Business 2025 – Pathways to Transformation – An experience in aid of Street Kids International

May 19th 2014 17.30 – 21.00

The Forward Foundation, Centro 3, 19 Mandela Street London NW1 0DU

Ticket Price £42 (£35.00 + VAT)

Fast Future Transformation Experiences

We are pleased to announce the first event in a series of Fast Future multi-sensory transformation experiences aiming to kickstart the debate on how businesses, key industry sectors and individuals can transform themselves to survive and thrive in a rapidly changing reality. Each experience will include a range of multi-sensory activities designed to stimulate the mind, body and soul of attendees. 100% of the proceeds from each experience will go to Fast Future’s chosen charity – Street Kids International

Business 2025 – Pathways to Transformation

The main speaker for this first event will be Rohit Talwar a global futurist, transformation advisor and CEO of Fast Future Research (see profile below).  Rohit will share the results of Fast Future’s latest research on foresight driven transformation. Rohit will argue that future success demands a complete rethink of the mind, body and soul of business. He will describe critical drivers reshaping the business landscape, highlight the resulting strategic imperatives and present a framework for driving genuine organisation-wide transformation. Rohit will illustrate this highly interactive talk with case studies of how organisations across the globe are using future insights to drive their transformation efforts. For an expanded discussion of the topic see ‘The Case for Total Transformation’ below.

Here are some recent videos of Rohit in action:

Anticipating 20205 – “Driving forces, global challenges and potential disruptions”

A World in Transition –

A Multi-sensory Experience

Reflecting the theme of total transformation, the evening will offer a range of stimuli for mind body and soul which are all included in the entry price. These stimuli will be delivered by a cast of brilliant individuals who are all kindly giving their time in support of Street Kids International:

Transformational speed coaching by Claudie Plen of Openness Consulting – A highly experienced coach and expert in leadership development, innovation, soft skills and team building

Desire speed coaching by Kapil Gupta – an inspirational life coach focused on helping people unlock desire across all aspects of their lives

Chair massages delivered by Auralay Martin – A truly exceptional massage therapist, Reiki practitioner and life cleanser

Refreshment for the body and soul sponsored by Fast Future Research and provided by Joanne Thomson and Chas Hines – founders of Food Alchemy – offering healthy bites and nibbles that reflect the growing ecological changes we are challenged with today

Photography by Iveta Kovacova – A very talented event and life experience photographer

An art exhibit by the incredibly gifted painter Lubka Strháková – with a portion of the proceeds going to Street Kids International

More cast members will be announced in the following days.

Auction and Raffle

During the evening, we will be auctioning an in-house speech by Rohit Talwar, coaching sessions and a painting by Lubka Strháková. We will also be holding a raffle with some very special prizes. All proceeds will go to Street Kids International. If you have a prize that you’d like to donate to the auction or raffle please contact

Event Schedule

17.30   Registration, networking and multi-sensory stimuli

18.15   Transformation inspiration

18.50   Presentation and Q&A

19.15   Networking and multi-sensory stimuli

21.00   Close


To register for the event please go to:

If you would like to pay for this event from your charitable donations budget, please select the appropriate option on the registration site and send a cheque for £35 per ticket made payable to Street Kids International:

Street Kids International, 1st Floor, 1 Creed Court, 5 Ludgate Hill London, EC4M 7AA

Rohit Talwar

Rohit works with clients around the world to help them anticipate, respond to and create the forces, trends and ideas shaping the future. He has a particular interest in using foresight as a catalyst for organisational transformation and specialises in researching and talking about science and technology developments that could shape the next 50 years. Rohit has lectured and spoke in over 60 countries on six continents. He is a regular keynote speaker at in-company seminars, major public conferences and association events. His clients include Allen & Overy, American Express, Barclays, Citibank, Deloitte, E&Y, Etisalat, GE, GSK, IBM, Intel, KPMG, Linklaters, Microsoft, Novartis, Pepsi, Pfizer, PwC, SAP and Tata.

Fast Future

Fast Future Research is a foresight and transformation consultancy which helps clients change and reinvent themselves to adapt and thrive in an uncertain future. Our core services are research, consulting, leadership advice, presentations, workshops and the design and delivery of truly multi-sensory participative experiences.

Street Kids International

Street Kids International is a charity focused on giving street and other marginalised youth the chance to earn a decent living and participate in their local community and economy. This is achieved by developing and delivering training and tools that support these young people to build businesses and start planning for a positive future.

Forward Foundation

We are extremely grateful to the Forward Foundation for hosting this first event. The Foundation enables young people living tough lives to secure a fulfilling and productive livelihood – a career they can be proud of.

The Case for Total Transformation

The commercial landscape is being reshaped by a powerful combination of forces. Economic shifts are redistributing power, wealth, competition and opportunity around the globe. Disruptive innovations, radical thinking and new business models are impacting every sector. Rapid advances in science and technology are redrawing the boundaries between magic and reality. In response, business cycles are getting faster and shorter. At the same time, new generations are entering the workplace with different expectations, individuals are trying to take greater control of their destiny and social media is changing the way we interact, plan and share.

Faced with this rapidly changing reality, businesses are beginning to recognise that simply changing products, promotion and pricing is not enough to ensure future survival and growth. Many are beginning to understand that they need a clear and meaningful mandate for the decade ahead if they are to attract and retain employees, customers and partners.  Defining and fulfilling this mandate will require a complete rethink of who they are being as well as what they are doing. This first event in the series will explore the underlying drivers of change, highlight emerging business transformation imperatives and present a model and case studies of how organisations can reinvent themselves in a rapidly evolving landscape.



Convention 2020 is a ‘strategic foresight’ study which has been launched with seed funding from the founder sponsors – the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), IMEX (the international exhibition for the worldwide meetings, events and incentive travel industry) and Fast Future Research. The study is designed to help all members of the meetings industry prepare for the decade ahead and ensure they stay competitive.

This page sets out the project plan associated with the study (please see after the newsletter sign-up).

For further information please contact Rohit Talwar, sign-up for the Convention2020 newsletter below or see the website.




The challenges created by the economic downturn have highlighted the importance of thinking ahead and preparing for an uncertain future. We know the industry faces many challenges arising from changing political attitudes to the meetings sector, technological change, economic power shifts, environmental pressures and evolving social attitudes. In the face of such pressures, it is important to stand back and use a range of futures research techniques to take a genuinely forward looking view on how the industry might evolve and the implications for players across the industry value chain.


Objectives – Why Study the Industry’s Future?

The ultimate aim of the study is to develop rich insights into how the industry’s future may play out in order to make better decisions today. This means exploring different scenarios for how live meetings might evolve, considering a range of models of what events could look like and examining the strategic implications for venues and destinations.

The intention is to create a ‘living and growing’ online body of knowledge, case studies and ideas which will continue to expand and develop after the study completes in October 2010. A key goal is to use a highly participative ‘open’ research process to educate and inspire participants. Key questions to be explored in the study include:

  • Design – how is the thinking developing on what constitutes an effective meeting design and how could live meetings evolve by 2020?
  • Participant Experience – What will attendees and exhibitors want – learning, experience, content, style, ROI, technology and pricing?
  • Technology – How will the role of techonlogy evolve in the preparation, delivery and follow up to events – who might provide and fund these technology solutions?
  • Event Owners – What will these needs mean for event owners and managers in terms of the design, marketing and business models for their meetings?
  • Venues – What are the implications for venues in terms of strategy, venue design, services, technology, marketing, business models and financing?
  • Destinations – What are the implications for how destinations promote themselvers and influence the capabilities of local venues?
  • Industry Suppliers – how are the needs of the events indistry likely to evolve, what are the emerging opportunities, where will suppliers need to rethink their services, strategies and business models?


Approach and Outputs

The study will be conducted in two phases which are summarised below:

  • Phase 1 – ‘The Meetings Experience’ – to be completed in May 2010
  • Phase 2 – ‘Tomorrow’s Convention Centre’ – to be completed in October 2010

Outputs Phase 1 – The Meetings Experience

  • A report on a Global Survey on the Future of the Meetings Experience to be delivered in January 2010. The survey is already underway at
  • An online ‘trend wiki’, blog and discussion forum on LinkedIn (and other social networks) – collecting views from around the world on the future of meetings – these will stay live throughout both phases of the project
  • A regular Conventions 2020 newsletter – this will stay live throughout both phases
  • A report published at IMEX in May 2010, which will contain the following:
    • Analysis of global trends and the implications for the meetings sector
    • Key meetings industry trends, issues and challenges
    • A ‘Technology Timeline to 2020’ for meetings, exhibitions and events
    • Scenarios and models for the design of future meetings, exhibitions and events
    • Implications, challenges and opportunities for venues and destinations
    • Recommendations for event owners, planners and industry suppliers.

Outputs Phase 2 – Tomorrow’s Convention Centre

  • A Final Report published at ICCA’s Annual Congress in Hyderabad in October 2010, which will contain the following:
    • Structured expert interviews on how the industry can respond to the challenges, risks and opportunities
    • Results of a global survey to test responses to the expert ideas
    • Case studies on how venues are preparing for the future
    • New models and approaches for venue strategies, business models, building design, services and facilities
    • Recommendations for venue owners and managers
    • Recommendations for destinations.


The outputs from phases one and two above will feed the educational content at both IMEX in May 2010 and the ICCA Congress at Hyderabad in October 2010.


Dissemination of Outputs

There will be a regular programme of press releases – initially announcing the launch of the project and then providing regular updates on findings. ICCA, IMEX and Fast Future press releases generally generate high levels of global press coverage.

The three project reports will be circulated for free electronically to ICCA’s membership, to the IMEX database and to Fast Future’s own global database of 20,000 and through various partner and sponsor networks. Reports will also downloadable from the website.

A number of presentations will be delivered on the report findings at key industry events around the world. Discussions are currently underway with a number of media partners who would further increase the global distribution of the study findings.


A number of industry experts have already agreed to provide inputs to the report including Corbin Ball (technology), Martin Vanneste (meetings architecture), Jon Bradshaw (learning and the meeting mindset), Elling Hamso (business models and ROI) and Paul Kennedy (meeting strategy). Other experts are being invited to participate and help ensure every aspect of the industry value chain has been considered.


Participative Design

Convention 2020 is a highly participative study with a wide range of opportunities for interested parties to get involved. These include:

  • Providing ideas on the design of the study and questions to be explored
  • Taking part in the two planned surveys
  • Taking part in workshops that we’ll be running in key locations around the world
  • Contributing to the ‘trend wiki’, blog and social media discussions
  • Becoming an expert contributor
  • Submitting articles and case studies
  • Joining the open sessions at IMEX
  • Following progress on the study website
  • Creating local dialogues at ICCA Chapters, colleges and other forums and adding the outputs to the website
  • Writing essays, creating videos and producing other materials that help stimulate thinking about the future of meetings, venues and destinations.