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Future Center Summit in May 2018

The Future Center Alliance (FCA – in cooperation with the FCA of Japan (FCAJ), Copenhagen’s Bloxhub, Malmö’s Öresund Future Hub, and SONY Mobile Communications – is organizing the 6thGlobal Future Center Summit this Spring.  The Summit will take place in Copenhagen, Malmö and Lund, on 6-8th May 2018.

The Summit will be like a pop-up prototyping lab, testing new ways of thinking and working, using real world challenges as an agenda, and real world locations as its playing field.

The event will bring together approximately 40-50 people who are directly engaged with future centers, living labs, policy labs and innovation labs of all kinds, in order to exchange ideas and good practice about supporting societal renewal and collaborative innovation in dedicated innovation-enabling work environments. Participants will be facilitated to explore new ways to work together on concrete projects in the coming years.

The theme of this Summit is Bridges: Co-Creating Impact Across Borders.

Each Future Center Summit since 2005 has been a journey, and for the first time this Future Center Summit will be a cross-border journey both geographically and metaphorically.

In this nomadic, three-day prototyping Lab, people will visit and experience several world class Future Centers and Innovation Centers to explore and co-create new ways to drive impact in diverse settings, using insights and learnings from the places they visit, the Future Center operating principles, and the multi-intelligence that participants bring.

People from Future Centers, Living Labs and Design Labs from the Netherlands, England, Sweden, Denmark, France,  Turkey, Israel, Japan, Korea and Argentina have already confirmed their participation.

Themes to explore include:

  • How to leverage diversity, creativity and passion for societal change
  • How to orchestrate cross border collaboration to deal with boundary-spanning issues
  • Creative spaces of tomorrow
  • How to use a visioning process to bring 2050 up close and personal
  • How to create 3rdgeneration Future Centers which integrate concepts from Future Centers, Innovation Centers and Living Labs

The latest program information – and information about registration – is available on the Future Center Alliance website:

Launch Smart Systems Future Center

The launch of the Smart Systems Future Center – an initiative of LIACS, the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science, and Constable Research B.V., took place on 24th April 2014 at the Living Lab of the The Hague Centre for Innovation. A program for approximately 80 participants include presentations about the impact of big data in daily life (by Prof. dr. Jaap van den Herik), the next generation of Future Centers (by Dr. Paul Iske, Head of the Innovation Centre of ABN AMRO), how space can influence behaviour and creativity (by Ernst de Lange, director of Future Center “De Werf”), and an international perspective on the Innovation Dialogue (By Hank Kune of the Future Center Alliance). The second part of the program was an interactive sessions in which participants explored opportunities for further developing the Smart Systems FC.

As described in the program material Everything is a System, “Smart Systems will soon be everywhere. Smart Systems control the car you (still) drive and the planes you fly. Smart Systems trade on the stock market, will diagnose your illness and design sustainable buildings…They are capable of describing and analysing a situation, and taking decisions based on the available data in a predictive or adaptive manner, thereby performing smart actions (source: Wikipedia). Here we include larger (social and economic)systems up to an including whole value chains, using systems currently known as ‘big data’.

“The Future Center aims at bringing together (potential) clients and users of smart technology, with suppliers and developers; as well as technical scientists and researchers, with policy makers; as well as social and human scientists, bien etonné de se trouver ensemble with for instance philosophers, economists and biologists meeting artists.”

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Future Center Study Group

A number of Japanese organizations from the world of business, the public sector and universities have initiated a Future Center Studies Group (FCSG) in order investigate relevant models for future centers in Japanese organizations. The group meets regularly to explore good practice in existing future centers, living labs and other innovation- enabling environments from diverse perspectives: open innovation, value creation, place versus space, future orientation and organizational renewal.

The FCSG wants to discover how best to create open, expansive – even enjoyable – workspaces, which encourage collaboration, unlock creativity, leverage people’s potential, facilitate teams to push beyond limits, and enable organizations to innovate. They recognize that, “if it were easy to do, our organizations would all be doing it already.”

There is no single ‘ideal’ model, and diverse working models are successful in some contexts, less so in others. This year, the FCSG will address diverse issues relating to the ‘future of future centers,’ hoping to learn about relevant business models to turn creativity and entrepreneurial spirit into innovation excellence.