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September 2013

Welcome to FutureFest2013

Interested in the future? Which future would that be then? Every choice, every step, every sentence and every move you make impacts the future. On whose future? Well, yours for a start. Not to mention everybody else’s around you. The future changes every second and there are millions of billions of possible futures mapped out ahead - so pick one, because it’s down to you to make it happen! On 28-29 September (start date 2013) a team of futurologists, scientists, philosophers, journalists, pioneers, teachers and presenters gathered at Nesta’s FutureFestevent to put forward their take on what the future might bring. The fantastic thing about FutureFestwas that it didn’t matter which title, job or position you were in: all ideas were welcome from whichever industry - however eccentric they may be! We are all Get in touch! Take a look at our website or to contact us directly email the team at

inventors, creators and innovators and the responsibility of our global future is in our hands. FutureFestoozed elasticity and perfectly personified our responsibilities as human beings. With a hub full of eyes on centre stage, forums on a host of scorching topics and a basement filled to the brim with ideas, experiments and prototypes, Shoreditch Town Hall was literally buzzing! Burning2Learn reporters Alex Burnett and Maria Peters have put together a snapshot of the two-day event as a taster of what went on. The team’s aim was to plug the messages from the forward thinkers at FutureFestback into the classroom in the 2013-2014 school year. Speaker videos, podcasts and blogs from the event can be found at www.futurefest.org. So be ready, your future starts today! www.burning2learn.co.uk schools@burning2learn.co.uk

Contents In the imaginarium




The value of everything


We are all gardeners now


The Gastrodrome


Burning2Learn MD Alan Dean (far right) was thrilled to invite Philip Koenig (far left) to become part of the team. Philip’s support at FutureFesthas helped us develop triple sustainability within the Burning2Learn programmes. Thank you Philip!


What would you do with a blank canvas? We all know that going to work can feel a bit samey sometimes. Sure, you may love your job - you may be doing it just to pay the mortgage - or maybe you’re taking the time to build skills that will help you move up on the industry’s ladder; whatever it is that you do at one stage or another we all go through that melancholic ‘stuck on the conveyor belt’ feeling. But what if you didn’t? What if you worked in a place where imagination and creativity were the company’s only mantra? What if you worked in a place where ideas become experiments, where failures take you one step closer to your goal and where exceptional is every day? Imagine what you could do with a blank canvas every morning as your brief. Imagine having a totally free platform to showcase your own ideas; the ones that have always been in the back of your mind but have never really been spoken aloud.

It is FutureEverything Director, Drew Hemment’s, belief that ‘somewhere something incredible is waiting to be known’. Drew takes research out of laboratories and runs festivals that act as ‘living labs’ to prototype future technologies. The brilliance behind Drew’s Manchester born project is in how it so welcomingly provides ‘Constructive spaces to create experiments where serendipity can emerge’. Drew shared how his inspiration was derived from old carnivals that saw social norms turn on their heads: ‘Where a poor boy could be a king’. FutureEverything festivals embrace the buoyancy of a Carnivalesque and bring together interesting people who want to create, explore and, really, have some fun! ‘Festivity is the coming together in what it means to be human.’

Would you ever start your own business? If so, is the freedom and passion that Drew introduced to his workforce something that you would do too?


Will ‘private’ still have a meaning in 2050? FutureEverything bring communities together in digital spaces to experiment with prototypes and open data. New policies and infrastructures have since began to emerge from the company’s festivals, as Drew states: ‘The future is what we make’. Chattr is an example of one of FutureEverything’s prototypes in surveillance technology: A group of people signed up to an experiment which involved having their conversations recorded and uploaded online. The people involved were granted access to an exclusive lounge, and lots of other little perks, but if they wanted to access their conversations (via Chattr) they must first give away their own private data – and that’s exactly how social networks work! The interesting query that Drew then went onto put forward was, ‘How far will it go? This is like kissing while being watched.’ Google Maps is a great example of how powerful surveillance technology can be. Each camera’s purpose is to record their designated routes. On occasion, the cameras accidentally catch images of things that happen in day to day life that aren’t related to geographical locations. The danger is, once these images are captured, they are captured for good.

They are then out in the open for anybody to stumble across! Similarly, Drew then demonstrated the extreme impact that surveillance devices can have - and are likely to continue having in the future: A transparency grenade has been developed that is a fully functioning surveillance device. Imagine going to work with this device in your suitcase: if you were in a meeting and you heard something and you thought - actually, the public should know about this - pull the pin and the grenade will instantly publish everything on every single screen! Is that right? Should anybody have that power? Drew was right when he said ‘the future is what we make’. Can we really know what life will be like in 2050? Will private conversations even exist? He left us with this thought: ‘The future is here, it’s just not evenly distributed.’

If the future is what we make it, what are you going to do with yours?

We become unnoticing! ‘Social networks are bad, apparently.’ Some people feel very negatively about social networking - they have really ‘negative vibes’ and a lot of people much prefer the old ways: ‘The old ways? What, of children in chimneys?’ Comedian Robin Ince shifted FutureFestup a gear as he urged his audience to live fuller!

‘He (Charles Darwin), to me, is a lesson of how we move into the future. When asked, ‘What gives you that edge?’ Darwin’s response was to simply say; ‘I believe that I am better than others at noticing things’. Robin believes that this skill is imperative: ‘This is what we need to do. We need to notice things, we need to be alert.’

He first looked at the way we treat people via social networks and reinforced the fact that, ‘It is actually a direct interaction with another human being’. Social networks should be used as a platform to learn and to notice things. For Robin, it’s important that we make the most of the phenomenal networks around us:

Robin urged his audience to read books about the Victorians and how often they visited the graveyard. For a Victorian child, if they overcame bitterly young childbirth, leprosy, pneumonia and starvation with enough energy left to make it into adulthood they would just about ‘give it a good go’ at life. But now that we have the possibility to live a full life we should use it properly and not waste it: ‘We shouldn’t wait for the catastrophe!’

‘We have to tool ourselves up with as much knowledge as we can. We need to be experts in asking questions!’ Furthermore, he then used Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection to emphasise a skill that we need to develop:

‘Have fun but also think of all the other things you can do. It makes the world so much more exciting to be interesting!’


‘Where are the flying cars? Where is the food in pill form?!’ The post space race generation had a vision of the world. What did Robin Ince do with that vision? He stepped onto the stage with his brilliantly improvised speech and opened our eyes. We have ‘An archive of millions of people’s nostalgia’ quite literally - you can see anything from the mid 20th century to right here right now in 2013. You can see William Hartnell’s portrayal as the Doctor in the very first episode of Doctor Who (1963), you can see ‘A speech of Jane Goodall on the behaviour of monkeys,’ and a 1980’s discussion on just about anything - ‘They’re all there!’ You can find out precisely what the Hadron Collider is, and does, and you can even learn how to play a didgeridoo! This immeasurably momentous library is available to us any time all of the time: ‘And this is my fear: that we have become very blazé! We’re just used to the fact that there are 200 TV channels; that if you go into hospital you can have a local anaesthetic... We are offered so much that people are almost instantaneously bored there’s too much! And that’s what worries me.’ Robin perfectly demonstrated how our shift in technology has also been a fundamental cultural shift that impacts our behaviour, our tolerance levels, our intelligence levels and our motivation levels more and more: ‘Even our joys’ - things that we enjoy we turn into work:

‘It’s terrible, I’ve got to go out and buy things that I want with money that I have!’ Robin believes that the future is delivered to us too speedily; so quickly that we just expect it. He reflected on a time where huge groups of people would gather around a television and suddenly all jolt back as a train bullets towards the screen. Where has that thrill, that sensation, gone? ‘Now we just walk into an Apple store and are unhappy that there isn’t anything newer or smaller for us to buy!’ Robin’s effortless comedic enthusiasm lifted the room as his audience lapped up his every word. Now, we’ve got all this cool new stuff - more and more ‘smart’ gizmos and phones and watches every day. So why are we so stressed? Robin used a familiar example, that we can all relate to, to emphasise his message loud and clearly: You can be on a train in Switzerland talking to your Mum on her English phone in South America – ‘which is amazing’ - and then suddenly the train goes through a mountain, your signal drops and now it’s the worst phone you’ve ever brought! You could be talking to anyone, anywhere in the world and then in those thirty seconds that your signal drops – because you’re in a mountain- your world is instantly turned upsidedown and you spend the rest of your day annoyed. ‘You were in a mountain!!!’ – ‘Yeah but, my phone is rubbish...’

Are you becoming unnoticing?

Imagine reading the words ‘pie and chips’ and tasting ice cream... Imaging standing outside the Bank of England, looking up at the sign and tasting Minstrel’s chocolate. When we take a trip to London the only thing we taste is the latte we picked up en route or the meal we sat down to have with our colleague/friends over lunch. For Andrew Stellitano, however, his experience is completely different.

Andrew has a rare neurological condition that occurs once in every 27 people. It is called synesthesia. His synesthesia causes him to taste things without swallowing any food. What’s more, the food that he actually puts in his mouth has either very little or no connection to the tastes that are stimulated in his mouth when he eats them: ‘Eating out in restaurants is a nightmare.’

When Andrew stands outside King’s cross station he can taste rich cheesecake and citrusy marzipan. When a red double-decker passes, it adds a hint of strawberry jam as a tasty sweetener for his pallet. You may think this sounds fun, cool or even enjoyable, but for Andrew this is an every day occurrence - with everything: ‘Whenever I hear something I can taste it. Whenever I write the word, see a car or read a sentence I get a taste in my mouth.’

Andrew’s condition effects his taste, but scientists are using the neurological mapping techniques of his brain to enhance other sense. For example, enabling blind people to see through sound. Really though, can you imagine if you were studying in school and every time you read or heard the words ‘Nelson Mandela’ your taste buds squinted at the fresh taste of rubber and grapes? ‘Mandela tastes like rubber and Nelson tastes of grapes.’

Imagine if you had no way of distinguishing between what you see, taste, touch, hear and smell... ‘Rhubarb is the taste I get when I travel on the underground.’ ‘I hate headlights; headlights give me the taste of marmite.’ ‘Sports language is very, very, fruity and sweet.’ ‘If you give me a horrible, disgusting, slimy oyster my synesthesia converts it into a chocolate taste.’

Is it ‘cool’ or difficult to live with?

WELL-BECOMING Chase your dreams!

The religion of the future ‘There is now need and an occasion for religious revolution.’ American Philosopher, Roberto Unger, put forward his views on the religion of the future. He supported the belief that there is a need to ‘Create meaning in a meaningless cosmos’ and argued that we can do this by ‘Cultivating our abilities to imagine the otherness of other people’. Though his presentation came to Shoreditch through a video call in America, Roberto’s message could not have been put across more clearly or believably:

FutureFestalso gave a hearty Shoreditch roar for third best chef in the world, Andoni Aduriz. Andoni is a fantastic role model for young people all over the world because of his own personal journey. It may seem hard to believe that somebody so successful could have failed every single subject he took at school, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true! When Andoni’s mother sent him away to ‘do something useful’ with his life, he even failed his first year of culinary school! Now, this article isn’t to suggest that you should stop bothering with school because one day you’ll be rich and famous and nobody will care - of course not. But, it is supposed to show you the power of perseverance when you are aiming towards what you are truly passionate about. Chase your dreams, they may come true!

Andoni never stopped. When he failed that first year he could have thrown the towel in, so to speak, but he ‘For over two centuries the world has been on fire didn’t. Andoni did something that no teacher had ever been able to get him to do before. He started to read. as a result of the world wide influence of More and more he studied books on culinary skills struggling with the world. There is a message and started talking to Spanish chefs. At last his throughout humanity that ordinary men and determination was rewarded when he secured a women are not so ordinary after all; they share in position in a kitchen, ‘Where the cool stuff happened,’ the attributes of transcendence.’ as he affectionately put it. He was mentored and trained and with his commitment, his aspiration and his passion Roberto reinforced his view that there is a need for Andoni Aduriz is now internationally recognised as the religious revolution by expressing the role of religion world’s third best chef! in the future of society itself: ‘No structure or way of organising can do justice to our experience. We are compact shaped and yet we are always transcendent against the social orders that we make and inhabit. Listen to what Andoni had to say on Techno cuisine They are finite but there is always more in us than at the FutureFestwebsite. Other presentations can be seen at www.futurefest.org too. there is, or ever can be, in them.’ Roberto explained: ‘We can become more human only by becoming more god like’ which ‘Contradicts the established beliefs and the existing force of social organisations in the world’. Therefore, he was able to conclude that there is ‘A need for religious revolution to allow us to awaken from conformity!’


Is this a view that you would support? Will there even be a need for religion when scientific advances can actual answer the big question?

How do you think the universe began? What should we do if we find out?

Should we be so blazé about trusting industrial giants? As an American journalist writing about architecture, Andrew Blum was surprised to find that he wasn’t actually seeing many buildings! ‘Nobody asked me to go and see buildings, I just sat in front of my laptop screen.’ One day as he was working away: ‘My internet at home broke so I called the cable guy to come and fix it’. Andrew lived several floors up in his building. When he asked the man what the problem was he responded with, ‘There’s a squirrel chewing on your internet cables’. Andrew was amazed! The internet is gigantic, it’s phenomenally powerful and it’s brilliantly complex - and yet one small mischievous squirrel could bring it down: ‘How does that work?’ For Andrew, this changed his world: ‘If a squirrel can chew on mine a squirrel can chew on others. So I followed the wire.’ His internet cables ran along the outside wall into the backyard and Andrew followed the wire even further to see where it began. He followed the wire for two years and it took

him to 50 places - he even visited Google where he was pleased to find that ‘They recognised the value of knowing about how these pieces of the internet connect to each other.’ What struck him was that the company that knows most about us wasn’t willing to let us know anything about them! ‘They gave me a car park tour, basically’.

Do you ever read all 37 pages of T&Cs when you buy an app? Andrew’s presentation reinforced the view that everything online - all the giants like ebay, Google, Facebook etc - feed off all of our own personal data, and yet, we know nothing about them at all! Furthermore, listening to Andrew highlighted the fact that people are becoming more and more blazé about trusting services online - but how much do we really know about them?

THE VALUE OF EVERYTHING Be gloriously wrong! ‘One of the primary drivers of change has been technology: in the 1900’s the washing machine changed the world... In 2013, it’s been a good year to be a rat!’

Nick used an illustration of what NASA once predicted the future would be like to brilliantly emphasise that it’s OK to get things wrong. Do you see any flying cars on your way to school in the morning?

‘NASA got in wrong! And I invite you to be wrong in an interesting way. Be gloriously wrong - glorious and a tiny bit eccentric!’

Nick Harkaway stated that ‘Over the course of the last hundred years there’s been a division and we haven’t talked about the future positively for a while...’ He then demonstrated how we can’t start to think positively about the future by looking at the environment as though we are part of it. Of course, human beings are all different - ‘Is the colour blue that you see the colour blue that I see?’ - but, if you blur the line between individuals what do you get? You get stewardship. ‘Stewardship of the environment is much more important to you if you aren’t singular and if you’re part of the things around you.’


Why not do something nice, just ‘cause? ‘If you add up the number of things people do for free it’s bigger than GDP.’

Wikipedia is a great example of a fully operational gift economy that has been successful.

Why not, then, have a technical platform for this to happen? As company founder, professional actress and model Lily Cole introduced her new social enterprise Impossible and explained the two year process that lead the online gift economy network to where it is today: ‘The idea genuinely infected me - I kept questioning why I couldn’t see this happening on any other scale.’

Though Impossible is still in incredibly early days, Lily and her team are already seeing fantastic results. First of all, Lily made the online social business exclusive to Cambridge University students only. She contacted them via email and invited them to a practical demonstration of what Impossible was trying to achieve. Lily then posted: ‘I would love to borrow a blanket’ and she immediately received two responses. They exchanged emails that evening and the two people who had offered blankets came to the event on the school grounds the next day. Lily and her team invited students from the university to come and attach their own wishes to a ‘wish’ tree. Social connections were made and Lily even fulfilled one student’s wish by teaching him how to dance. Lily expressed how she feels moving forward in this venture and stated:

A gift economy isn’t trading or bartering, it’s about doing something to help somebody else - because you can: ‘I’ll do something for A, they will do something for B, B will do something for C and maybe D will do something for me, maybe. But there is no guarantee. You might want to just do something good!’ Now imagine that concept spread out. Imagine a global gift economy where your school teacher lends their car to young drivers at the weekend, or where the life guard from the leisure centre up the road does your nan’s weekly shop in the winter. Imagine the people you could meet, the people you could help.


‘It’s important to me that it is a business because it’s a more sustainable structure.’ After her presentation, Lily opened the floor to FutureFestand was challenged by a participant that questioned, ‘Aren’t you worried about isolating people who aren’t technologically minded?‘ Lily’s response was to simply point out that ‘By not doing it for that reason you’d be excluding everyone.’ Impossible will have an app and a website so that users don’t have to have a smart phone to access it. So watch this space as Lily Cole endeavors to build her futuristic social business!

Ethical or not? What would your response be? How can a man who has no legs be seen to have an unfair advantage against a man with two fully functional legs? Dr. Bertolt Meyer of Zurich University showed FutureFesthow technology shapes the look of disability in the modern world. Having had his first prosthetic device fitted at the tender age three, Bertolt spoke openly from his own experiences and discussed the ethical responsibilities that come with these types of advancement. Bertolt was born without the use of his lower left hand due to a condition that occurs every once in a thousand births. He now embodies the use of a prosthetic, which only being released in May, is an incredibly new product – the artificial limb costs a staggering $50,000! Now, as impressive or indeed as ‘cool’ as it may seem to see a man who can rotate his left hand 360 degrees around, it’s easy to not realise that he is also a man with an extremely rare and severe condition. To begin with, Bertolt was seen as an outsider: ‘I tried to hide my arm as I felt inferior’. But as technology advanced and he was able to use more modern devices people’s reactions have changed from, ‘Oh you poor person’ to ‘Oh cool, can I get one Mum?!’

‘I’m no longer seen as incompetent... It has given me a sense of confidence... It’s changed how I personally perceive my being different.’ It is of course important to be positive in recognising the success that devices like Bertolt’s can bring. Plastic kidneys that aren’t rejected by the body and nano particles that have the ability to bind oxygen have now been developed, and they can and will save lives. But who will pay for them? At $2,600,000 for an artificial heart and $754,000 for a Liver, would your family be able to afford it? It is extraordinary how these devices have been made. A pair of glasses have now been developed with cameras and a transmitter attached: The camera picks up an image of what’s ahead then the image is transmitted into the back of the mind and allows the blind person to see. They are extraordinary, but what about those of us who don’t have a spare million tucked under our pillowcase? Bertolt shared a true story of a 14 year old boy who was forced to turn himself into a business man to pay for the device he needed. The boy offered to advertise company logos on his arm if they would agree to fund his artificial replacement. Is that fair on somebody who is in need?

How would you respond to this? Is it right to put an electronic chip into a rat’s brain (healthy or unhealthy)? You would create a ‘super rat’ with a 70% better memory capacity than all other rats. But should we give them a kick start in the food chain? Or are we playing God?

Should people volunteer for amputation on a limb that already works? If these artificial body parts become easily available to us, what’s to stop us from chopping off a healthy limb to replace it with a more functional one? Is this natural? Or will it give an unfair advantage?

We are all gardeners now Are you following the right trail? Founder of Skype, Jaan Tallinn, introduced FutureFestto the technology tree and revealed that the ‘Future is sensitive to the timing and order in which new technologies are introduced: The hot air balloon was invented in France 1782 - but in Rome 82AD they also had the same idea!’ Though Jaan took us through his team’s story on how long distance digital communication programme, Skype, was created- we were also interested in what he had learned along the way. He stated: ‘New always leads on existing... Skype was enabled through Kazaar (laptops with broadband internet) when 2003 was the first year that laptops surpassed desktops in sales’. Jaan then added that it is important to do things for the right reasons: ‘Don’t be amoeba. Tech developers are like amoeba following the trails of money. Money, social signals and expert consensus may tell you one thing - but this is often wrong.’ Jaan was talking from personal experience in this statement as he explained how expert consensus had said that Skype was a toy: ‘Skype “brought a knife to gun fights” and experts did not believe in Skype’. Do you think the experts got it right? The success of For more talks, visit www.futurefest.org.


Skype suggests not, as Jaan highlights: ‘Following experts is less useful than we might think and popular opinions are just as vulnerable.’ In addition, Jaan also talked about the moving motivators of the population: ‘If you ask people how long they expect to live they will got to the average life expectancy which is based on numbers of people millions of years ago - but the economy is controlled by laws of physics.’ Jaan then stated that we must have positive impact in what we do: ‘Look behind the incentives, look where they are leading you - which trail should you follow?’ ‘People rarely succeed unless less they have fun in what they are doing.’ As he concluded, Jaan shared images of his team having fun in the office, at lunch and in the evenings together - they looked more like a family than a workforce! But what struck us the most was how easily Jaan was able to say: ‘The net effect of Skype in the world has been positive.’ Why do you think that was? ‘Be humble in a technical sense, not socially; and to be humble is to take specific actions in anticipation of your own future errors.’

Will we have gardens in the future? Our climate in 2100

‘City summers will be long and unforgivably hot, but climate change is about much more than just the weather: it is a change in the social climate, the political climate and in the moral climate.’ FutureFestmoved towards a greener atmosphere as the audience listened to one possible state of our climate by the year 2100. This is a deeply concerning matter; if we continue to neglect the environment in the ways that we already do, changes will not just be ‘two degrees higher temperatures in the summer’ - they will in fact be that of extreme weather conditions and rising sea levels. Marek Kohn approached quite a concerning topic in an admirably positive manner as he insisted that climate change does not have to be a pessimistic taboo subject. He revealed that for sea levels to become as high as they are in this image suggests that our existing Thames barriers aren’t strong enough to do the job - which of course is not the case! ‘Even if they raise by a metre it won’t be until the end of the century.’ The changing weather can result in, as Marek believed, ‘British weather becoming the envy of the world.’ As Marek spoke, his audience began to understand the importance of working in communities and appreciating those around us. The ‘quality of life’ is influenced heavily by those around us in ‘relationships of all scales’. Alongside this, working together is a necessary aspect for progression. This is evident, as Marek demonstrated through the relationship between Britain and the rest of the world. He argued that though we may wish to keep this idea of being an island that’s independent from other countries, this might not be plausible anymore. Ben Hammersley’s later supported this view with his interesting comment: ‘Why not be patriotic to groups of people, not clumps of soil?’

How do you think buildings will change in the future under the threat of rising sea levels? Will we have to rediscover the terrace? Or will spacious suburbia survive through to 2100?

A social scientist would look at this topic from a sociological viewpoint here. Marek argued that a sense of agency is needed; communities must work together and political structures need to be made stable. Otherwise, as sociologist Emilé Durkheim’s idea suggests, anomie creates confusion and chaos. ‘Climate change will make Britain like it is today, only more so.’


THE GASTRODOME It’s the year 2050 and insects have officially been on the menu for 37 years! FutureFeststepped through time as The Gastrodome explored what’s on offer! Dr Morgaine Gaye welcomed a helping of guests into their future as she introduced three start ups and an organisation that were futuristic in flavour and forward thinking in thirst!


The Oxford Martin School Did you know that if you watch TV whilst you are eating you actually eat 15% more food? Food also tastes much better when you concentrate on it; all five of our senses play a massive part in our tasting experience. 2050 has been a great culinary success for The Oxford Martin School as they have a course for every sense! Now, I understand that you’re not from around here? Well, picture this: You’re sitting down at a restaurant and plugging your headphones into a specialised sea food plate that plays the sound of gulls and waves in the background as you eat. Then suddenly you start to smell the salt in the air and feel the wind in your face. Imagine that. You would even have a switch that allows you to select how many gulls fly over which ear. We’ve also got self-service menus too. Imagine the restaurant menu being projected onto your table. You can see exactly what eat choice looks like and you can select and order it through touch screen technology at your seat! These ideas were created by the Oxford Martin School, 2013.

Blanch and Shock The fermentors to top all fermentors! Apparently, 1/3 of domestic food was thrown away in 2013 - no wonder they started eating bugs! Blanch and Shock are different from most modern day food manufacturers as they are making ferments. Their work is a fantastic demonstration of why we should encourage the reversal of the notion that all bacteria are bad. People used to think that skin should be completely sterile all the time - they didn’t even realise that some bacteria is actually good for us! By nature, ferments are usually perceptively sour, but this is not always the case. Blanch and Shock have been working on rendering the toxicity of some food substances obsolete through fermenting. The beautiful thing, however, is that although the sugars separate into layers and can be incredibly sour, they can be brought back to life once they are fed. So it’s a cycle. Maybe this is the way forward as we look ahead into 2100!

Does the colour of the plate you eat from change the way your food tastes? Ento

The Curious Confectioner

In 2013 you knew it as the ‘Big Mac’, nowadays we call it the Bug Mac! Fantastically high in protein, enormously low in fat and environmentally sound - can you say healthier than that? Back in 2013, Ento was a start up business whose delicious delicacies had only just begun. But they were very popular in those early days and their insect fine dining had successfully nourished over 100 people! Today, they are of course an every day seasonal snack!

2013 was a big year on sustainablilty. People always think about the environment, climate change and the economy - but do as many people think about sustainable food production? The Curious Confectioner showed us that smaller things are sometimes the most influential in life. For example, systems that grow food locally can minimalise transport distances. Then there’s the cubed melon. This solved a huge, but very simple, problem of over production; changing the shape of a typically round melon to a large cube shape started a craze - then suddenly consumer demand boomed.

Can you think of any other edible art?

Similarly, there was the Buddha Pear: they were a massive hit in the East. Simply by manipulating the physicality of the food, pears became popular again. Even edible food that doesn’t look edible catches on because it is different and it stands out. Google it - you’ll see exactly what they were talking about!


Just because ‘we can’ do it, that doesn’t mean to say that we should! Why not be patriotic to people instead of clumps of soil? The year 2023 will be 1024 times stranger than today! Imagine rubbing out all the border lines on a map... No regrets or learn from your mistakes? Power of flight or invisibility cloak? Is insect grub the future of food? Will we have gardens in 2100? More of this or less of that?

The BBC are developing audio software that will allow users to select more specifically what they to hear. All of these questions were brought to by FutureFestspeakers and the ‘Hold hands lock horns’ experience run by Non zero one.

Nutrition or taste? God or Google?

Can you name one thing that could happen in front of your eyes that you would insist was magical in origin rather than technological?

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FutureFest 2013 the brain child of Nesta, gave us all a glimpse into the future, 2050. Burning2Learn believe the young will change the wor...

FutureFest 2013  

FutureFest 2013 the brain child of Nesta, gave us all a glimpse into the future, 2050. Burning2Learn believe the young will change the wor...