foresight training and certification program with alumni spanning the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Caribbean. His passion and mission is to democratize foresight around the world.

This month, Speculative Futures NYC will take place in the Teach For America offices in downtown Manhattan (where Doc & Jack work). It's a great space, but you must be registered 48 HOURS before the event in order to give a list to security. We will close all RSVPs at midnight on May 28th.

Since Frank is flying in to join us for this special Meetup, please please please only RSVP if you will be attending the event. If for any reason you won't be able to attend, please change your RSVP to No, no later than 72 hours before the event, so that we can open a seat for someone else. Thank you!!!