At a time when Silicon Valley is under pressure to be more accountable, this presentation uncovers how consumers’ moral values are changing their expectations of brands. We ask the awkward questions such as ‘do we relinquish decision-making to AI?’ and ‘who will police behaviour in digital spaces?’
We investigate how brands can become moral leaders in these turbulent times, fostering a culture of ethical innovation and embedding new codes of conduct into emerging digital spaces. Envisaging three future city scenarios, we highlight the ways in which brand intervention in placemaking could lead to better futures.
Top: Nikita Iziev for The Future Laboratory
Right: Digital Ethology by Corinne van Grevenbroek
: Morality Recoded
Having promised liberation, the internet has emerged as a tool for manipulation and subjugation, helping to create a global empathy deficit. Our traditional moral framework has fallen away, with family mentorship faltering and religious belief systems being questioned. Young people are growing up in an increasingly digital world and are losing the ability to navigate real-life, human-to-human interactions, while intelligent machines are threatening our sense of humanity.
In response to digital recklessness, there is a growing consensus that we need to reform the technological world with a new code based around decency, emotional intelligence and respect for privacy.
: Branded Cities
This presentation examines three alternative visions of the future metropolis. The Preferred City would see government working with technology brands to innovate for efficiency, with platforms being run democratically.
In a Probable City scenario, citizens would have to trade their data and attention to access spaces and facilities. A dystopian Potential City could increase, rather than resolve, inequality. With the system run by brands, citizens’ ability to navigate and engage with the city may depend on their perceived value as consumers.
The Future of Brand Purpose can be booked along with our presentations on The Future of Gender, The Future of Wellbeing and The Future of Youth, at a discounted rate.
: ANIMA II by Nick Verstand
:Branded Cities visual by Inferstudio for The Future Laboratory
‘The Future Laboratory’s presentation did exactly what we wanted it to – offer a glimpse of even further ahead in a compelling and engaging way to prepare for what brands need next’
Maya Draisin, associate publisher and head of marketing, Wired
Our Future of Brand Purpose in-house presentation connects your team with the key rising trends, innovations and value shifts that will help you redefine your brand purpose. Our expert researchers and analysts foster an interactive environment to help you achieve your desired outcomes.
The presentation can be tailored to suit a range of formats. Perhaps you want to have a workshop to explore a new product concept, or you have an event that requires a thought-leading keynote? Our in-house presentation can inspire ideas and provide a practical guide to strategies that will pay off in the years to come.
For more information about the themes we presented at Global Futures Forum 2018, download the event summary PDF here.
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Aleksandra leads the creative team at the Future Laboratory, which translates insights into immersive experiences on and offline and brings to life speculative visions of the future. With a background in critical design, she is an expert in developing far future scenarios that consider long-term implications of today’s trends. Since joining The Future Laboratory in 2014, she has worked with brands including UBS, Diageo, Google, LVMH and Design Hotels.