Insights · January 10th, 2023

Are you prepared to meet the future?

Africa, the continent with the youngest population in the world, is very literally the future. More specially, South Africa, with its progressive constitution that lead the world in terms of dealing with questions around gender and race relations; and it’s early warnings around the limits of the social contract and the (now global) energy crunch, both positively and negatively can be seen as a preview of the future challenges and opportunities facing the rest of the world. Amongst all these challenges, South Africa has produced, out of necessity as well as optimism, a host of solution-based businesses and innovators who see opportunity in every challenge they face.

After all, innovation on the African continent requires a unique approach. While developed economies have the luxury to embark on “innovation for innovation’s sake”, solution-based innovation is what the African continent excels at. We may not always have the infrastructure or funding that first world countries have, but we find solutions that solve problems: solutions which impact on and improve lives. In essence, we believe that Africa is set to become the epicentre of innovation for greater good.

In short, there is much rest of the world can and should learn from Africa and it’s resilience, hope and potential, and we at Flux Trends invite you to come do exactly that : meet the future in the generous heart of Africa, see, taste and touch for yourself how they are challenging and re-creating the world in their own image.

The Future Starts Here in Africa

In an era where foresight, problem solving and left field thinking have become the new business currency, is proud to partner with Flux Trends is proud to announce the launch of a first of its kind Innovation Tour for 2023, The Future Starts Here in Africa : A sustainable solution-based innovation immersion experience for those who want to see, taste and touch the future.

Who is the tour designed for?

  • Executives and business leaders who understand that innovation is elusive but is nevertheless essential for the future of their business, or the survival of their current business model.
  • Business owners and corporate decision makers who know that new perspectives and new ways of thinking are needed to break the mould of 20th century corporate thinking, which still informs and drives many of today’s business operating systems. But not for much longer: systems are changing. Rapidly.
  • Pioneers and trailblazers who know that solution-based innovation will not only be as profitable as bottom-line focused businesses, but more importantly, create businesses better suited to our fast emerging, new world order.
  • Anyone interested in understanding and shaping the future, for good

This unique tour is designed to simultaneously shift your thinking and challenge your perceptions of the innovation process by – very literally – introducing delegates to the future. Specifically, by introducing you to the innovators, creatives and entrepreneurs building the future of South Africa, Africa, and the world. 

Your tour will begin the night before with a dinner at one of Johannesburg’s most exceptional restaurants to meet your fellow travellers and to contextualise the journey ahead. 

Over the following two days, your tour guide will be Dion Chang, the founder of Flux Trends. He and the Flux Trends team will not only take you on a remarkable and unexpected journey but will facilitate the all-important conversations that take place between each stop and give you an opportunity to converse and delve into years of Flux research that will help you frame the future of your business or get inspired to start or invest in a new one. 

What to expect

Your tour starts the night before with an invitation to break bread and clink ice, at a meet-and-greet event. It’s a chance for us to welcome you with true African hospitality, provide you with a glimpse of things to come, as well as to meet your fellow explorers. (The tour has been designed to be intimate, so places on the tour are limited to 20.)

The tour itself is a whirlwind of unexpected businesses, in unexpected places, and interactions with unexpected innovators. Innovation comes in many guises. Expect to be surprised, moved, and inspired. We will provide you with a comprehensive post-tour contact list and key insight after-care pack but do not expect a pre-tour itinerary to be circulated!

Arrive with an open mind and an open heart and prepare to be changed and challenged by the reality and necessity of solution-based innovation in action.

Watch a teaser from our past tours here: 

What’s Included?

Your tour includes airport transfers, three night 5-star hotel accommodation, all meals, and all tour activities. (We can also help you, on request, with arrangements to stay on and extend your South African experience by exploring more of what our country has to offer, whether it’s a safari, or a city or sea escape.) 

Think of the two-and-a-half-day tour as a healthy dose of innovation, garnished generously with foresight that will change the way you look at the world forever.

Join us (Google Form application).

Complete your reservation before the 31st May 2023 to qualify for the special reader  Early Bird Special discounted price of USD$4,848 (regular price USD$5,200). Bookings close on the 31st July 2023 and places are strictly limited to 20 delegates per tour.

Book now and claim your special discount. 

Still got questions? Contact Bethea at and we’ll be happy to assist in any way we can

Long-term thinking
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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