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CreativeMornings/London Interviews: Rodrigo Bautista & Anna Warrington from Forum for the Future

To speak on the theme of Future, we felt it only appropriate that Forum for the Future be included as part of the global, CreativeMornings mix.

Taking a pragmatic view that a sustainable future for all will be underpinned by sustainable business (both in the financial and environmental senses), they work with corporations, governments and NGOs to co-create new approaches to delivering products and services. Putting systems innovation at the heart of their work, they’re now focussed on transforming the man-made organisms that underpin our society: finance, food and energy.

Speaking will be Rodrigo Bauista, a designer and teacher specialised in sustainable innovation, and Anna Warrington, an advisor within the Sustainable Business Team, who spends her time bringing together different industries to collaboratively develop sustainability solutions.

The usual interview is below, but we hope you can make it to our new venue partner, MRM Meteorite on April 26th to hear Rodrigo and Anna in full flight.

CreativeMornings/London on Friday April 26th is generously sponsored by MRM meteorite and will be held at MRM meteorite, 76-80 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0PN.


Where do you go when you need to concentrate?

A: The swimming pool.

R: I normally take the train heading south.

Is it about what you know or who you know?

A: Both.

R: It’s more about what you do. However every little helps, so, be kind to people and share your wisdom.

What’s been the most pivotal point in your life thus far?

A: Getting my first bike. The sense of freedom has never diminished.

R: Professionally, quitting my job for the richest man in the world.

Do you think there’s enough discourse between disciplines?

A: Some connections are stronger than others. I’d like to see more conversations between seemingly unrelated disciplines.

R: No. It depends of the organisation some are very good at it and some need help to have interdisciplinary dialogue.

Can you teach innovation?

A: Honestly, I don’t know. You can teach the theory. You can definitely create the right environment. And you can inspire it without doubt. And you can bring people along with you so that they experience it. Does that add up to people then being able to do it? Who knows. But I hope so.

R: Yes. But you need to live it too.

Dollar or Yuan?

A: Both at the moment. But for how long?

R: Amero

Do you believe in an afterlife?

A: I have a sneaking suspicion that there’s more to this life thing than we know…

R: No

Negative or positive freedom? 

A: Positive. In the main.

R: Positive freedom

Ideal holiday?

A: I love our tiny family campervan!

R: Shared with family, people are the places.

Can you draw?

A: Yes. Badly.

R: Yes

Can you draw us a wave?

A: Yes. Ask me when I see you and I’ll show you

R: A Mexican wave?

Individual or state (or both)?

A: A world where individuals are the state but somehow better than Big Society…

R: Society and community?

Favourite LP?

A: Depends on my mood. Could be Take That one minute, Eagles the next, followed by Ibrahim Ferrer and then Chris Wood after that. A tad eclectic.

R: Tough one…

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (2009). HBE

The bends. Radiohead

Helville deluxe E. Bunbury

Last book read?

A: Behind the beautiful forevers. Read it, I tell you.

R: Vivir. Julio Scherer.

The best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

A: Pretend you’re a car when you cycle on London roads. Never squeeze yourself into the side.

R: Never give up, just… follow the energy.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are?

A: Get involved!

R: Don’t listen to me, go out and do what you love.

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