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A short futuristic film by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo. This is our graduation project from Bezaleal academy of arts. Please share if you enjoyed it! Contact:…
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Design Fictions - This brings my interests in film and futures together.

 

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Are Nonprofits the Future of Indie Film?

Are Nonprofits the Future of Indie Film? | Chaos and Uncertainty | Scoop.it
In this guest post, filmmaker Nick Toti writes about the changing ecosystem for indie film - and how non-profits could be the answer.
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American filmmakers Nick Toti and Matt Latham are taking an ecosystem perspective of cinema and exploring the role of not-for-profit status for making independent films. Admitting their fare isn't for mass audiences, they see a culturally beneficial role for cinema that doesn't conform to the Hollywood ideal.

 

Toti explains that by " severing the long-standing ties that American cinema has had with commercial industry, we can bring the medium back to a place of personal relevance in people's lives. Challenging, formally adventurous cinema is serious business, even if it doesn't make a dime. The cultural benefits are obvious, if only barely being discovered."

 

 

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58 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up Everything We Do

58 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up Everything We Do | Chaos and Uncertainty | Scoop.it
The Galatea effect, attentional bias, recency, and more.
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Understanding cognitive biases is vital for thinking about our actions and assumptions right now. It's extremely important when we think about how we envision futures.

 

via http://www.businessinsider.com/cognitive-biases-2014-6?op=1

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Beyond the Maker Movement: How the ChangeMakers Are the Future of Education

Beyond the Maker Movement: How the ChangeMakers Are the Future of Education | Chaos and Uncertainty | Scoop.it
In Silicon Valley, there’s a lot of talk about  The Maker Movement. After all, over 195,000 people attended Maker Faire events around the world
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From the Maker Movement to the ChangeMaker Movement

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Future Londoners - Nesta

Future Londoners - Nesta | Chaos and Uncertainty | Scoop.it
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Future Londoners is a series of imaginary London residents of the future that were created as a collaboration "between Arup, Social Life, Re.Work, Commonplace, Tim Maughan and Nesta."  The series of future Londoners was created as a way of exploring and informing the design of a smarter London.

 

While much popular futures exploration likes to focus on technologies of the future, this work looks at the lives of future Londoners. It's a great way of understanding the implications of future developments. This work reminds me of a foresight project I worked on a few years ago that explored what the econony of the province of Ontario might look like a couple of decades from now. Four future scenarios were created that explored possible futures. While the worlds described in each scenario were interesting and thought provoking, now that time has passed it's really the people who populated the scenarios that remain with me. It reinforces for me that while a shiny new toy might light up the future, it's the impact of that toy on society, and on individuals in particular that carries greater interest. Wish I could point to the Economic Futures for Ontario scenarios but unfortunately they aren't public.

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According to Andy Hines, the best foresight clients have 4 key characteristics.

According to Andy Hines, the best foresight clients have 4 key characteristics. | Chaos and Uncertainty | Scoop.it
This question came up in a recent discussion with a professional colleague. Despite my hesitation to engage in a “best” discussion, let's see, and take into account the appropriate cautions that “best” is in the eye of the ...
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I agree wholeheartedly about these key characteristics of "best" or ideal clients.

 

They respect you and your abilities.

They have thought carefully about what they want and why.

They challenge you, in a good way, by piquing your interests and inspiring you to grow in new directions. All this while continuing to respect you and your abilities.

They treat you as relationship material and not as a fast and cheap date.

 

I've experienced both this and its polar opposite recently. So these points stand in sharp relief in my mind.

 

They apply to any client, in my mind, foresight or other. However, given the fuzziness around foresight work this is particularly true.

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Seth's Blog: Misunderstanding quality

Seth's Blog: Misunderstanding quality | Chaos and Uncertainty | Scoop.it
Kodak, of course, ruled their world. They were as close to a monopoly as they could get for generations. Along the way, though, the company made the mistake of misdefining quality. They thought that what would ensure their future was...
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In the same way that Kodak's and Polaroid's customers cared less about the quality of the image and more about the ability to take and share photos easily, a similar situation has played out and continues to play out in the entertainment industries.

While there are audiophiles, most folks aren't so fussed by the relatively low audio quality of digital music files. They want easy access to music. Similarly, there are those who hold fast to the quality of celluloid motion picture film. Vast masses of others could care less about video's reduced dynamic range. They are more interested in being transported to another world. The human imagination is pretty good at doing that without the reproduction of "reality" in front of our eyes. Books transported us for centuries with the use of mere words.

Quality is such a subjective concept. The producers at Kodak and Polaroid assumed their understanding of "quality" was the same as their customers'. They assumed what they wanted to achieve was what their customers wanted to have. In these instances, fidelity of image and sound were less critical then overall experience of the product.
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New report highlights shifting trends in cinema

Young people are going to the cinema less often while attendances by the older demographic are soaring– despite a lack of films aimed at mature audiences.

 

While the Australian box office is still dominated by US and UK blockbusters, collectively the earnings of the big films have declined because even they are experiencing shorter runs in cinemas. And digital projection and distribution is enabling distributors to release films far more widely than in the 35mm era.

 

Those are among the key findings of a new report, Cinema in Australia: An Industry Profile, part of Swinburne University’s research project Spreading Fictions: Distributing Stories in the Online Age.

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"The report found the proportion of 14-24 year-olds going to the cinema, and the number of movies they see, have declined slightly in the 2000s.

Conversely, cinemagoing among older people has grown strongly and continuously since the dawn of the multiplex era in 1984. More than half (56%) of people aged 50-plus went to the movies, on average seven times each, in 2011."

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PLURALITY

Directed by: Dennis Liu Written by: Ryan Condal Produced by: Jonathan Hsu, Dennis Liu Cinematography by: Jon Chen Music by: Pakk Hui Starring: Jeff Nissani, ...
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I have been thinking a lot about how we tell stories about the future. And how they tend to be rather dystopic. I guess there's less tension and drama in utopia, unless you are setting it up to fail.

 

This little film presents one future in NYC where your life (and all its data) is linked to your DNA and tracked everywhere. It presents the very current preoccupation with balancing order and safety with privacy. But there is a kink in the order. You'll have to watch the film to find out what's going on.

 

 

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KPCB Internet Trends 2013

The latest edition of the annual Internet Trends report finds continued robust online growth. There are now 2.4 billion Internet users around the world, and the
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Mary Meeker's Internet Trends slide deck has lots of information on trends that will likely shape the future of media consumption, business and society including:

 

- global internet usage

- behavioural changes with regard to tech

- sharing (photos, video, sound and data)

- mobile sector

- shifts from PC - smartphone - tablet - wearables, driveables, flyables, scannables

- internet entrepreneurs

- Immigration trends (specific to the US), metrics on emerging financial services, education, healthcare and more

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The New Power of Memory

The New Power of Memory | Chaos and Uncertainty | Scoop.it
Sharp recall skills have proven themselves key to future success, scientists have found. A look at what some call mental time travel.
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A few excerpts from the article:

 

"What the scientists showed could have implications not just for those who suffer memory loss, like the elderly, but young adults and their ability to plan and socialize. The researchers are also following up what they've found by trying to see whether the ability to recall past events may be related to creativity and imagination."

 

"The capacity to come up with detailed simulations appears to have many uses. It contributes to planning by modeling different possibilities without committing to them. Running through a number of scenarios hopefully leads us to a better option."

 

"The capacity to simulate events in one's head also carries potential downsides. It can lead to trouble if we don't anticipate all the things that might happen or become overconfident that we have figured out what is going to happen."

 

Significant insights for futures work.

 

 

 

Via the Wall Street Journal

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How Search Works - The Story – Inside Search – Google

How Search Works - The Story – Inside Search – Google | Chaos and Uncertainty | Scoop.it
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Great overview of how google's search actually works.

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Why Innovators Hate M.B.A.'s

Why Innovators Hate M.B.A.'s | Chaos and Uncertainty | Scoop.it
Peter Thiel, Scott Cook, and Elon Musk have all spoken out about why B-school grads hurt rather than help innovation. But is it really true?
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The article makes the case that it's important to make use of both traditional management (as learned via business schools) and entrepreneurial management (as learned via innovation schools).

 

While uncertainty is high there is benefit to a more entrepreneurial approach that makes use of experimentation, flat organizations, networks, iteration and flexibility.

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Tackle Any Problem With These 3 Questions

Tackle Any Problem With These 3 Questions | Chaos and Uncertainty | Scoop.it
Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question, collected the provocative questions top designers, tech innovators, and entrepreneurs ask...
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"Asking Why, What if, and How, in that order, can help one advance through three critical stages of problem-solving. “Why” questions are ideal for coming to grips with an existing challenge or problem--helping us understand why the problem exists, why it hasn’t been solved already, and why it might be worth tackling. “What if” questions can be used to explore fresh ideas for possible improvements or solutions to the problem, from a hypothetical standpoint. When it’s time to act on those ideas, the most effective types of questions are practical, action-oriented ones that focus on “how”: how to give form to ideas, how to test and refine them with the goal of transforming possibility into reality."

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What's the Economic Value of an Arts Education? - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society

What's the Economic Value of an Arts Education? - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society | Chaos and Uncertainty | Scoop.it
While it's not perfectly tangible, the financial value of a degree in the humanities certainly exists.
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In a recent article published by the Globe and Mail, Millar refers to these desired yet somewhat intangible attributes as “21st-century skills,” which various programs in North America and abroad, such as the Institute of Design at Stanford and Stratford Campus at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, are trying to cultivate through a fusion of disciplines.

 

“The current education system is designed to solve specific problems in the industrial-manufacturing age,” Millar explained. “So at a time when our economy is changing, we need a whole bunch of workers with a different set of skills designed for the digital age. Global warming, for example, is a multifaceted problem that needs people who can think about not just environmental sciences, but also politics and economics and psychology and engineering and chemistry.”

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RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms

This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benj...

Via Fab GOUX-BAUDIMENT
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Sir Ken Robinson makes some interesting and sometimes controversial pronouncements about the broader education system, including the so-called ADHD epidemic in the US, education systems being based on a factory production model and how children's divergent thinking and capacity for creativity is eroded as they become more educated.

 

If the education system we know today sprang from the enlightenment and industrial age, what shape will our future education system take? How will the information age reshape what we think of as education?

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Isaac Asimov’s 1964 Predictions About What the World Will Look 50 Years Later — in 2014

Isaac Asimov’s 1964 Predictions About What the World Will Look 50 Years Later — in 2014 | Chaos and Uncertainty | Scoop.it
When New York City hosted The World's Fair in 1964, Isaac Asimov, the prolific sci-fi author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, took the opportunity to wonder what the world would look like 50 years hence -- assuming the world...
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I'm not a fan of predictions. However, it's interesting to see what Asimov foresaw of life in our world today.

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Pretty fantastic & useful resource by Zan Chandler: Audience Engagement Report on ideaBoost. CFC, CMF [downloadable]

Pretty fantastic & useful resource by Zan Chandler: Audience Engagement Report on ideaBoost. CFC, CMF [downloadable] | Chaos and Uncertainty | Scoop.it

ideaBoost: Audience Engagement Report explores how the first cohort of IdeaBOOST accelerator participants made use of audience engagement methods as they progressed through the program, which methods they used and with what results. In addition, it examines significant patterns from the findings across all participating teams. The research helped develop a methodology of case studies and cross-case analysis to compare the results of the seven teams.

 

In April 2013, the CMF announced two pilot programs to further support digital media projects, one of which has a budget of $360 K to establish funding partnerships with incubators or accelerators across Canada. More details about this program will be announced once they become available. 


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Many thanks to Siobhan O'Flynn for scooping this before I even got a chance to.

 

It was a great project to research and be involved with. I think the idea of a business accelerator for digital entertainment is an important idea for the future of entertainment.

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Why English Majors are the Hot New Hires

Why English Majors are the Hot New Hires | Chaos and Uncertainty | Scoop.it
After years of emphasis being put on math and engineering degrees, here's why English majors may be in high demand.
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So the writing, communication, research and critical thinking and empathy skills of English majors are highly regarded by some businesses today. This is completely opposite to a post I read on LinkedIn this morning, which put humanities at the top of a list of useless degrees.

 

Having degrees in linguistics, film and foresight, and not STEM education, I'd like to think I'd made good choices along the way.

 

Trend and counter trend?

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10 Ways Google Glass Will Change Us — Whether We're Ready Or Not

10 Ways Google Glass Will Change Us — Whether We're Ready Or Not | Chaos and Uncertainty | Scoop.it
From law enforcement to online dating, the changes will be massive and unprecedented.
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Some ideas that explore how "Google Glass" could have both positive and negative impacts on how we live our lives.

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8 Exponential Trends That Will Shape Humanity: Century of the City ...

We live in a time of great abundance and unparalleled possibilities fueled by exponential growth from the impact of technology. Our job at sparks & honey is to
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» Napster, Udacity, and the Academy Clay Shirky

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Shirky says it well:

 

"Once you see this pattern—a new story rearranging people’s sense of the possible, with the incumbents the last to know—you see it everywhere. First, the people running the old system don’t notice the change. When they do, they assume it’s minor. Then that it’s a niche. Then a fad. And by the time they understand that the world has actually changed, they’ve squandered most of the time they had to adapt.

 

It’s been interesting watching this unfold in music, books, newspapers, TV, but nothing has ever been as interesting to me as watching it happen in my own backyard. Higher education is now being disrupted; our MP3 is the massive open online course (or MOOC), and our Napster is Udacity, the education startup."

 

In each case, those affected fail to realize that the result of the disruption is not a digital version of what they've been providing. It's something else completely, with familiar elements from our analogue understanding. The digital delivers system enables more people to gain access.

 

For those who have the privilege of access to a high fidelity recording or a high quality university education (or any kind of university education), this may be a poor substitute. But in reality, we are talking about a small number of people having access to a limited number of offerings. For the rest - too bad, so sad.

 

For those who have never had access (or had limited access) to high fidelity recording or quality university courses MP3s and MOOCs open up a new world of experience. Let's not forget this is a tremendously large number of people across the globe.

 

I was delighted that the digital revolution enabled me to find MPS of cheesy ballads sung by Bread, one of my favourite bands as a 10 year old. I'm equally delighted that I can enroll in a MOOC on Aboriginal Art and Culture - none was offered at the universities I have attended, until very recently.

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How Serious Play Leads To Breakthrough Innovation

How Serious Play Leads To Breakthrough Innovation | Chaos and Uncertainty | Scoop.it

"In Creative Intelligence, Bruce Nussbaum argues that building a space away from normal activity, where people trust each other and agree to behave by a different set of rituals, is key to enhancing a team’s creative capability."

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Excerpt from the fastcodesign article"

 

"In a recent Harvard Business Review article, the sculptor Richard Serra, known for his huge installations of sheet metal bent into spirals, ellipses, and arcs, explained his process: “In play you don’t foresee an end product. It allows you to suspend judgment. Often the solution to one problem sparks a possibility for another set of problems. . . . In the actual building of something you see connections you could not possibly have foreseen on that scale unless you were physically there.”

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If the world lived in a single city

If the world lived in a single city | Chaos and Uncertainty | Scoop.it
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Fascinating to view the world's population (estimated at just under 7 billion people) based on urban densities similar to several of the world's cities. I had no idea that Paris was so much more densely packed than my hometown, London.

 

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