Our mission is to empower people and organizations to build our best worlds - big and small. Our aim is to build things that inspire connection and stimulate change - culturally and economically.
We forecast emerging markets and economies. And we design and develop media properties, intelligence tools, and technology tools - to help people and organizations - and us - harness those markets. Harness, as in wrassle them. Help shape them. Help build them. Making them serve us better - the way good markets should.
Our expertise arcs applied science, advertising, business, culture, finance, governance, education, energy, environment, law, media and entertainment, technology, and space. And, ah, surfing.
There’s a kind of cowboy code I like to live by. It’s a code of the West kind of code, that I’ve modified to fit me. And what matters to me. Where I talk straight and shoot straighter – when it’s necessary to shoot. Where I only say I’m going to do what I’m really going […]
Every morning, I receive trend alerts from an artificially intelligent program that analyzes data like human researchers once did. It predicts implications of trends, and potential futures, as I do. This morning it advised me of what it considers a new trend, “Tech toys that empower the next generation.” This week, I talk to the […]
–Greg Estes, former GM, Silicon Graphics
–Walt Mossberg, The Wall Street Journal
– Stefan Simchowitz, President, Simco; Producer, Requiem for a Dream; former President, Bandeira Entertainment
Marc Landsberg, Founder SocialDeviant, former President, MRM Worldwide; former President Arc Worldwide/Publicis Groupe
–Michael Musto, Village Voice
– Joe McCombs, Village Voice, Time
– überbabe immersive experience user, Phase 1
Alesha Doran is a communications specialist, political strategist, entrepreneur, dancer and healthy living advocate. She tells stories that inform and inspire, bringing policy and people together to deliver desired results. Her work focuses on engaging people in the possibilities around them.
Currently Executive Vice President of UAI, she also operates her own communications consulting business. Alesha brings a broad perspective inspired by her studies in Political Science and Anthropology, and refined with her professional experience as a video-journalist, work with First Nations, provincial government communications, and successful entrepreneurial ventures. Alesha offers a unique understanding of the issues facing the world today and enjoys the challenge of developing solutions.
ceo and chief creative officer
Lise Voldeng is a chief executive, creator, futurist, and strategist. She forecasts market shifts, and creates brands, strategies, platforms, products, and services to effectively harness them. Because she loves to.
Previously, Voldeng was CEO of sugarlab corporation, a multiplatform media development company; and CEO of UMI/Digital Mogul, a Silicon Valley-based entertainment and technology forecasting company. Before founding UMI/DM, she worked with Upside as a senior industry analyst, forecasting and analyzing entertainment and technology developments for Upside’s venture capitalist audience. Prior to Upside, she worked with an array of software and hardware companies, developing user interfaces and experiences. Voldeng cut her teeth in advanced telecommunications and interface design, beginning her career with Idacom Electronics, which was acquired by HP’s Test and Measurement division.
Voldeng has successfully forecasted emerging technologies, cultural trends, and markets – including the evolution of the Internet; the evolution of digital entertainment and media; the evolution of communications networks; and the rise of P2P networking, open content models, multiplatform models, social networks, immersive entertainment experiences, and participatory communities. She was named one of the Top 10 “21st Century Media Thinkers” by Nikkei Electronics, and one of the “Top 25 Women in Technology” by ZDnet/SFWOW. She’s been profiled in publications from The Industry Standard and USA Today to The Globe and Mail and The National Post. She’s written op-ed columns for Electronic Media on Silicon Valley culture, finance, and technology developments – and Upside on Hollywood culture, and digital entertainment developments. She’s also provided analysis to finance firms globally, including public firms such as JP Morgan, and private firms such as Adams Capital Management.
Voldeng is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists, a founding and judging member of the World Technology Network, a member of the Silicon Valley Space Club, and co-producer and moderator for The Future Now Show. She’s been a judge for SXSW’s Bizspark Accelerator, advised NASA on its strategic plans, and continues to selectively advise organizations, national and international governing bodies, and elected officials, on how to adapt to disruptive changes, and build organizations and cultures that thrive. She also loves to be advised by equaniminous advisors - including her 4 year old greatniece, Luna. Luna’s advice has proven very effective, both on stock market purchases, and how to tie shoes the best way.
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