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Dr. Derek Woodgate

President & Chief Futurist

The Futures Lab, Inc.

Dr. Derek Woodgate is a consulting futurist/foresight scientist, educator, author, reviewer, speaker and curator. He is the President and Chief Futurist of The Futures Lab, Inc (TFL). a foresight consultancy, he founded in 1996, which specialises in creating future potential for major corporations and institutions ( including Ministries and government departments across the globe. He is also the creative force behind TFL’s subsidiary, The FutureXperience Lab, which design, curates and produces “Living the future” events and was originally allied to SXSW.

Derek is an ex-UK diplomat and holds a Master of Arts in Political Economics earned at the University of Zagreb, and a Doctor Philosophiae (Dr. Philos.) from the University of Agder, Norway, the latter in Leaning Sciences.

Derek currently holds the post of Associate Professor at the University of Agder in Norway, where he teaches the Future of Multimedia and Entertainment and The Future of Mobile Learning and is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Houston, USA. Derek is an Executive Board member and Lecturer at the Center for Futures Studies at the University of Dubai, and Advisor to the Vice-President for Academic Affairs at PMU, in Saudi Arabia. He is a frequent conference keynote and commentator on a variety of futures-related topics.

Derek is a founding member of the Association of Professional Futurists (APF) and is Head of the World Futures Studies Federation’s UNESCO Committee and is currently an advisor on the UNESCO program for the expansion of futures literacy.

Derek’s books include “Future Frequencies,” Fringecore Publishing, USA, (2005). 

“Future Flow – (Fringecore, (2012) (chapters available digitally), 

“Calling The Toads – A Burroughs Compendium” co-authored with Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Allen Ginsberg and Douglas Brinkley. Fringecore Publishing (1999)
The PR Playbook – The Future of PR. Inskandescent Press, (2014)
His numerous academic papers deal with the intersection of technology, foresight and learning in postnormal times.



Emerging techno-economic paradigms

The presentation will discuss how emerging and future technologies are contributing to the challenges, continuities and discontinuities we can expect in our shifting economic and market paradigms. Techno-economic paradigms are considered a collectively shared logic at the convergence of technological and market potential, acceptance, costs and functional coherence. They describe what is technically possible vs. economic and social relevance and their ability and power to influence other industries In that context I have built a structure of causal mechanisms that I consider represent the key platforms that drive such shifting paradigms. It deals with the efficient allocation of human and machine collab assets, humanized economics, the remixed society and the recodifying of thinking approaches.

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