Monika Bielskyte

Innovative Futurist and Founder of Protopia Futures.

Language:

English

Who is Monika Bielskyte?

Monika Bielskyte is a renowned futurist and speculative designer known for her inclusive and realistic approach to future visions. Founder of @ProtopiaFutures, she challenges both dystopian and utopian deterministic narratives, instead proposing truly inclusive and livable futures. Her futurism is anchored in informed hope, based on complex human and environmental contextual realities, moving away from one-size-fits-all tech solutions prone to short-term hype cycles and rapid obsolescence. Monika has worked as a speaker and advisor for major tech companies, the media industry, cities, governments, and NGOs.

What are her conferences like?

Monika Bielskyte’s conferences uniquely blend science, technology, social issues, and geopolitics with a creative approach that makes future literacy more accessible and compelling for both industry and general audiences. Her talks not only explore the promises and perils of innovation but also address how the increasingly blurred boundaries between the digital and physical worlds are becoming weaponized. Monika excels at transforming complex topics into practical and relevant lessons, fostering resilience against disinformation and alienation.

What is her trajectory?

Born in the Soviet Union and raised in newly liberated Lithuania, Monika Bielskyte has led a nomadic life for over a decade, traveling through more than 100 countries and learning from leaders and citizens of diverse backgrounds. She currently resides in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her work in Hollywood includes futurist consultancy for Disney / Marvel’s "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever." Monika has also lectured at prestigious academic and research institutions such as CERN and the Royal College of Arts.

Conference Selection:

Innovation and Strategy in the Digital Age

Monika explores how technological innovation is transforming business strategies. With concrete examples and case studies, she offers a critical view of the opportunities and challenges in the digital age, highlighting the importance of a human and sustainable approach.

Inclusive Future: Beyond Techno-Solutionism

In this talk, Monika argues against simplistic techno-solutionism and advocates for future visions that are inclusive and adaptable to diverse cultural and social realities. She emphasizes the need to integrate marginalized perspectives to build a more equitable and resilient future.

The Power of Narrative in Shaping Futures

Monika discusses how science fiction narratives can influence our visions of the future and how these can be applied in real life to foster more accessible and comprehensible future conversations. She focuses on speculative design as a tool for social change.

Immersive Technologies: Promises and Perils

Analyzing technologies such as generative AI and virtual reality, Monika presents an in-depth analysis of the promises and dangers of these innovations. She examines how these technologies can be used for the common good and what the associated risks are.

Economic Regeneration and Compassionate Futures

Monika presents a vision of regenerative economies that promote interdependence and compassion. She explains how a transcultural and interdisciplinary approach can lead to sustainable and equitable economic development.

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