#InnovatorsMeetup In Review – Secrets from Elite Futurists to Discover Your Next Move

Discover Your Next Move from the Secrets of Elite Futurists Recap

Innovator Teresa Spangler, CEO of Plazabridge Group facilitated a powerful discussion on how futurists predict trends at our most recent #innovatorsmeetup.

First, she explained what futurists do. They look at data to discern trends to predict the future. Data comes in all forms. They try to make connections that others don’t see. And, yes, sometimes they get it wrong.

Teresa shared projects she and her team were working on, including patent for using spinach as a bomb detector – Yes, there is a whole body of work on plant-based science for security.



Two popular topics were around:

  1. Biohacking. With all the health apps tracking your every more, there is a hot trend in optimizing your health based on all that data.

2) Glade Museum of Feelings, which is a museum in NYC that allow visitors to experience the feelings created by scent

She shared 3 tips for attendees to use, to channel their inner futurist to make their next move.

1- Watch demographic trends – an aging population and growth and transformation in under-developed countries

2- Consume as much information as you can outside your normal expertise – read, watch and skim to help find unrelated connections

3- Always be curious. Discovery happens when we constantly ask questions and seek to understand.

Join us for our next event, which will feature Interactive Innovator Chuck Rinker who will give us Reality Check – The Future of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality. A panel of “reality experts” will be there to show and tell the latest in reality tech and help you decide if it is right for you. We will continue the online engagement as well, so look out for hashtag #innovatorsmeetup to get involved regardless of your geography.

Thanks to Nicklepoint Brewery for hosting our Carolinas Innovators & Design Thinkers Meetup. It was a great space to see the future.



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K. Melissa Kennedy

Chief Innovation Officer, Founder, Intrapreneur. Entrepreneur. Enthusiastic leader and speaker. Teller of truths at 48 Innovate
I spent many years working for and building successful companies. I parlayed that experience into a unique process for harnessing hidden assets inside organizations and turning them into big-idea-generating, $1-billion-revenue-producing resources. (Spoiler alert: it’s the people.) I'm an internationally acclaimed expert, happy to share the not-so-secrets that have led to impressive outcomes for Fortune 100 corporations, major educational institutions, start-up companies and entrepreneurs. Working with companies like Cisco, Lancope, Arby's, Capitol Broadcasting Company New Media - WRAL, PRSONAS, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog, REVO Communications, Erno Group, Focus Carolina, Madan Global, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, INZONE Brands, Albright Digital, Spring Metrics and NC State Kenan Fellows.

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