Monika Bielskyte is working to develop hopeful future visions. As a futures researcher, she has been on a decade-long nomadic journey exploring futures in 90+ countries.
As a futurist and futures designer, Monika consults on and prototypes culturally expansive, socially and environmentally engaged future world designs for the media industry, technology companies, and cities/countries. With expertise in the immersive media space (XR/AI/UX) and edutainment, her work consists in connecting bleeding edge technological innovation with some of the world’s most original creative visions that explores the relationship between speculative science fiction narratives (Dystopias, Utopias, &, most specifically, Protopias) & the unfolding Global Futures.
Monika’s past clients include Universal, Google, Nike, DreamWorks, BBC, Microsoft, Mexico City, McKinsey, Anonymous Content, Ridley Scott Associates, Reliance JIO, Telefonica, Intel, Aston Martin, MTN, TATA, Xerox PARC & Rick Owens, among others.
Monika is also an internationally renowned public speaker in the field of innovation represented by London Speaker Bureau. Her talks cover the range of subject matter at the intersection of science and technology and its feedback loop with social, cultural and political realities across the world. She has spoken on panels and presented keynotes at The Royal Society, CERN, Unesco, C2, CPH:DOX, Future Of Storytelling, Sonar, among others.
Most recently, Monika has been working on @ProtopiaFutures – a platform for collaborative research & creations challenging & offering alternatives to dystopian/utopian stereotypes. Protopia explores visions of radically hopeful & inclusive futures centering Queerness, Indigeneity, Disability & previously marginalized cultural perspectives. The framework of Protopia has been anchored in and shaped by the urgent need for mainstream articulation and awareness in how ‘(Y)OUR’ future is shaped, and to combat the rise of misinformation exploit pertaining to future science, technology, politics, and culture.
'Monika's energy, experience, vision, creativity, soul and impact made her week of meetings, speeches and panels across the BBC one of the highlights of my time driving innovation there. She challenged, guided, inspired, entertained and educated a huge range of people from different teams. We see the world differently as a result. Our storytelling and world building will have more magik as a result. An immense achievement.'
"'Monika Bielskyte is NOT a person. Monika Bielskyte is an extraordinary and inspirational force of nature. In the twin realms of technology and creativity, she is a swirling mass of information, innovation, insight and connections - one of the leading voices in future tech. If you want to dance along the bleeding edge of art and creativity, Monika is the jedi you're looking for."
"Monika Bielskyte has a rare capacity to cross correlate and unify design thinking across diverse media forms and platforms. Old "transmedia" paradigms have been faltering and falling away for a number of years now. The reason for this has to much to do with the disconnection of origin creative logic(and spirit) not carrying over from the first expression of a creative idea into related or supposedly connected expressions made separately. Monika is able to break that broken paradigm and consider the permutations of original concept into new forms while the first form is still being created. In this way, she is an early pioneer of "Deep Media" and is currently demonstrating how to take that progressive strategy for design into experiential forms and formats to come."
"Mx. Bielskyte is a VR visionary, a unique and important thinker and industry motivator. She possesses a special combination of skills: design sensibility, drive for excellence, and a rapidly expanding network that is a virtual "who's who" of the VR and AR industries."
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