Future City Innovation Workshop

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  • Date and Time:  21st Jan 2015, 10:30-18:00
  • Place: Leeds University, Fairbairn House (shown in banner), Clarendon Road, Upper Chapel: Rm 1.04a (+ Google Map)
  • Deadline for Booking Workshop Place: 31st December 2014 (now fully booked; email Eve Coles to check for a vacancy or to be added to the waiting list).

The Future City and Community Resilience Network together with the Creative Science Foundation is pleased to announce a 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 sessions are presented by a team of international experts, including Intel’s futurist, Brian David Johnson, who first proposed the SF-Prototyping methodology. The main benefits for those attending this workshop are opportunities to:

  • Network with people who share interest in making an impact on the nature of future cities.
  • Learn and practice the process of creating a science fiction prototypes.

***Click here for competition funding details (call OPEN until April 2015)***

You can also download a PDF copy of the Workshop Programme.

If you are interested in attending the initial workshop, please email your details to Eve Coles. Further information is also available on the FCCR website and in the  ‘delegate joining instructions‘ (also see map of Leeds University).


Brian David Johnson, futurist, Intel Corporation (*Keynote*)







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 Gary Dymski, Divisional Director of Research, Leeds University Business School *Keynote*

Gary Dymski

Gary Dymski is Professor and Chair in Applied Economics at the Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds. He received his BA in urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1975. He received a doctorate in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1987. He was a member of the economics faculty at the University of Southern California from 1986 to 1991 before joining the UCR economics faculty in 1991. Gary served as associate dean in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences in 2001-02 and was founding director of the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development in 2002-03. From 2003 to 2009, Gary was the founding Executive Director of the University of California Center, Sacramento, a UC-wide public policy center in California’s state capitol. Gary has been a visiting scholar in universities and research centers in Brazil, Bangladesh, Japan, Korea, Great Britain, Greece, and India. Gary has published numerous books, articles, chapters, and studies on banking, financial fragility, urban development, credit-market discrimination, the Latin American and Asian financial crises, exploitation, housing finance, the subprime lending crisis, financial regulation, the Eurozone crisis, and economic policy.

Dr Gary Graham, Leeds University

Gary Graham

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

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 include 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 Anita Greenhill, Manchester Business School (MBS)

Anita Greenhill

Dr Anita Greenhill’s research interests are in the areas of Networked Usage of Technology within Community, Organisational and Business settings. Her research contributes towards a better understanding of crowd sourcing and Internet Participation; Community usage/resilience and uses of social media including twitter; technologically enable work; spatiality; and Internet/ World Wide Web Usage in Organisations

Dr Ping Zheng Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU)

Ping Zheng

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.

Hsuan-Yi Wu (Jen), National Taiwan University







Hsuan-Yi Wu 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.

Professor Rashid Mehmood, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia

Rashid Mehmood

Rashid is the Professor of Networked Information Systems and the Head of Research at the College of Computer Science, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia. He has gained qualifications and academic work experience from various universities in the UK including Huddersfield, Swansea, Cambridge, Birmingham and Oxford. He has over 15 years of research experience in computational modelling and simulation systems coupled with his expertise in high performance computing. His broad research aim is to develop multi-disciplinary science and technology to enable better quality of life and Smart Economy with a focus on real-time intelligence and dynamic system management. He has published over 50 research papers including 4 edited books. He has chaired several international conferences and workshops in his areas of expertise. He has led and contributed to several academia-industry collaborative projects funded by EPSRC, EU, UK regional funds, and Technology Strategy Board UK. He is a member of ACM, OSA, Senior Member IEEE and former Vice-Chairman of IET Wales SW Network

Prof Vic Callaghan, University of Essex







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 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