THE PROGRAM

As always, we seek to explore who sets the agenda, what changes the playing field and how we all can shape society and business from now on. All in all, we tend to look a lot at systems. The program is a parallel track format with a bunch of keynotes in between, all carefully curated to help you connect the dots.

In 2022, the red thread will be “How to thrive in an unknowable future” and it will run through sessions such as ”Spatial Computing”, ”How to organize innovation”, “Web 3”, ”Natural intelligence” and ”Stories that shape the future”.

Tuesday August 23, 2022

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Breakfast and registration

Breakfast, lots of coffee and time to say hi to new and old friends!

9:30 am - 11:00 am

SENSES AND SENSIBILITIES

Location: The Anthill

Losing a sense, winning sensations, expanding perception.

To kick the conference off we are going to talk about tuning, re-tuning and expanding our notions of what sensory capabilities we have, and might need to acquire in the future. Both to be sensible to the way we live our lives, what we desire and how we run our organisations.

This session features two speakers: the world renowned pastry chef Jordi Roca, who together with his two brothers run the three starred restaurant El Celler De Can Roca in Girona, Spain and speculative architect Liam Young who as a director operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures.

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11:30 am - 12:30 pm

HOW TO USE A COMPUTER

Location: The Eclipse

...to find what you are looking for, to present yourself and to talk with others. A reintroduction to our life online.

The world of computers and computational thinking keeps presenting us with foreign words and concepts. Many of the once novel tools and ideas are now such a common part of our everyday life that we don't even recognize them. Not too long ago, it was a dialling expedition to connect to the internet, now we are living and working with an almost invisible super computer in our hands, providing us access to a global cloud of abundance and opportunities.

In this session we set out to reintroduce ourselves to our computers, in order to welcome the exotic feelings of joy, wonder, and empathy that comes from interacting with the machine and each other. We’ll start with the tools and applications we most often use.

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11:30 am - 12:30 pm

WORK – WHAT SCIENCE SAYS

Location: The Mush Room

A framework to place newfound work anecdotes and experiences in.

During the course of the pandemic most of us have become progressive future work experts, at least in our own minds. Although the patterns of work were forced on us, and that many of us have suffered from being guinea pigs, we've got some new experiences about how, when, where and maybe why we work.

To this hour on the future of work we've invited three scientists to help us ground the anecdotes we hear from friends and colleagues, and our own experiences in research. What does science say about work, work-place and work-time?

What You'll Learn

  • • What work is and will become
  • • How we’re working
  • • When we’re working
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12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

LUNCH

Enjoy a vegan lunch, explore installations and listen to interview with Carl Benedikt Frey (Oxford University).

Lunch is very much included in your The Conference ticket. So is coffee. And snacks. And breakfast. You shall not go hungry!

All food and snacks at The Conference are vegan and prepared by the great chefs at Slagthuset. If you have any special diet requirements or allergies make sure to let us know -> theconference@mediaevolution.se.

During lunch time you'll have plenty of time to mingle, and try out the different installments and experiences around the venue. It will be a universe of its own.

At 12.50 there's an interview about the future of work with Carl Benedikt Frey (Oxford University) at The Conversation.

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12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

LUNCH WITH NEW FRIENDS

Spice up the lunch hour and opt in for a conference version of a poly blind date.

You will all get lunch! It's included in your The Conference ticket and it will be both delicious and vegan. So you don't have to register for having lunch.

BUT if you feel like spicing up the lunch hour and enjoy your meal with a bunch of other conference goers you haven’t met before, then sign up for lunch with new friends and we will mix and match and decide with whom you be eating :)

That’s that, you won’t know with whom you’ll be having lunch with until it’s lunch time. A soft take on Russian roulette and a much appreciated The Conference classic.

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1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

DESIGN EMERGENCY

Location: The Anthill

Design’s role in forging a fairer future.

Design can be a tremendously powerful tool to bridge and connect advances in science, tech and long forgotten methodologies with urgent social, economic, political and ecological objectives. At its most useful, design is a cross-disciplinary skill, a force or an attitude rather than a specific discipline or profession. It's an outlook that widens the scope of whom to be considered a designer and how problems can be solved – which is much needed in times of plentiful emergencies.

Always, that is.

In this keynote session, the award-winning design critic and author Alice Rawsthorn will share insights on design’s role in forging a fairer future – building upon insights from her Design Emergency research platform she runs together with MoMa curator Paola Antonelli.

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2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

SPATIAL COMPUTING

Location: The Eclipse

VR, AR, metaverse, and other superimposed realities.

To follow up on the morning session on Senses and sensibilities and How to use a computer we’re diving into the digitally enhanced universes of augmented reality, virtual reality and the metaverse.

Spatial computing is a way of expressing both digital layers of the physical world and digital representations of physical objects. The session aims to draw connections between digital and physical experiences - all within the context of how we as humans situate ourselves in a space and how technologies within the scope of spatial computing will develop said experiences.

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2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Being well – body and place

Location: The Mush Room

Making our experience of the world less intrusive and more healthy.

We spend most of our lives in places that are human-made surrounded by technology designed by humans. These places, spaces and technologies impact who we are, how we feel, what we do and how we interact with the world around us. How they are designed impacts our very being.

In this session, we meet an interaction design professor and an urban designer who reflect on how the design choices we make have a big impact on making the world a less intrusive, more humane, and healthier place. A place where we can be well.

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3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

SNACK TIME!

Featuring an interview with Hillary Juma (Mozilla) at The Conversation.

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

WHAT IS A GOOD LIFE?

Location: The Anthill

A lesson about what humans value and sacrifice.

What is a good life? Through the lens of food and cities British architect and author Carolyn Steel poses burning questions about value and progress, illuminating the obscure (and sometimes outright stupid) systems that we’ve put in place to live life better. For Carolyn, how we’ll eat in the future is really a matter of how we want to live and in this keynote presentation she’ll take us on a journey through the many ways in which food has and could shape our cities and societies.

Carolyn Steel is a leading thinker on food and cities. She is the author of the award-winning Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives and Sitopia: How Food Can Save the World. Her concept of Sitopia, or food-place (from the Greek sitos, food + topos, place), has gained broad recognition across a wide range of fields in design, ecology, academia and the arts.

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7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

THE PARTY

The Party to bring your friends to and enjoy refreshments, food, dancing, boule and an overall awesome night.

Yes, people. We couldn’t have The Conference 2022 without a good party!

This is your chance to dance and rub shoulders with all the great people and speakers you’ve met during the first day. It’s what The Conference pros refer to as the most important session of them all. And we wouldn’t necessarily disagree – because after all, we’re also of the belief that life’s about people (and the magic that occurs when you encourage them to spend time in each other’s company while some suave DJ spins the hell out of some carefully selected records).

Everyone’s welcome. The Conference participant or not. So bring your friends and join us at Boulebar Folkets Park for some refreshments, food, dancing, boule and an overall awesome night.

DJ: Oyuki Matsumoto

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Wednesday August 24, 2022

8:30 am - 9:30 am

MORNING COFFEE

Start the morning off with a cup of coffee, breakfast and installations to fuel up for the second day.

Let’s start the morning with a cup (or two) of coffee and breakfast to fuel up for the second day of our explorative journey.

Psst, it's also a great time to explore the happenings and installations around the venue.

Let’s start the morning with a cup (or two) of coffee and breakfast to fuel up for the second day of our explorative journey.

Psst, it's also a great time to explore the happenings and installations around the venue.

What You'll Learn

  • You snooze, you loose
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8:30 am - 9:30 am

WORKSHOP: CREATING REGENERATIVE INNOVATIONS

Location: The City 2035

How can we learn from the innovative regenerative systems found in the natural world to save life on this planet?

Humanity depends on nature for the very building blocks of life itself – food, air, water, livelihood – yet our systems strip nature on a daily basis of the ability to provide. The toll is now unsustainable. Let’s try a new approach.

During this workshop we will dive deep into the concept of regeneration. We’ll look at how others have done it, co-create new solutions and discuss how we can create the future that we so badly need.

To begin tackling the immediate changes required, we will design new business models that go beyond sustainability, and become truly regenerative. Surviving and thriving, people, planet, and business together. That is the regenerative future, and it begins now.

FACILITATORS: Lisa Lindström (CEO EY Doberman) and Tove Blomgren (Creative Director, SALLY EY Doberman)

What You'll Learn

  • • Learn more about regenerative solutions and how they are the key to solving the challenges that lie ahead.
  • • Design new innovations and business models that you can take home and develop further.
  • • Get inspired!
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9:30 am - 10:30 am

THE ENVIRONMENT IS NOT A SYSTEM

Location: The Anthill

Breaking free from reductive metaphors of technological thought.

How do computational technologies shape how we think about nature? And how could ecological thinking add to the perspectives offered by science and technology?

In recent years we’ve seen a surge in calls for more “systems” thinking. Rightfully so given the grand challenges humanity is facing, but what is a system really and what images does the word make our brain fire in our imagination?

Our speaker for this session is Tega Brain. An Australian-born artist and environmental engineer whose work examines issues of ecology, data systems and infrastructure. She has created wireless networks that respond to natural phenomena, systems for obfuscating fitness data, and an online smell-based dating service (!).

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm

(NATURAL) INTELLIGENCE

Location: The Eclipse

What can we learn from nature’s millions of years of innovating and adopting just fine?

While “artificial intelligence”, with its novelty, scale and efficiency is on everyone’s mind, could “natural inteIligence”, with its unprecedented long record of successful R&D, offer an additional perspective on innovation – one of longevity and true regeneration?

While we tend to computers to amplify our intelligence and capacity, it’s easy to ignore the very intelligent ways of life itself. Following both the logic and irrationality of nature itself instead of trying to map it into common technological narratives of innovation, provides new answers to old problems.

What would nature say if it had a vote in your next board meeting? How is it that something so seemingly simple as slime, has proven so hard to mimic artificially?

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm

SYSTEMS THINKING AS A METHOD

Location: The Mush Room

Approaching complex problems with mental models.

In approaching a complex system, metaphors and mental models are useful tools for acquiring entry points and seeing the scope of the system. For this session we are exploring methods for understanding planetary systems, corporate collaboration to address grand challenges and so on. It’s fascinating how circles, layered cakes and charts can be enlightening at the level of epiphany.

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

LUNCH

Enjoy a vegan lunch, explore installations and listen to interview with Victor Galaz (Stockholm Resilience Centre).

Lunch is very much included in your The Conference ticket. So is coffee. And snacks. And breakfast. You shall not go hungry!

All food and snacks at The Conference are vegan and prepared by the great chefs at Slagthuset. If you have any special diet requirements or allergies make sure to let us know -> theconference@mediaevolution.se.

During lunch time you'll have plenty of time to mingle, and try out the different installments and experiences around the venue. It will be a universe of its own.

At 12.20 there's an interview about planetary boundaries with Victor Galaz (Stockholm Resilience Centre) at The Conversation.

More info
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

LUNCH WITH NEW FRIENDS

Spice up the lunch hour and opt in for a conference version of a poly blind date.

You will all get lunch! It's included in your The Conference ticket and it's both delicious and vegan. So you don't have to register for having lunch.

BUT if you feel like spicing up the lunch hour and enjoy your meal with a bunch of other conference goers you haven’t met before, then sign up for lunch with new friends and we will mix and match and decide with whom you be eating :)

That’s that, you won’t know with whom you’ll be having lunch with until it’s lunch time. A soft take on Russian roulette and a much appreciated The Conference classic.

More info
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

(ARTIFICIAL) INTELLIGENCE

Location: The Eclipse

To understand machine intelligence, we must understand the people, systems and cultures creating it.

Whereas the idea of artificial general intelligence is speculative, AI systems are already shaping our lives and societies. Today, algorithms control the route we travel, decide what we listen to, organize our photos, analyze our medical records, and define the salary for contract workers paddling through the rain to deliver our evening pizza. It may still be a faint whisper of a possibility, but whispers can build into winds and take the world by storm.

In this session, we’ll listen to the whisper and let ourselves become the storm, as we acknowledge that artificial intelligence exists in a circular relationship with its human creators: so to understand machine intelligence, we must understand the people, systems, and cultures creating it. We aim to leave you with questions about human agency and individuality -- and allow for a billion intelligences to bloom.

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1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

HOW TO ORGANISE INNOVATION

Location: The Mush Room

New ways for nations, companies and individuals to improve the world.

In a time when it feels like we are innovating for innovation’s sake, how we frame the question that needs to be answered, and the context for its outcome is of utmost importance.

This session will look into how nations (in this case Sweden) can scope problems more holistically and how companies can learn to handle uncertainty.

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2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

GET TOGETHER WITH WEB3

Location: The Eclipse

An intro to Web 3 and radical experiments with decision making, governance, and finance.

Few topics divide the waters as much as blockchain technologies. On one side, we have hordes of true believers, spanning from the ultra-left to the extreme right. And on the other side, we have the critics who shake their heads from the computational incapabilities, financial speculation, and rising environmental cost.

In this session, we get together to talk about web3, not to pick sides but to reflect on the thinking behind the technologies. We start the session with a layman’s introduction, aiming to demystify the jargon we hear thrown around. From there, we explore how web3 thinking inspires new ways of organizing innovation and communities online through radical experiments with decision making, governance, and finance.

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2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

STORIES THAT SHAPE THE FUTURE

Location: The Mush Room

How does one go about to write and tell stories that shape our understanding of the future?

Storytelling and speculation bears tremendous power in influencing our imageries and actions towards the future. Who's shaping how we perceive the future, what does history (who’s history?) have to do with it – and how does one go about to write and tell stories that shape our understanding of the future, or futures? This session will be an hour on speculation, futurism and its unexpected side effects.

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3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

SNACK TIME!

Featuring an interview with Christina Agapakis (Ginkgo Bioworks) at The Conversation.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

ENDINGS AND NEW BEGINNINGS

Location: The Anthill

When ash makes soil fertile.

Magnus Nilsson is an author and food philosopher –he’s an apple grower, the Director of MAD Academy, co-chair of Food Planet Prize and the former head chef of the much acclaimed restaurant Fäviken.

With Fäviken, the internationally acclaimed, remote fine-dining restaurant in the heart of the Swedish forest, Magnus Nilsson made a name for himself through foraging, hunting, refining and caring for whatever ingredients to be found in the wilderness, a sometimes outright harsh environment. He’s been vocal about sustainability in the industry and after closing down Fäviken he’s been taking on multiple challenges to actively bring about positive change – both as the Academy Director of MAD Academy and as the co-chair of Food Planet Prize.

Magnus also runs an orchard in northern Skåne, a passion with a steep learning curve which has proven to be quite a challenge. At The Conference Magnus will share learnings from different stages of his career, a talk about endings and new beginnings.

Magnus Nilsson was featured in the very first season of Netflix's blockbuster show "Chef's table".

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5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

THE FRUITY FINALE

A bubbly beverage to finish off two days of mind aching and friends making.