Mobile Futures: Foresight in Practice

Date: 
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 -
06:00 to 09:00
Location: 
sLab, Suite 600, 100 McCaul Street
Community members: 

How can 'strategic foresight' – the imaginative and disciplined exploration of possible futures – bring criticality and success to creative media entrepreneurs?

This special sLab Explorations event draws together leading voices from several OCAD-led research communities to engage an audience of young innovators.

  • Through a 'brief history of the future', Greg Van Alstyne of Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) outlines the origins and current relevance of scenario planning and other foresight methods.
  • Suzanne Stein, Innovation and Business Development lead for OCAD's Digital Futures Initiative, will outline research plans for her SuperOrdinary Lab.
  • Michelle Perras, Director of the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre (MEIC), brings stories from the explosive world of mobile games, apps, and services, where the need for foresight increases with each unfolding opportunity.

Together with the audience we'll explore these tools for understanding, anticipating and managing change, as part of sLab's warmup for 2020 Media Futures, an ambitious, cross-industry foresight project that aims to 'future-proof' the creative cluster industries in Canada: our books, magazines, film, TV and interactive media. Join us for a lively presentation and discussion.

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This special sLab Explorations event is generously sponsored by The Quebecor Fund – Professional Development