Creating Foresight-Fueled Action with Marcela Sabino

On this episode of Creating Foresight-Fueled Action, Marcela Sabino talked about her work in foresight being largely about creating or finding transdisciplinary approaches to big world problems, meshing previously siloed ideas into new approaches, innovations and inventions. She talked about her work at the Museum of the Future in Brazil, and how they made prototypes of the future around healthcare, food production, climate change, work, synthetic biology, AI, VR and so much more. She tied this to the practice of Design Fiction, saying that these artifacts – though they often seem like Sci Fi to some – help our communities to touch and imagine the future in positive and actionable ways. She developed her love of futures thinking through watching Star Trek at an early age, and imagined herself what it would take to create such a future together. At the Museum, she only allowed positive ideas about the future, as acting on negative ideas about the future is extremely unproductive (and hard).

Marcela Sabino

Innovation Strategy Lead, 500 Startups

Sabino is a foresight strategist, creative director, and innovation designer with over 16 years of experience. She has worked with the World Bank, IFC, IDB, UN and in large corporations on Inclusive Development and technology projects. She is currently the Innovation Strategy Lead at the Global venture Capital Firm 500 Startups. Previously she was the Head of Innovation and Lab Director for the Museum of Tomorrow for over six years where she developed projects using AI, VR, digital fabrication, robotics, big data, and the Internet of Things. She holds a B.A. from Amherst College, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University and a Master in the Design of Entertainment from the European Institute of Design.