Future Tense: A Conversation with Dan Hill


May 04, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:45 pm


Open To Public

Future Tense: A Conversation with Dan Hill, Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova


Invitation for all curious minds, leaders, changemakers, and restless explorers: Join us at the second event of ATÖLYE Academy’s Future Tense series taking place on May 4th, at 5:00 PM – 6:45 PM (GMT +3).


On the second event of the series, we are hosting designer and urbanist Dan Hill. Dan will introduce his Medium publication Slowdown Papers—a series of reflections and loose extrapolations dedicated to the early impact of coronavirus and its societal and environmental impacts.


After Dan’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 on the possible futures that await us.


The conversation will be hosted by ATÖLYE Co-founder Engin Ayaz and facilitated by the ATÖLYE Academy team.


About the series


We live in chaotic times. Turbulent news wash 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.


About the guest

Dan Hill is the Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova (the Swedish Government’s innovation agency), visiting Professor at The Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at The Bartlett (University College London’s Faculty of the Built Environment) and also an adjunct Professor at RMIT, and the author of the influential book “Dark Matter & Trojan Horses: A Strategic Design Vocabulary.”


Dan’s previous senior positions range across the built environment, education and research, government and social innovation, and media. Besides working at ARUP, SITRA, BBC, Monocle, and Fabrica, he is also a Visiting Professor at UCL Bartlett Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose in London and an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University in Melbourne and University of Technology Sydney.


Are you interested in exploring what it means to navigate in an “unusual business” environment? Would you like to tap into a hive mind to think about the future in a more generative way? Do you believe you will thrive by listening to others with a willingness to change your stance?


If your answer is “yes,” we invite you to join us!


To prime you in thinking about the long term, please see ATÖLYE’s article “9 Predictions for a post-COVID19 World.”


Who should attend?


  • C-level leadership across all types of organizations
  • Changemakers and innovators
  • Trend analysts, market researchers
  • Policymakers and social scientists
  • Freelancers in the field of creative industries and technology
  • Anyone else with an open mind