Food, Work, and Education Futures in a (Post-) Pandemic World [Recording]

A workshop meant to explore a new paradigm built on biologic adaptability and telepathic technologies.

Event Details


Online Event


Wednesday, November 4, 2020
08:00am to 09:30am in San Francisco 05:00pm to 06:30pm in Switzerland


Free. RSVP Below.

COVID-19 is disrupting every human system on Earth, and the return to “normal” is not going to happen after the virus subsides. The decline of the old system paradigm built on mechanisms of bureaucracy and control is accelerating, while a new paradigm built on biologic adaptability and telepathic technologies begins to take hold. In this workshop led by Sean Ness from Institute for the Future, we will look at this emerging paradigm, some examples of how it actually functions, and the skills needed to succeed in this world. We will discuss recent signals around three topics that connect us all and are directly impacted by the ongoing pandemic: food, work, and education.

This session is co-hosted by the Corporate Accelerator Forum.

To ensure the best event experience, please make sure to:

  • Join early via the link sent upon registration
  • Have a pencil and paper (or sticky notes) available

This event is part of our mini series Regenerate the Economy focusing on planting seeds for a (post-) pandemic world that is supportive of human and planetary health.


Laura Erickson
Laura Erickson is Head of Innovation & Sustainability at swissnex San Francisco. In her current role she works with corporates on tech scouting and transformation and builds partnerships to launch sustainability-themed initiatives. She has co-created, managed, and launched two energy accelerators including SAFT and Free Electrons.
Prior to working in innovation, Laura spent ten years in finance and operations roles which allows her to grok the interplay between strategy and implementation. She has a MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and a Bachelor’s in French Culture and Linguistics at UC Berkeley. Laura grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming and has spent the last couple of decades in San Francisco.

Sean Ness
Sean oversees business development at Institute for the Future. He looks for creative ways to interact with outside organizations and works tirelessly to keep IFTF’s client database accurate and up to date. He also hosts monthly potlucks so that the IFTF crew can get to know each other better. In college, Sean switched from mechanical engineering to polymer science when he learned that polymer grads often go on to technical sales, an idea that piqued his interest and that he pursued until it landed him in Silicon Valley.
A self-described nerd growing up, Sean read all he could about science as a kid and immersed himself in maps for hours at a time. He also set his chemistry set on fire a few times, took junior high computer classes on a TRS-80, and was on his high school ecology team. After earning a BS in polymer science with a minor in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University, Sean ping-ponged between research organizations including Forrester Research and scrappy software start-ups like ComputerWire before joining IFTF in 2004. In 2006, Sean co-founded the STIRR Network, a group that helped catalyze early-stage entrepreneurial activity in Silicon Valley and beyond, through 2009.

Diana Joseph
Diana Joseph believes that everyone needs to be more entrepreneurial.  A former high-tech innovation director with a doctorate in Learning Sciences, Diana brings together techniques from motivation psychology, education, and Silicon Valley innovation methods such as design thinking and Lean Startup.  Diana leads the Corporate Accelerator Forum, a knowledge-sharing group for corporate innovators who work with startups.