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The Global Futures Forum is now over for another year, but you don’t need to miss out on the insights uncovered. Radical keynotes with insights from The Future Laboratory experts are now available to book as in-house presentations and innovation workshops for your team and business leaders. From the global Mega Forces shaping society, to the key strategies needed to implement impactful and sustainable change - more details can be found below, along with ways to book.   Also available is our Innovators' Toolkit Report, a quick reference guide for professionals tasked with building an innovation team fit for the future, which can be downloaded below for free.

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In-house Presentation: The Dislocated World

We live in a dislocated world, characterised by distrust, disconnection, disenfranchisement, disgust and disorder. Public trust in governments, the financial sector and brands is at an all-time low. Racial division, climate change, inequality and terrorism dominate the headlines. It is tempting to deal with each wave of disruption as it comes, but to successfully navigate the future we must look at the bigger picture. Our presentation on The Dislocated World will help you to reject short-termism and effect change that is informed by deep insights into the mindset of consumers who are navigating this shifting and uncertain terrain. 

The presentation examines a number of Consumer Drivers, including:

  • Discarded Futures – how the ruthless pursuit of profit at any cost by companies jeopardises society and the planet as a whole
  • State of Disorder – politicians are exploiting people’s anxieties around mass migration and terrorism to stir up support for extremist policies
  • Systemic Distrust – consumers increasingly feel betrayed, let down and ignored by traditional institutions
  • Technological Discord – the fear that advances in technology could increase the divide between the haves and the have-nots
  • Income Disconnect – the impact of the yawning gap between the richest minority and a majority that is getting poorer, in real terms
  • Rising Disenchantment – low incomes and the rise of the gig economy are leaving young consumers frustrated and changing their spending habits

We also present a detailed look at how brands can adapt using a range of socio-economic trends that we have identified within The Dislocated World. Your team will leave feeling better equipped to meet the challenges of the Anthropocene age and help your organisation to thrive in the future.

Complete your details on the following form and one of our team will be in touch to assist you.

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In-house Presentations: Innovators' Toolkit

Our Innovators’ Toolkit Presentation is a road map for those who see innovation, not as an end in itself but as a means to move ahead and escape the status quo. It is also a call to reframe the role of technology in innovation strategy, and to use it as a tool to solve the problems of humans, who should reclaim the centre stage.

Against a backdrop of shifting consumer expectations, data overload and a transforming business environment, we have drawn on The Future Laboratory’s wealth of research and thinking – and the insights and observations of a string of global experts – to consider anew what it means to be an innovator in this century of disruption and transformation. 

During the presentation we examine four global Macro Trends that are reshaping our shared understanding of how and why we innovate. We then examine six key strategies that brands need to adopt in order to innovate successfully in the decades ahead. These include: 

  • Offer Emotional Solutions
  • Become a Silo-buster
  • Practise Future-proofing 2.0

The presentation features best-in-class case studies and inspiring insights from business influencers and academics. Your team will leave with a Toolkit to help implement true innovation and meaningful change. 

Complete your details on the following form and one of our team will be in touch to assist you.

New In-house Innovation Labs

In House Innovation Labs.jpegWe are now offering in-house Innovation Labs, which are highly effective workshops to help you apply emerging trends and unearth new market battlegrounds, growth areas, opportunities and innovation territories.

At the Global Futures Forum, decision-makers in the fields of food and drink, retail, fashion and beauty, and luxury attended dynamic and fruitful sessions to harness the insights revealed during the event. And now we are offering you a chance to have your own bespoke Innovation Lab with our strategy team to ensure your strategies and innovations remain ahead of the curve and ride the wave of change.

Learn how to convert trends into future opportunities through:

  • Future-centric situation analysis to help you carve out a sustainable niche in the future
  • Short-, medium- and long-term innovation road maps
  • Preliminary innovation game plans to fuel more in-depth experimentation and prototyping

You will also receive a transcript of your session, along with a copy of our Innovators’ Toolkit, with more in-depth processes to implement meaningful change. 

To book your in-house Innovation Lab, for more information or
if you require something more bespoke, please fill the following form:

Innovators' Toolkit Report

Overview

The Innovators' Toolkit Report draws on The Future Laboratory’s wealth of research and thinking, and the insights and observations of a string of global experts, to consider anew what it means to be an innovator in this century of disruption and transformation.

For too long, innovation has been synonymous with technology. As digital native teenagers grow up, the initial sense of wonder and belief in technological innovation as an end in itself is fading fast. We are recognising that it is time for digital technology to adopt a supporting role, and to put humans centre stage in our innovation strategies.

This report examines shifting consumer expectations and the transforming business environment before exploring the assembled wisdom, data and insight to isolate six key strategies that brands will need to adopt in order to innovate successfully in the decades ahead.

What’s Inside the Report?

Introduction
The report starts with a reframing of the role of technology in innovation strategy, and a call to focus on solving people’s problems, using technology as a tool.

Global Macro Trends
The report examines four major trends that are reshaping our shared understanding of how and why we innovate. This involves asking why the unstoppable tide of consumer data and analytical tools is not translating into predictable innovation success. It also sheds light on the Identity Paradox of digital-savvy consumers and the Creativity Hurdle that brands must overcome.

Six Key Strategies for Successful Innovation
In a reframing of received wisdom, we identify six strategies for brands to follow when seeking innovation, not as an end in itself but as the key to escape the status quo. These include Redefining the Relationship to make innovation a core function, and creating a Human-centric System.

Best-in-class Case Studies, Expert Insights
Throughout the report, best-in-class case studies of companies that successfully innovate are used to show how to put these ideas into practice. Quotes and insights from business influencers and academics illuminate possible ways forward.

Toolkit
The report contains practical tools and advice to enable you to implement its theories and insights in your organisation’s innovation strategy in order to effect meaningful change. 

*Image credits:
1. The Origin of Quantum Dot by Andreas Nicolas Fischer and Samsung at IFA Berlin 2016, Germany
2. Prototype by Airbnb Samara design studio 

 

Complete your details on the following form to download the report.

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