Marcus Dawe was one of our Designing The Future Salon speakers. In this interview, he shares his key insights into the importance we all play in Designing The Future.
Tell us a little more about your area of expertise? And can you give us some insight into what you are working on right now?
I’m a technology futurist. I picked the last 3 decades major technology trends and have set up ventures to capitalise on these.
One with a long term play in climate change looking towards 2050, one medium-term in health to democratise the knowledge in health and one short term with analytics to help organisations use social collaboration and let people see how they work and hence change how they work.
I’m a data scientist and systems thinker. The big opportunity is in data, to develop evidence and knowledge to power human progress.
What does Designing The Future, our TEDx CanberraSalon theme, mean to you?
I think there are many actors in society who are leading us into the future with their ideas, passion and endeavour. To these people, there is purpose, reason, opportunity and direction. To many though, the future is opaque. It is critical for a harmonious society that more people are turned into the actors who are involved in designing the future so that they can take hold of the opportunities that are awaiting for those that are prepared and engaged. TED followers are very much the engaged, the curious, the ones who are open to the possibilities of future designs.
It is critical for a harmonious society that more people are involved in designing the future so that they can take hold of the opportunities that await, for those that are prepared and engaged. TED followers are very much the engaged, the curious, the ones who are open to the possibilities of future designs.
Can you give an example of how your current work has brought positive changes to the lives of others?
With Health Horizon, we are uncovering the advances in health and medical science globally that is allowing consumers, doctors and investors alike bring them to market faster to help with disease management, cures, and generally better health outcomes.
We are helping major innovation groups promote their innovations across the world from Melbourne to Toronto, Chicago to Tel Aviv. In 3 years we have over 200,000 data points that help us identify what the innovation is, what it does and what stage it is at.
This valuable resource is open and free for the first stage of our platform rollout globally.
What are you most looking forward to sharing in your talk?
I’m looking forward to showing people for the first time amazing innovations in disease management, diagnostics and medical breakthroughs.
Why is Canberra great, do you think, for Designing The Future?
Canberra is a global village. Its citizens are engaged, worldly and focussed on the big picture. This makes Canberra a great place to be in the 21st Century.
You can listen to Marks talk and other Designing The Future talks from our TEDxCanberraSalon on our YouTube Channel.