VALA2022 Keynote 1 Future Crunch

Intelligent Optimism

This session is sponsored by Brill

Tuesday 14 June 2022, 11:00 – 12:00

Future Crunch

Presenters: Dr Shasta Henry and Will Tait 

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As our kick-off, kick-arse Keynotes, Melbourne-based intelligent optimists, Future Crunch, will set the scene – and our expectations – for the 3-days to come. Bringing their unique approach to technology trends, human skills, adaptability, data and hope for the future, Future Crunch is more a production than a presentation. You’ve not seen anything like them before.

Future Crunch is so closely aligned with the values that VALA and our community espouses that they are a natural fit. Their work is transformative, insightful and thought-provoking. Rocket fuel for the brain. And importantly, crafted with “intelligent optimism”.

You can meet them at VALA2022, but the introduction starts HERE.

Click the image above to view a short ‘teaser’ on how Future Crunch will bring their blend of technology and “intelligent optimism” to VALA2022.

Dr Shasta Henry

Shasta is a scientist and science communicator; a passionate adventurer, entomologist and educator. She has named beetles from the Amazon (and has one species named after her), guided white water rafts in Canada and once crocheted a hot air balloon. She’s worked at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, and is currently completing her PhD at the University of Tasmania, investigating the impact of fire on invertebrate communities in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Will Tait

Will is a songsmith, MC and presenter with a passion for inspiring wonder and revealing the hidden potential in situations and gatherings. He has 17 years experience as an educational presenter in the sustainability sector, and is the lead singer of 8Foot Felix, a theatrical multi-genre festival band touring in Australia and overseas. He is motivated by the idea that our modern global culture is reaching out for a new story about the workings of the world, a story of potential and abundance in which we see ourselves as integrally connected to each other and our universe. Through music, theatre, whole-heartedness and humour he creates moments of sharing, inspiration and joy that give this new story a meaningful, tangible presence in our everyday lives.

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