Insights · March 16th, 2023

In this episode of Discourse ZA Bronwyn Williams speaks to futurist Monika Bielskyte.

They talk about Monika’s latest project, “Protopia Futures”, which rejects the false binary of dystopian and utopian visions, and is based on principles of plurality, creativity, and the evolution of values. They also discuss the issues of gatekeeping in the futurist space, and some of the problems with the “longtermism” movement.

About Bronwyn Williams

Bronwyn Williams is a futurist, economist, trend analyst and host of The Small Print. Her day job as a partner at Flux Trends involves helping business leaders to use foresight to design the future they want to live and work in. You may have seen her talking about Transhumanism or Tikok on Carte Blanche, or heard her talking about trends on 702 or CNBC Africa where she is a regular expert commentator. When she’s not talking to brands and businesses about the future, you will probably find her curled up somewhere with a (preferably paperback) book.

About Monika Bielskyte

Monika Bielskyte is a futures researcher working at the intersection of science/tech-culture-politics. Her clients include Google, Nike, Universal, Disney Marvel, BBC, and Microsoft. She is currently developing @protopiafutures — a platform for research & creative collaborations challenging & offering alternatives to dystopian/utopian stereotypes. Protopia explores visions of radically hopeful & inclusive futures centering Queerness, Indigeneity, Disability & previously marginalized cultural perspectives.

Foresight Methods 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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