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TFL’s President, Derek Woodgate to speak at the World Learning Summit 2016 in Norway

TFL’s President, Derek Woodgate will speak and be a panelist at the World Learning Summit 2016, which will be held on 14th-16th June in Kristiansand, Norway. Amongst o26823_109047562455115_100000496162647_196872_5754057_nther subjects, Derek will discuss STEAM-based projects, as well as the potential impact of emerging multimedia technologies on the future of experiential learning.

Keynotes include: Peter Norvig, Chief scientist at Google, who pioneered the first MOOC, Michael Shanks, professor of Archeology at Stanford University and a long-time participant in various Stanford centers and labs focused on design, digital media, and technology and Keith Devlin is the Executive Director of H-Star Institute at Stanford University.

The Summit is the 6th annual conference meeting, promising to be a valuable event for academics, entrepreneurs and education leaders interested in the changing landscape of learning and education. Together we will explore the lifelong learning arc for those across the globe, and the role of networks and community in that journey. 

The event is hosted and convened by the Future Learning Lab international research network – in collaboration withNorwegian Trade Association/Abelia, the City of Kristiansand, Norwegian School of Business, Oslo StartUp Lab, Oslo EdTech, Digin, Aftenposten, The Freedom of Speech Foundation, and the Arkivet Peace FoundationConference host is University of Agder in South Norway, in collaboration with the HStar Institute at Stanford University

TFL’s President Derek Woodgate Making Sense of the Future of Learning

TFL’s President, Derek Woodgate participated in a two-day workshop titled “Making Sense of the Future of learning,” designed for higher education leaders and innovators to explore implications raised by KnowledgeWorks’ new ten-year forecast, “The Future of Learning: Education in an Era of Partners in Code.”

The workshop took place at Sparkspace and produced a number of exciting insights about future potential for education and learning.

The workshop was organized by Cincinnati-based social enterprise, KnowledgeWorks, http://www.knowledgeworks.org/- an organization that explores the future of learning to help education leaders and innovators anticipate change, explore strategic possibilities and identify ways of creating better opportunities for all learners.

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Our President talks the future on Capitol Hill

Our President, Derek Woodgate was invited by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers to participate in a high powered 2 hour panel in the Rayburn House Office building at the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill on May 17th to discuss the future of infrastructure to a packed audience of house representatives, the press and staffers. The event was part of AEM’s Infrastructure Vision 2050 initiative. Other panelists included Reps. Garrett Graves (R-La.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation President Amanda Engstrom Eversole, AEM Director and Kennametal CEO Ron DeFeo, and Addie Torner from the Brookings Institute.


TFL lands foresight project for the International Association of Exhibitions and Events

The Futures Lab, Inc. has been awarded a foresight project to explore and develop strategic direction for the IAEE.


Organized in 1928 as the National Association of Exposition Managers to represent the interests of trade show and exposition managers, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ is today the leading association for the global exhibition industry. Today IAEE represents over 9,500 individuals in over 50 countries who conduct and support exhibitions around the world.

Over 50 percent of IAEE’s members are directly involved in the planning, management, and production of exhibitions and buyer-seller events. The remainder of IAEE’s membership consists of those who provide products and services to the industry.

In addition to our foresight expertise, TFL’s experience in the events industry through it subsidiary, The Future Entertainment and Events Lab (FEEL) will provide additional insights into the potential for the Association and the industry.

Come see us speak on The Learning Remix at SXSW/SXCREATE 2016

10468373_10107223197356470_4168227215007150130_nDerek Woodgate and Maggie Duval are speaking on the Learning Remix at SXSW/SXCreate Rooms 1 & 2 at the Palmer Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX , 11th March 2016 at 3.30 – 4.30 pm.
We will also have a 20×20 ft display at SXCREATE for STEAM³.


TFL to present STEAM³ at SXCreate at SXSW 2016

TFL will have a 20×20 exhibit at the Palmer Center in Austin, TX at SXCreate 11-13 March 2016, to present our STEAM³ concept. We will demonstrate and display multiple aspects and dimensions of this highly successful project. We will be supported by our partner, Interactive Entertainment Systems and Joey Lopez’s team from Convergent Media.

TFL consulting with Jack Morton in Chicago on experiential design for future of construction industry

In continuing their collaboration and consulting for the Association of Equipment Manufactures for whom amongst other aspects we created an in-depth foresight project on the future of the construction industry, TFL is currently consulting with the Jack Morton agency in Chicago to develop the design and implementation of a large-scale interactive and immersive installation about the future of the construction industry.

Happy 2016 – Entering our 20th Year

Happy New Year to all our clients, friends, collaborators, and staff. This is a particularly exciting year for The Futures Lab. It is our 20th year in business. It has been a fantastic experience and success and we are pleased to announce that we will have a celebratory event later in the year, that will involve not just our operation in the USA, but our partners and offices around the world. We will also create a new logo for the company. The current logo has served us well. It was designed by our ex-colleague Wayne Pethrick in 2003 along with the rest of our visual design.

TFL’s Future Entertainment and Events Lab produces the Association of Professional Futurists’ Annual gathering in Atlanta

TFL’s Future Entertainment and Events Lab produced the Association of Professional Futurists’ annual three-day – gathering at the Artmore Hotel APF_Logo_All_Color_CMYK-01 revisedin Atlanta in October 2015. The program was curated by our President, Derek Woodgate and Joe Tankersley, Principal of Unique Visions.
Titled “The Learning Remix” – the program included:

Dr. Ronald G. Kander, Executive Dean,
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce
Philadelphia University

Melissa Wade, A faculty member of Emory University in the Division of Educational Studies, Melissa is a principle founder of the national Urban Debate League.

Dr. Stephen Harmon, Professor and Chair of the Learning Technologies Division, College of Education, Georgia State University

Martin Muider, Professor and Chair of the Education and Competence Studies Group Wegeningen University School of Social Sciences

This was followed by a visit to Georgia Tech to witness demonstrations of new learning approaches involving AI and gamification with Brian Magerko, Associate Professor of Digital Media, Director of the Adaptive Digital Media (ADAM) Lab.

Julian Allen, Director of Instructional Support, GSU spoke on How adaptive are we? – The call for a new learning ecosystem at Curve – Collaborative University Research & Visualization Environment, GSU.

A Panel followed on Aperture Learning – Life is learning, Learning is life – from dynamic mentoring to micro modular learning pathways and future learning environments – Moderator: Derek Woodgate, Panelists: Rex Miller, Jason Swanson, Bridgette Engeler Newbury, Wendy

Jake Dunagan, Research Director at Institute for the Future, leading the Governance Futures Lab’s collaboration game.
A Debate followed: Traditionalists vs. Futurists (Teaching vs. Learning)
APF Board Chair, Dr Cindy Frewen provided an APF Update.
The final session involved Derek Woodgate leading a team assignment to build a future foresight curriculum with approach.

TFL’s STEAM³ – The Future of Education Conference and Interactive Playground was a massive success

Derek at STEAM3

TFL's President opens STEAM³

TFL’s President opens STEAM³

The STEAM³ Conference and Interactive Playground jointly produced by TFL’s Learning Innovations in Future Education (LIFE) and Georgia State University was highly successful with a wonderful turnout, 18 amazing speakers and 23 interactive and immersive installations reflecting experimental and innovative approaches to STEAM. Full report at www.steam3.com. One of the most exciting aspects of the event beyond the globally renowned expert speakers and Playground participants was the large number of schools and learning institutions that brought there students to experience the potential future of education. The event was designed, curated and produced by TFL’s Future Entertainment and Events Lab.

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