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Here There Be Lions: The Cartography of the Future

Every map tells a story. Whether geographical or metaphorical, maps are social constructions, visualizations of our current – if sometimes flawed – knowledge and understanding of the world around us. In Roman times, cartographers would mark uncharted areas of maps with the Latin phrase “hic sunt leones” (“here are lions”), a term used to represent unexplored regions that held unknown dangers. In essence, these areas represent the future – where the edge of science and the outer boundaries of technology are not yet fully understood, where possibility and uncertainty intersect.

Today, a technological renaissance is spurring the creation of new maps that represent breakthroughs in our understanding of biology, neuroscience, ecology and our relationship with the physical world. For the first time we’re able to map not just physical geographies, but genomes, neural pathways, emotions, social networks – even the global movement of ideas. This session will explore changing paradigms in science, technology and social space through the lens of five new types of maps – Code Maps; Meta Maps; Power Maps; Mind Maps and Biological Maps. Together, these new maps tell powerful stories about the drivers of change that will shape society over the next twenty years.

Michele Bowman

Global Foresight Associates

Michele Bowman is a futurist and writer who consults with organizations about the intersection of foresight, innovation and design in business. She is the Managing Director of Global Foresight Associates, a Boston-based foresight research and consulting firm that helps organizations understand the strategic implications of change affecting the future of business and society. She is the past Chairman and current Executive Director of the Association of Professional Futurists.

Her mental whiteboard is FringeHog, a blog about the impact of ideas and global trends affecting the future. An island native trapped in an east coast weather pattern, she has a natural affinity for open windows, water sports of any flavor and freshly shaken margaritas.