Insights · October 28th, 2022

In Monika Bielskyte’s keynote at this year’s Ada Lovelace Festival 2022 in Berlin talks about how the concept of the Metaverse is deeply grounded in dystopian fiction and what needs to change about its narrative of the future in order to contribute to a more inclusive, more sustainable future of technology – marked by interaction and a life-centric design.

About Monika Bielskyte

Monika Bielskyte is working to develop hopeful future visions. As a futures researcher, she has been on a decade-long nomadic journey exploring futures in 90+ countries.

As a futurist and futures designer, Monika consults on and prototypes culturally expansive, socially and environmentally engaged future world designs for the media industry, technology companies, and cities/countries. With expertise in the immersive media space (XR/AI/UX) and edutainment, her work consists in connecting bleeding edge technological innovation with some of the world’s most original creative visions that explores the relationship between speculative science fiction narratives (Dystopias, Utopias, &, most specifically, Protopias) & the unfolding Global Futures.

Most recently, Monika has been working on @ProtopiaFutures – a platform for collaborative research & creations challenging & offering alternatives to dystopian/utopian stereotypes. Protopia explores visions of radically hopeful & inclusive futures centering Queerness, Indigeneity, Disability & previously marginalized cultural perspectives. The framework of Protopia has been anchored in and shaped by the urgent need for mainstream articulation and awareness in how ‘(Y)OUR’ future is shaped, and to combat the rise of misinformation exploit pertaining to future science, technology, politics, and culture.

You can find Monika on Linkedin and Instagram. Read more about Protopia Futures on Medium and Instagram.

About The Ada Lovelace Festival

The Ada Lovelace Festival is a unique knowledge and networking platform for experts and visionaries, policy and decision-makers, and anyone curious about the implications of digital technologies. It is open to all regardless of age, gender identity, disability, religion, worldview, sexual orientation or origin. At this year’s edition of the ALF we discussed nothing less than the future of the internet with our outstanding guests and extraordinary speakers.

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Nikolas Badminton – Chief Futurist

Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas is the Chief Futurist of the Futurist Think Tank. He is world-renowned futurist speaker, a Fellow of The RSA, and has worked with over 300 of the world’s most impactful companies to establish strategic foresight capabilities, identify trends shaping our world, help anticipate unforeseen risks, and design equitable futures for all. In his new book – ‘Facing Our Futures’ – he challenges short-term thinking and provides executives and organizations with the foundations for futures design and the tools to ignite curiosity, create a framework for futures exploration, and shift their mindset from what is to WHAT IF…

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