“With every future we wish to create, we must first learn to imagine it.”

Imaginize.World deals with issues that are critical for us: people and society, AI and humans, the earth and survival. We talk with forward thinkers, scifi visionaries and pioneering organizations.

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Shaping our Reality with Chen Qiufan

A globally recognized leading Chinese scifi visionary, futurist and humanist, prize-winning Chen Qiufan (aka Stanley Chan), is the author of Waste Tide, 2013, published in English in 2019. He co-authored AI 2041: Ten Visions for our Future where Chen’s thought-provoking short stories are interspersed with co-author Kai-Fu Lee’s technology, science and societal analysis.

 


Immersive Technology with Mark Gröb of UPS

In charge of Immersive Tech for UPS where he explored, built XR (extended reality) practice including numerous patents. Mark

 


After World with Debbie Urbanski

Author of After World. Among her many short works: “The Cave” and the masterful “An Incomplete Timeline of What We Tried”. Debbie’s stories and essays have been published widely, often shortlisted, in such places as The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, The Best American Experimental Writing, The Sun, Granta, Orion, and Junior Great Books. After World is her first novel.

 


The AI Dilemma with Art Kleiner

A global forward thinker, once a pioneer, always a pioneer!  Art Kleiner, author of The Age of Heretics: A History of the Radical Thinkers Who Reinvented Corporate Management first published in 1996.  His new book just out is The AI Dilemma: 7 Principles for Responsible Technology co-authored with Juliette Powell.

 


Sugata Mitra and the End of Knowing

Physicist and education pioneer. Creator of the Hole in the Wall experiment, which led to the SOLE revolutionary learning method: Self-Organized-Learning Environments. In 2013  he won the TED million-dollar prize to “help me build schools in the cloud where children can explore and learn on their own — and teach one another”.  He strongly believes we are educating our children for our pasts, not for their futures.

 


Robin Vincent-Smith and Humanity Has No Borders

Robin is head of the Change and Knowledge Management Program at Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and has been with MSF for over 20 years. He shares his personal views with me, and does not represent the official voice of MSF in our conversation. We talk about the challenges of  climate change, and of working in conflict zones.  We discuss how MSF provides practical and future-oriented education opportunities for young people. A big question we discuss: Can we count on the younger generation to solve the problems we created?


Will future technology have our back? with Thomas Vander Wal

How will the future differ at the intersection of business, technology, and design? Will the physical and digital worlds collide, one weakening the other? How will technology hinder or help sustainability? How does the future look?

Thomas is a senior advisor in adaptive enterprise architectures in the reality of constant change. He is the creator of the term folksonomy, personal infocloud and the model of attraction, thus very people-oriented.


Wikimedia, essential infrastructure for open knowledge with Florence Devouard

Florence Devouard was the second Chairperson following founder Jimmy Wales. Today, the Wikipedia, 23  years old, is one of the top 5 websites used in the world. The 2030 mission is ambitious and inclusive – becoming the essential infrastructure for open knowledge. The challenges: finances, media preferences for audio and video, chatGPT vs the Wikipedia, Russia, closed internet systems in some countries, climate change and more.

 


Upcoming guests


Joachim Stroh,  DAOs – Decentralized Autonomous Organizations

Joachim is a leader in the DAO movement whose purpose is to have positive impact at scale on current social and environmental issues in the world. How? By bridging the gap from conventional economic systems to the realm of regenerative business. DAOs are new operating systems in a world where traditional systems are no longer effective. He is Product and Business Development Lead at Hypha LVC.

 


David Weinberger,  Internet and Technology Pioneer

An internet and technology pioneer who has never stopped learning, and never stopped sharing what he learns with us.  From the Cluetrain Manifesto in 2001, to Everyday Chaos: Technology, Complexity and How We’re Thriving in a New World of Possibility in 2019, his books have helped shape many people’s ideas about technology and how it influences us. He helps us understand the effect of machine learning on business strategy and our lives in general, even though we do not understand it – nor does anyone! That’s the point!

 


Bill Fischer, Author, Lecturer MIT and IMD

Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management and Professor Emeritus of Innovation Management at IMD Business School.  Bill is co-author of The Idea Hunter: How to Find Great Ideas and Make Them Happen
and Reinventing Giants. Bill has worked closely with the Haier organization, and has written numerous articles about ecosystems among other topics.

 


Sohail Inayatullah

In 2016, Professor Sohail Inayatullah was awarded the first UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies for Sustainability and Humanity, IIUM, Malaysia.
He is also co-host of MetaFutures, an educational think tank that explores alternative and preferred futures and the worldviews and myths that underlie them.
He is a Professor at Tamkang University, Taipei (Graduate Institute of Futures Studies) and an Associate, Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne.

 



The motto of Imaginize.World – “With every future we wish to create, we must first learn to imagine it” – is a quote from Chen Qiufan.

 

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