This podcast, Heroes of Futurism, is about the future and how to create it;
what opportunities exist, what ideas are worth thinking about and how you can begin to design the future that you want.
I chat with Rowan Belchers of The CEO Project about some of the keys of future-orientated leadership. If you are a CEO or somebody in a senior leadership position - this one is for you.
45 min 10 sec
In this episode of the podcast I chat to the founders of a South African drinks company who have created a world first gin innovation in under 4 months during a nationwide lockdown. Their new gin is now in stores and they’re daring you to try it.
43 min 28 sec
This week on the podcast I explore the future of investing with Simon Brown who is a well-known South African market commentator and owner of the financial education platform Just One Lap. We chat about ESG, Oatly, what’s happening to the South African economy and what opportunities exist for startups at this time.
This is how a small, South African sports brand is building a cult following at home and abroad. Billy Harker - the co-founder of the successful South African sports apparel brand, Funky Pants, shares just some of the ways he has built their family business from scratch, which is now challenging the likes of Nike in South Africa. In this episode - we hear just how he did it.
54 min 47 sec
The retail industry in South Africa has gone through some radical changes and now faces an uncertain future; with many of the country's biggest brands going into business rescue and small retailers struggling to survive. Against this bleak backdrop, what does the future of retail in South Africa look like?
49 min 45 sec
In this episode of the podcast - I chat with Susan about scenario planning and outline why proper scenario planning workshops, that are facilitated by a professional, are so valuable for business at this challenging time. If you need an online facilitator to help with your company's scenario planning - https://cherryflava.com/scenario-planning-for-the-futures-of-your-organisation/
27 min 25 sec
How do you go about uncovering your very own personal brand? Here's a step-by-step guide to start thinking about it. For more detail, check out: https://cherryflava.com/how-to-define-your-personal-brand/
36 min 5 sec
What are the positive things that may come out of the #covid_19 experience? Susan and I chat about some of the good things to come out of living through a lockdown.
34 min 6 sec
In this podcast I chat to Susan about business opportunities in South Africa that are worth having a look at in 2020. What are the growth areas worth considering for both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs working in a big companies. Links: China host its 2nd ever import expo - https://cherryflava.com/china-hosts-its-second-import-expo-and-opens-their-market-to-the-world/ 7 innovation-focus areas that offer significant potential to South African business in 2020 - https://cherryflava.com/7-sectors-south-africa-should-be-focusing-on-for-the-future/ 9 South African small business opportunities in 2020 - https://cherryflava.com/9-south-african-small-business-opportunities-for-2020/ South Africa has a major opportunity in high-value agriculture - https://cherryflava.com/south-africa-has-a-major-opportunity-in-high-value-agriculture/
33 min 35 sec
I interview Professor Philip Spies professor emeritus, and past director of the Institute for Futures Research, University of Stellenbosch. He is currently a wine farmer, consultant in futures studies, and part-time lecturer in the principles of futures studies at the University of Stellenbosch. Prof Spies has a wealth of wisdom when it comes to the practical application of futures thinking and I was lucky enough to have a chat to him on his farm in Wellington. This podcast is part 2 of a 2 part episode.
26 min 4 sec
I interview Professor Philip Spies professor emeritus, and past director of the Institute for Futures Research at the University of Stellenbosch. He is currently a wine farmer, consultant in futures studies, and part-time lecturer in the principles of futures studies at the University of Stellenbosch. Prof Spies has a wealth of wisdom when it comes to the practical application of futures thinking and I was lucky enough to have a chat to him on his farm in Wellington. This podcast is part 1 of a 2 part episode.
29 min 12 sec
Susan and I chat about happiness - what is it, why do we all want it so much and what is the future of happiness. Links for the show include: https://worldhappiness.report/ed/2019/ https://www.theschooloflife.com/ https://www.brainpickings.org/ https://www.theguardian.com/world/philosophy http://geldofcs.nl/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/The_importance_of_a_certain_slowness.pdf
36 min 33 sec
In this week’s show I chat to ad industry veteran Alexis Beckett about the future of advertising in South Africa. Alexis has worked as a senior creative director at some of the countries biggest agencies and on ads that we will all recognise and has now decided to cut the strings and go freelance. This was our chat in a car, on a very warm Cape Town afternoon.
30 min 14 sec
In this week’s episode I chat to Susan about subcultures and how they end up influencing larger consumer trends over time. Are subcultures dead or have they just modernised along with media and our complex, always-on lifestyles?
26 min 39 sec
Today on the podcast I interview US futurist Peter von Stackleberg and explore the future of storytelling, the power of building imaginary future worlds and a strategic business tool and what skill your 16-year-old kid should be developing to thrive in the future.
37 min 6 sec
This week on the podcast I chat to Susan Searle about the future of the clothing industry in South Africa. Amongst other things we talk about the social disruption that has put some many retailers around the world under extreme financial pressure and is set to have an impact in South Africa in the near future
28 min 48 sec
Dr Tom Lombardo is the Executive Director of the Center for Future Consciousness in the United States, the Managing Editor of the online journal Wisdom and the Future, and Professor Emeritus and retired Faculty Chair of Psychology, Philosophy, and the Future at Rio Salado College, Tempe, Arizona. He is an Executive Board member and Fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation, a special honour given to members who have made a globally recognised original contribution to futures studies. He has published eight books and over fifty articles, and given an equal number of national and international presentations covering such topics as the future of education; utopian and dystopian futurist thought; wisdom and character virtues; the evolution of science fiction; the future evolution of consciousness; contemporary theories of the future; and the heightening of future consciousness. I spent some time chatting to Dr Lombardo about how people can think more creatively about the future.
39 min 18 sec
Is the future designable and how? If so, what advice then do we have for a 16-year-old kid looking at the future with a sense of fear and anxiety as to what they should be doing.
28 min 23 sec
“Should you set goals and have strategic plans as a romantic couple?’ If big companies can have a strategy, why can’t you have one for your personal relationship?
27 min 47 sec
In this episode of the Heroes of Futurism, Susan and I chat about her recent trip to Copenhagen and how the city brands itself to be a future-fit city for commerce and tourism.
27 min 36 sec
Sources of inspiration for innovation. What are your favourite / most useful sources of inspiration for innovation? What websites, magazines, books, YouTube channels, podcasts to you scan regularly that give you the information you need to inspire your own innovation projects? Susan and I discuss our methods of scanning for inspiration in the second episode of Heroes of Futurism.
25 min 17 sec