Future Tense: A Conversation with Madeline Ashby


September 25, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:45 pm



Open To Public

Invitation for all curious minds, leaders, changemakers, and restless explorers: Join us in the fourth episode of ATÖLYE Academy’s Future Tense series taking place on September 25, at 5:00 PM (GMT +3).


Register here.


The fourth event of the series is featuring Madeline Ashby, a futurist and science-fiction writer based in Toronto. Using common cognitive distortions, Madeline will talk about how we envision future scenarios to our benefit and detriment. She will discuss how we can avoid falling into self-limiting patterns and embrace a growth mindset when imagining the future.


After Madeline’s presentation, participants will be invited to discuss certain topics shared within the narrative in smaller breakout rooms. Resulting insights from individual circles will be debriefed and collectively captured to frame informed conversations.


The conversation will be hosted by ATÖLYE Co-founder Engin Ayaz and ATÖLYE Academy’s Project Coordinator Deniz Yazıcıoğlu.


About the speaker


Madeline Ashby is a futurist and science fiction writer based in Toronto. She is the author of the Machine Dynasty series, Company Town, multiple short stories, and a contributor to How To Future: Leading and Sensemaking in an Age of Hyper-change. She has worked with Intel Labs, the Institute for the Future, WHO, the WorldBank, the Atlantic Council, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, XPRIZE, and others. She is a member of the XPRIZE Sci-Fi Advisory Council and the ASU Center for Science and the Imagination’s AI Policy Futures group. You can find her at madelineashby.com or on Twitter @madelineashby.”


About the series


We live in chaotic times. Turbulent news washes over us by the minute, preventing us from thinking properly about the long term. Yet now, more than ever, this is the right time to slow down, to reflect and to think deliberately about the long-term future.


Consider yourself the captain of a sailboat in stormy seas. Wouldn’t it be both calming and wise to deliberately take your eyes off choppy, nauseating waters and look into the far horizon? To gain perspective and think about the big tacks you may need to make, alongside the constant trimmings you are obliged to do.


ATÖLYE Academy’s Future Tense Series engages thought leaders from around the world alongside a wider audience, for a collective discourse on pressing topics with a long-term thinking lens.


With Future Tense, we invite thought leaders and edge thinkers from around the world to discuss pressing topics from a foresight perspective. The driving intent is not to take strong stances, but rather explore future tensions, have generative conversations, and allow for a new type of collective intelligence to emerge.


This is an invitation for all curious minds, leaders, changemakers, and restless explorers. We look forward to hosting you.