FCCR/CSF Future City Innovation Workshop

FCCR/CSF Future City Innovation Workshop

Public Engagement/Impact Event 7: Exploring Future City Technology, Economic Models and Leading Visionary Change: Implementing the Methodology of Creative Science Prototyping

Date and Time:  21st Jan 2015, 10:30-18:00

Place: University of Leeds, Liberty Building: Room G28

Deadline for Booking Workshop Place (Only 15 places available): 31st December 2014

Cancellation fee: £15-00

“Science fiction is the playground of the imagination. If you are interested in science or fascinated with the future then science fiction is where you explore new ideas and let your dreams and nightmares duke it out on the safety of the page or screen. But what if we could use science fiction to do more than that? What if we could use science fiction based on science fact to not only imagine our future but develop new technologies and products? What if we could use stories, movies and comics as a kind of tool to explore the real world implications and uses of future technologies today?

— Brian David Johnson, Futurist at Intel Corporation

 “Our culture does not have many cross-disciplinary people. The persistent Anglo-Saxon (English-speaking) problem of the ‘two cultures’ (Science and Technology versus Arts and Humanities) identified by C P Snow will be a deep problem for those planning future cities and new economic models. Science fiction, art and design have a great deal to offer the future cities project, not just technology, architecture and engineering. How do we break the false dichotomy between these two approaches and get them interacting?”

— Gary Graham, Co-founder of FCCR Network


Jen Wu, National Taiwan University

Prof. Vic Callaghan, University of Essex,

Dr. Gary Graham, Leeds University

Eve Coles, Emergency Planning College/Cabinet Office

Dr. Ping Zheng, Canterbury Christ Church University


General Overview

The Future City and Community Resilience Network (http://www.fccrnet.org/) together with the Creative Science Foundation (www.creative-science.org is pleased to invite you to participate in the Future City Innovation Workshop which will explore how Science Fiction Prototyping can be used to harness an entrepreneurial approach to the design of ‘Future Cities’.

The workshop employs a cutting-edge innovation technique, Science-Fiction Prototyping, that was pioneered by Intel (the world’s most inventive and successful high-tech business) that sets creative processes into an engaging and motivating context involving writing short fictions about the future to generate and explore new technologies, business processes and governance in future cities. The SFP-Lab sessions are presented by a team of international experts, including Intel’s futurist who first proposed the SFP methodology. The SFP-Labs are relevant to scientists, engineers, researchers, entrepreneurs, managers, writers, artists, designers, and the general public who are warmly invited to come along to explore how science fiction prototypes can transform your ability to innovate in your work, personal or community life.


10.00-1030: Registration

10.30-11.15: Dr Gary Graham, Future Cities and Community Resilience,

Dr. Graham will introduce the aims and objectives of the Future Cities and Community Resilience Network describing past research outcomes and ongoing research. You will gain an understanding of how governments and large enterprises are shaping our city landscape and how it is important for community forces to express their interests and speak out to help society to rethink and find alternative options to improve the life of citizens living in future cities. We will also introduce our new project that will involve the production of short films linked to personal visions of the future inner city.

11.15—12.00: Prof. Vic Callaghan, Smart City Technology Landscape, University of Essex

What does ‘smart’ mean in terms of technology? What technology is available to make cities smarter? This talk will use the ‘Internet of Things’, together with examples, to illustrate how technology can be a driver for smart-city innovation.

12.00-12.45: Dr Ping Zheng, The agency role of entrepreneurs in future city design

How do we achieve the dream of smart cities in the forthcoming future? There are many important actors and driving forces in this evolutionary developmental process, such as governments, businesses, scientists and academia. These organisational and individual actors are embedded in the multi-levels of society which can become active change agents that drive institutional, social and structural change. Among these active agents, I propose that the opportunity-focused entrepreneurs are the most critical actors capable of formulating projects for the future and realizing them. We are living in an information age that is characterised with intensive knowledge development, rapid technological advance and increased degree of destructive creativity. This requires the need for an integrated society – the actors of different structural environments should interactively respond to the emergent trends posed by changing social, economic and technological situations. In this talk, I attempt to demonstrate how this agency perspective, in analysing the interactive role of different actors and agencies, especially with a focus on the role of entrepreneurs as an important driving force and critical changing agent is facilitating and creating a future of smart cities. As a result of this talk, participants should be able to develop an entrepreneurial mind-set and fully appreciate the role of entrepreneurship in smart future design.

12.45-13.00: Q&A


14.00-15.00: Hsuan-Yi Wu (Jen): Introduction to SFP

15:00-15:30: SciFi-Prototyping & Future Cities – The 21st Century Robot Project”, Brian David Johnson, Intel Futurist

What kind of future city do you want to live in? How might it be possible for ordinary inhabitants of a city to have a hand in shaping future cities? Brian Johnson starts by introducing himself, explaining how the ever shrinking size and cost of electronics, together with its exponentially increasing power, may radically change our world and lifestyles. He then explains the historical and current relationship of science-fiction to technology development and introduces SciFi-Prototyping (SFP) as a tool that acts as a shared language to facilitate discussion between the differing stakeholders of a city (eg government, companies, researchers, students and society at large etc) so as to enable everyone to participate in designing their future city. The approach he will describe is based on three key concepts, SciFi-Prototyping, open-source platforms and crowd based innovation. Finally, he will exemplify these ideas by introducing the Intel ‘21st Century Robot’ project which concerns a crowd-based, open innovation, design of a domestic robot which Intel believe will become a common feature of future cities. Join Johnson as he explains how it is possible to change the future and discover that it’s simpler than you might think!

15.30-16.00: Tea Break

16:00-18.00: Hsuan-Yi Wu (Jen), Imagination Workshop (Group SFP Exercise),.

Participants will be arranged into groups of 4-5 people. The facilitator will guide you to discuss the desirable and possible cityscape futures. We use STEEPV analysis (Social, Technological, Economic, Environmental/Ecological, Political and Value-based issues) as the foundation of this brainstorming. Participants should choose the city where they live, or a city that you would like to regenerate, as the target of their SFPs. Questions to be addressed might include, what conditions people might face in the future; what lifestyles they should be pursuing to achieve social wellbeing; what technologies might affect their lives the most; what other influences might arise as Intelligent Environments enter into people’s everyday lives? You might also consider whether there are any inspirations from science fiction that you would like to see created in a future city? In addition to extrapolating current technologies forward, we will also consider the effects of disruptive technologies and events such as those arising from a natural disaster or a revolutionary technology. While we can’t predict the future, SFP provides a tool to reason about the consequences of possible futures and enables us to take a hand in designing them, as this workshop will seek to demonstrate.


The main benefits for those attending this workshop are opportunities to:

  • Network with people who share the same interests in shaping the future and making an impact on the nature of future cities.
  • Participate in an Imagination Workshop to learn and practice the process of creating a science fiction prototype via group brainstorming.
  • Connect with Creative Science Foundation (CSf) and Future City and Community Resilience Network (FCCRN)
  • Develop your innovative ideas (science fiction prototypes) into a scientific or technological research proposal, community action plan, business plan, or prototype development plan etc.


We plan to organize a follow-on workshop (May 2015) to assist the development of your ideas into a fuller prototype and action plan, including connections to business start-up, community engagement and mentoring services.


If you are interested in attending the initial workshop, please email your detail to either:

Eve at evecoles@aol.com or

Jen at happyjen1107@gmail.com


We only have availability for 15 people so, to avoid disappointment, please book early.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Cancellation or failure to Attend will incur a fee of £15



 Invited Guest (via Skype)

Brian David Johnson, futurist, Intel Corporation

The future is Brian David Johnson’s business. As a futurist at Intel Corporation, his charter is to develop an actionable 10-15 year vision for the future of technology. His work is called “futurecasting”-using ethnographic field studies, technology research, trend data, and even science fiction to provide Intel with a pragmatic vision of consumers and computing. Along with reinventing TV, Johnson has been pioneering development in artificial intelligence, robotics, and using science fiction as a design tool. He speaks and writes extensively about future technologies in articles (The Wall Street Journal, Slate, IEEE Computer) and both science fiction and fact books (Vintage Tomorrows, Science Fiction Prototyping: Designing the Future with Science Fiction, Screen Future: The Future of Entertainment Computing and the Devices we Love, and Fake Plastic Love). Johnson lectures around the world and teaches as a professor at The University of Washington and The California College of the Arts MBA program. He appears regularly on Bloomberg TV, PBS, FOX News, and the Discovery Channel and has been featured in Scientific American, The Technology Review, Forbes, INC, and Popular Science. He has directed two feature films and is an illustrator and commissioned painter.

 Prof Vic Callaghan, University of Essex (http://victor.callaghan.info)

Victor Callaghan is a professor of computer science at Essex University, a director of the Creative Science Foundation and President of the Association for the Advancement of Intelligent Environments. He founded and ran the Essex University mobile robotics group before establishing the Intelligent Environments group which boast world-class facilities such as the robot arena (a purpose-built space for mobile and flying robots) and the iSpace (a full size digital home), Professor Callaghan has authored over 300 papers in international journals, conferences and books plus he has been principal investigator on numerous international research projects attracting over 6 million pounds in funding. Of particular relevance to this workshop is that Professor Callaghan was in part of the pioneering group that proposed the Science Fiction Prototyping methodology at IE’07 in Ulm, Germany. Since then he has organized several workshops and publications on the topic, applying the ideas to technology, education and business innovation. For example, he has worked with Immersive Displays Ltd (a small UK SME) to apply SFP to create their innovative ImmersaVU product. His most recent Creative-Science work has involved collaboration with Dr Ping Zheng to introduce SciFi-Prototyping into the undergraduate curriculum at Canterbury Christ Church University (a fist for the UK). All these activities are described in more details on the Creative Science website which can be found at at www.creative-science.org

Dr Gary Graham, Leeds University

Dr Gary Graham is based at Leeds University Business School and is a member of TIGr and the Centre for Operations and Supply Chain Research. He is the Coordinator: Future Transport and Smart Cities Network (a membership of 40 international scholars and business practitioners, community workers).  His work to date focuses on the impact of the Internet and digital technologies on supply chains, logistics and distribution operations. He has authored three books, thirty research papers and has worked on ESRC/EPSRC, British Academy, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and EU research grants investigating the economic and social consequences of disruptive innovation on the music, news media and information intensive sectors. His recent work focuses on the deployment of creative ethnographic “bridging techniques”.  This includes both between business and users and universities and communities. He deploys fictional prototyping/experimentation to bring extra attention to how organizations proactively reshape their relationships to external actors, and the users of technology thereby unlocking new pathways to create value from what they know and can do. In 2005, he was awarded by Emerald Publishers an Outstanding Guest Editor award for a SI he edited on: “SCM Evolution in the Creative Industries”. Graham was a Visiting International Research Scholar in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (October 2008; September 2011) and the School of Engineering at the University of California – Silicon Valley (February, 2009). Graham is co-chairing a strategy sub-themed steam of papers on “fictional prototypes” at the forthcoming British Academy of Management (BAM) 2013 conference, a PDW on “Organizing for Innovation through Fictional Prototyping” as part of the Technology and Innovation stream of the forthcoming:  American Academy of Management 2013 conference. Recently he organized a joint British Academy of Management/RCUK NEMODE + funded workshop entitled:  “Future technology and smartness imaging” in London on February 6 (2013). Finally Graham was invited on March the 27th by Dr Martin Power at the University of Limerick to give a public outreach lecture which took place in Moyross (housing estate).  This lecture is part of a public outreach programme Graham is currently organizing with Dr Anita Greenhill at MBS, Eve Coles, Prof. Chee Wong & Prof. Gary Dymski at Leeds. This is designed to frame a new academic community agenda that will build sustainable community partnership initiatives – focused on a range of cutting edge social and economic impact topics.

 Eve Coles: Co-Founder, Future City and Community Resilience Network

Eve Coles has been teaching ‘resilience’ studies including risk management, crisis management, business continuity management and emergency management, in higher education for the last 25 years. More recently she has been appointed Visiting Fellow in Civil Protection to the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College. Her research interests centre around organisational resilience particularly in the public sector and includes civil protection/ emergency management policy in the UK, crisis and business continuity management, future city resilience and supply chain resilience. She has been a member of a number of national steering groups, working groups and committees that have developed a Core Competences framework for emergency management and National Occupational Standards in Civil Contingencies and standards in crisis management.

 Dr Ping Zheng Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU).

Ping Zheng was awarded her Ph.D. in Management from University of Kent (UK) in 2007, after completing an MBA with distinction at the same school in 2003. Before embarking on an academic career, she worked as executive manager for number of years in a US-owned joint venture developing business relations between US and China. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University Business School in the UK. Prior to this she was a Lecturer at Essex Business School of University of Essex from 2006 to 2010. She has published numerous academic research papers and opinion articles on a range of journals and magazines specialising in entrepreneurship, institutional change, growth strategy and innovation in SMEs in emerging markets. She received the Best Paper Award at the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Annual Conference in 2010. She is also the principle author of the book – “Emerging Business Ventures under Market Socialism: Entrepreneurship in China”, published by Routledge in December 2013. In 2014, by the collaboration with Prof. Vic Callaghan from University of Essex, she has initiated and leads a workshop series in Creativity, Ideas and Innovation at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU). The workshop adopts Science Fiction Prototyping methodology as a new perspective in facilitating the learning of entrepreneurship-focused students in new idea generation and new opportunity identification. It aims to encourage students’ entrepreneurial engagement in technological change process. By integrating the cross-disciplinary subjects – computing and technology with business and entrepreneurship studies, students in business school can develop an open mind and access a wider context of subject knowledge that is crucial for future innovators and entrepreneurs/intreprenuers in a knowledge intensive economy.


Workshop Facilitator

Hsuan-Yi Wu (Jen), National Taiwan University and Visiting Scholar at Manchester Business School

Hsuan-Yi Wu (Jen) is currently a visiting scholar in Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) in the University of Manchester. She holds a BAA in International Business from National Taiwan University, MSc in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship from Manchester Business School, and is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Institute of Business Administration at National Taiwan University majoring in Technology and Innovation Management. During her early university years, she was proactive in student societies and voluntary activities. In her senior year, she led 55 students to conduct industry research on 20 different industries. Meanwhile, she was awarded a £12,000 fund to initiate an international project “Hope Network between Sierra Leone and Taiwan”. She has experience working in a large enterprise as digital marketing planner, as well as working for a government funded R&D institute, the Institute for Information Industry to develop and coordinate cross company R&D projects in cloud based systems, as well as facilitating technology marketing events and promoting domestic technologies to industry. She also has experience in academia-industry relationship management gained from the NTU INSIGHT Center where she promoted academic R&D projects and technologies to companies interested in co-development with university researchers for innovative improvement in R&D capabilities and competitive advantages in industry. Hsuan-Yi was one of the pioneering members of the Creative Science Foundation. As a young talent, and early adopter in the area of science fiction prototyping, she has published two SFPs (‘The Spiritual Machine’ & ‘The Programmer and the Widow’) plus a journal paper in Futures (Imagination Workshops: An Empirical Exploration of SFP for Technology based Business Innovation) which proposed an evolutionary model for the SFP creation process that improved its performance as a business innovation tool with  hard deliverables. Beyond academia, she has proved good at facilitating brainstorming amongst multi‐disciplinary teams, inspiring people to generate innovative ideas and showing them how they can be realised. Her experience in business consulting and start‐up business planning has enabled entrepreneurs to successfully initiate their companies or develop new business.