Thu, 9:45 - 10:30 am
We Need to Talk About Optimism
The early web was founded on optimism: a belief that digital technologies could unlock a new age of undreamed of freedom, self-expression and personal empowerment. But today, that early spirit of optimism has been hijacked by Silicon Valley mega-corporations and TED talk utopians, who have turned it into an ideology that is helping them amass vast, unchecked power. In the opening keynote at NEXT17, TrendWatching’s Global Head of Trends and Insights, David Mattin, makes the case for a new model of optimism and technological progress. And, via compelling examples from startups and brands, shares his thinking on how digital innovators really can help make the world a better place in 2018 and beyond.