Future Human: The Theatre of Innovation
Future Human is ‘the theatre of innovation’, a multi-platform media project that incorporates live events, books and digital experiences.
Live, digitally and in print, Future Human shines a light on cultural and economic innovation – or, more simply, new ideas and their application. Our belief is that while the process of innovation can be unsettling, it is also exciting and necessary.
The global financial crisis of 2007-2009 imposed terrible hardship, but also presented us with a liberating opportunity: a once in a lifetime chance to remodel Britain’s future, to re-imagine its place in the world and our place within it. Opinions on the UK’s coalition government are largely immaterial; the real agents of change in 21st century Britain are the upstart individuals and companies who seek to profit from evolving cultural tendencies, and who are employing new technologies, business strategies and philosophies.
Across multiple media, Future Human strives to tell the stories of these entrepreneurs, innovators and thinkers, and delve into the dramatic milieu that created them. We want to show how these developments are forging all our futures, and to become a leading resource on the subject of change and innovation.
In the process, Future Human aims take you on a journey, to travel beyond the ruins of our economic present towards the frontiers of an exhilarating, radically altered near-future.
Future Human Live
Launched in September 2009, and now hosted regularly at the Book Club in Shoreditch, Future Human Live reinvents the intellectual salon for a decade of radical change and innovation. Guests are invited to open their minds, become a part of the show and debate important ideas of the age with pioneering thinkers.
Each Future Human Live event addresses a unique topic: with Advertising at the Frontiers of Consciousness we explored the increasing use of neuroscience in marketing communications; Immersion Drama shed light on how emerging digital technologies are being used to create increasingly immersive, interactive and personalised narrative entertainments across the arts; and End of the Oil Age projected the energy economy of the post-peak oil era.
A distinguished list of guest alumni includes the record producer Paul Epworth, writer Graham Linehan, solar entrepreneur Jeremy Leggett, solicitor Laura Tyler, blogger Zoe Margolis, fashion entrepreneur Iris Ben David, comedian Mark Stevenson, neuroscientist Gemma Calvert, and author Cory Doctorow, to name a paltry few.
Future Human Live combines entertainment, edification and discovery like no other event, and has garnered wide praise in the mass media. Here are some recent cuttings:
‘A blend of intimacy, anarchy and intellectual nourishment… the salon has arrived in the 21st century’ – The Sunday Times
‘One of London’s top five talk events’ – The Evening Standard
‘Hurrah! We get to pretend to be sophisticated members of the intelligentsia’ – Grazia
‘Lively, informative and fun’ – The Daily Telegraph
‘The new salon for hip intellectuals… book early, tickets sell like (calorie free) hot cakes’ – Time Out
‘Having attended more than our share’s worth of debates, this magnificent series is the only one for which we’d join a Twitter support campaign’ – Londonist
You can check out our upcoming events and purchase tickets by clicking here.