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Imagined Futures with Mary Jo Madda

Describe your ideal Imagined future in 10 years in 3 words. I can tell you right now — it’s all words that start with the letter “E.” Equity. Empathy. Ethics. Elaborate on an ideal future that you imagine. Whether this takes ten years or more than fifty years to get to, I want to see a world where people recognize that the “meritocracy” concept is a myth. I hope that…
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Imagined Futures with Sascha Mombartz

Who is Sascha Mombartz and what is most important for people to know about you? Sascha Mombartz is someone who lives in New York. My dad is German and my mom’s from Malta. My dad worked for the German Foreign Service, so I grew up all over the place. When people ask me where I’m from, I don’t really say I’m German. I feel like identity or where I am…
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Futures for All: How Futurism can help Define the Next Decade

This article was co-written with Travis Kupp When people discuss the future, they often have many ideas and perspectives that inform their vision of what it will be. Futurism is a field of study that brings various methodologies and practices to exploring and imagining the future in a structured and disciplined fashion. The field has evolved significantly since its inception over half a century ago, when it began as a…
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Imagined Futures with Margaret Trainor

Who is Margaret Trainor and what is most important for people to know about you? The most important things for people to know about me and what I value most about myself is that I have a fair amount of irreverence both for myself and the people around me. Another thing they should know is that I am an optimistic person and I think you pick up on that when…
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Imagined Futures with Benjamin Tirone Nunes

Who is Benjamin Tirone Nunes? The question of who I am has been influenced by the places and people that I came into the world around. I am a culturally diverse person. I grew a mix of cultures those being Portuguese, English, German and Italian. I grew up in Portugal going to a german school and then speaking english at home. I was influenced by Italian food through my mother,…
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Imagined Futures with Richard Wilhelmer

Who is Richard Wilhelmer? I am Richard Wilhelmer. I’m Managing Director and one of the founders of Beluga. Beluga is a strategic design consultancy. What we do is combine research and classical methods of market research with innovation and consumer-centric design. We work to bridge the gap between gathering and interpreting knowledge, to create new products and strategies for corporates and foundations. I also have a background in art and…
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Beyond trends – Meaningful innovation for the next decade

In case you missed the last Defining the Next Decade we did in partnership with Impact Hub Berlin on the topic of Beyond Trends: Meaning Innovation for the NextDecade. We explored groundbreaking innovation and ideas that will impact the future for the city of Berlin and beyond. Check out the pictures from the event. Thank you again to the audience, our panellists and moderator (Nele Kapretz, Dr Lydia Kostopoulos, Kaye Han, Sven Ehmann Darius Kü and Marcel Rasche)…
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Why Defining the Next Decade exists?

We are excited to launch Defining the Next Decade platform. It is a culmination of a long journey and this feels like the next step for this idea. To understand what Defining the Next Decade is and what it will be is to first understand the origins of the idea. Our Purpose We are dedicated to sharing ideas for positive impact in our cities. These ideas are across the areas…
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The Medicalization Movement: How real Human Emotions are being mistaken for Disease

In March 2011, a doctor by the name of Richard Morrow conducted a broad study of one million Canadian schoolchildren, observing the medical diagnoses that all children received within a period of one year. He specifically studied those children between the ages of six and 12 who had been diagnosed with ADHD. He found that the boys who were born at the end of the calendar year were 30% more…
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Re-Imagining LA’s Jail System

Amidst the madness of the current news cycle, there are few changes that feel more silver-lined than the expansive criminal justice reforms currently taking place in the United States.   There’s also no better place to watch these changes play out than in my new home of Los Angeles. Like most American cities, LA is haunted by the legacy of racialized policing and lack of accountability in law enforcement. The…
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