FutureScape – November 27th – Reimagining and Financing Tomorrow’s Cities

Welcome to our latest newsletter. In this edition we would like to share with you the highlights of several excellent events we attended during the last few months with a strong focus on innovation and tomorrow’s cities. We would also like to offer readers a discount on the latest in a series of inspiring Re.Work futures conferences to be held in London on December 13th.

As always we welcome your feedback, contributions and suggestions for future topics.

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Rohit Talwar
Fast Future

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 1.  Looking for Speaking Opportunities in New York and Rio de Janeiro / Sao Paolo

Rohit will be visiting New York City regularly over the next few months for various speeches and events. He will be available for additional speeches and workshops on the following dates:

December 9th and 10th

January 6th – 10th, 29th – 31st

February 3rd – 7th

March 3rd and 4th

Rohit will also be in Rio de Janeiro from February 8th-15th observing the training of local trainers as part of his role supporting Street Kids International (SKI). While there he’d be happy to deliver presentations to local audiences with the proceeds going to SKI.

During his trip Rohit will be delivering talks on the following:

  •  Future law firm strategies and the impact of IT on the legal industry over the next decade
  •  Global drivers of change for business and the accountancy profession
  •  From muscle to magic – how smart firms create the future
  •  Futureshock – a timeline of science and technology developments shaping the next 50 years
  • The future of travel, tourism, business events, airports and aviation.

If you would like to discuss booking Rohit for a speech for your organization, please contact rohit@fastfuture.com

2.  Announcing the forthcoming RE.WORK Summit – London –  December 13th 2013 – 30% discount for our readers

On September 19th this year we attended the excellent  RE.WORK Technpic1_reworkology Futures Summit in London. This  extremely well designed and curated event was created by  founder Nikita Johnson. A strong panel of speakers  explored  the themes of future urban landscapes,  wearable and embedded technologies, the internet of  things (IoT), big  data, the future of health and medicine  and many other  themes. A series of inspiring talks  provided genuinely new  insights, ideas and perspectives  and challenged the audience  to think well beyond the  here and now.You can find a summary of the sessions from September 19th  here: https://widerhorizons.wordpress.com/.

Based on our experience at RE.WORK Tech, we’d strongly recommend attending the forthcoming RE.WORK Cities Summit https://www.re-work.co/cities.  The event will take place on December 13th in London and will focus on the potential of technology to make our cities more efficient, safer and sustainable. Attendees will have the chance to gain insight into breakthrough innovations that will have an impact on our future urban areas. The sessions will explore how open data and sensors, nanotechnology and synthetic biology could affect future cities. Participants will be encouraged to brainstorm ideas on tomorrow’s city and have the opportunity to meet and network with start-ups, entrepreneurs, innovators, business leaders and academics.

The aim of RE.WORK Cities is to bring together the most influential technologists, entrepreneurs, academics, business leaders and Government officials to collaborate and reshape our future cities. There will be over 30 speakers and a target of around 200 attendees at the event, including Carlo Ratti, MIT; Fabio from Future Cities Laboratory, Andrew from UCL Bartlett, Alicia from Libelium; Enrico Dini, d-shape.

The agenda will be split into themed sessions including: Data and the Changing Dynamics of the City; Digital Fabrication & 3D Printing; and Synthetic Biology and the Living City. Sessions will include short talks from speakers plus a group discussion session. There will also be an interactive brainstorming session moderated by the Future Cities Catapult. Throughout the day there will be a showcase area featuring exhibitions from Arup, The Design Museum and prototypes from a joint wearable technology hackathon from Wearable Futures and RE.WORK. RE.WORK Partners include: The Future Cities Catapult, Arup, Wearable Futures, The Observer, The Guardian, TechCityNews, BBC Future, BBC Focus, The Global Urbanist, BBC Worldwide, Google Solve for X and the Singularity UK.

As supporters of the event, our readers can take advantage of a reader discount. To claim the 30% FutureScape discount please use reader discount code fastfuture30https://www.re-work.co/cities

3.  Financing Tomorrow’s Cities 

On 19th November, the newly elected Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf introduced the Financing Tomorrow’s Cities initiative – a joint project by the City of London Corporation and  Z/Yen  Group. The goal of the initiative is to  create a  debate around innovative financing mechanisms for t  tomorrow’s cities through  shared research, a series of  events and online  discussions.The Lord Mayor’s introduction was followed by a  panel discussion with representatives from the  banking, legal, insurance, engineering, construction and policy sectors.  A critical observation highlighted by the panellists is the fact that cities will have to finance and build more infrastructure in the next 40 years than they did in the past 400. The associated challenges range from smart allocation of capital to assets that need to be built through to climate change mitigation and a transition to a circular economy.  Although responding to these challenges is not easy, the panellists argued that future city leaders should focus on three key change levers:

  • Learning from best practices from around the world
  • Encouraging more collaboration among the numerous stakeholders in a city such as education providers, businesses and architects, and
  • Incentivising future-proof thinking.

4. Financial Times Innovate

Image The 2013 FT Innovate Event entitled ‘’The New Groundbreakers’’ took place  in London on 6th-7th November.  Over the course of two days, innovators  from  academia, corporations, start-ups and innovation agencies were  informed,  inspired and entertained by a series of talks delivered by start-ups  like Decoded and VoxPopMe,  corporations such as Samsung and P&G and digital  innovators such as  Facebook, Amazon and Dropbox.

In this issue of FutureScape we decided to highlight the talk delivered by  INSEAD  Professor Hal Gregersen as it  captures the essence of innovation,  explains why some people are more innovative than others and suggests  how  to improve our  innovation capacity.

Clearly, innovation is the ability to create value, driven by bright ideas. But  how do innovators come up with  those ideas that disrupt industries?  Gregersen argues that the answers can be found in rigorous research  undertaken by  Clayton Christensen, Jeff Dyer and Hal Gregersen and summarized in the book  “The Innovator’s  DNA’’.

As the research suggests, innovators come up with great ideas through the utilization of key discovery skills,  including observing, networking, experimenting, associating and questioning. Innovative leaders like Jeff Bezos  and Steve Jobs think differently, challenging the status quo, but also act differently – discussing and experimenting with new ideas. Gregersen suggested that all individuals and companies can learn to be more innovative because innovators are not born but made. The starting point is to remain as curious as children who are open to the world and not afraid to ask questions. Everyone can be an innovator – we just have to unlock our potential.

You can watch Hal’s inspiring talk here: https://www.ft-live.com/ft-events/ft-innovate-2013/sessions/the-innovators-dna

5.   Rohit on the Road

In the next few months Rohit will be delivering speeches in Dubai, Karachi, London, Maastricht and New York. If you would like to arrange a meeting with Rohit in one of these cities or are interested in arranging a presentation or workshop for your organisation, please contact rohit@fastfuture.com

Image Sources:

1 – http://www.knowtex.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/REWORK-e1380281535382.jpg

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