Will you thrive or survive in 2036?
As the curator of future thrive at FutureFest 2016, this is the question I hope to help festivalgoers answer by exploring a number of ideas and narratives around what will affect our overall wellbeing and life quality as we go into the future.
The world is increasingly a busier place to live and more pressured than ever before. People are living longer in the UK but is that more in terms of surviving rather than thriving? More medication, more intervention and a bigger disconnect from our essence as human beings – we are battling and surviving the game of life. If we make some changes in the future, our ‘life game’ could go from ‘survive’ to ‘thrive’ where we reach an optimum human state.
Exploring how we'll thrive in the future
FutureFest’s thrive theme addresses the elements of everyday living which are crucial to feeling good and reaching optimum performance in our daily lives. Thrive is about the things which are essential for quality of life: health, food, drink, fitness, scent and positive experiences.
Guided on a journey of self-evaluation, participants will be able to gauge whether they are ‘thrivers’ or ‘survivers’ in areas such as health (sleep, nutrition, fitness), food and micronutrients, and scent (olfactory perception and influence).
We have some great panels featuring the best minds and ideas in specialist areas of knowledge, addressing subjects including: how can we achieve optimum living and curated lives? And what will the future smell like? And we’ll also look at the future of food and dining - with a great talk from restaurateur and judge of BBC’s Great British Menu Oliver Peyton.
As usual at FutureFest, we have a few experiential firsts up our sleeve too, which play with scent and nutrition in a whole new way.
At FutureFest we are always looking to stretch the horizons of future possibilities, providing our audience with new information, perspectives and ideas to help them reflect on the life they lead and the life they want in the future.
FutureFest runs 17-18 September at Tobacco Dock, London. Weekend tickets are now on sale. Find out more about FutureFest.