Phorecast’s Tomas Seo handpicked to move a city!

Phorecast founder Tomas Seo is moving a city.

Wars and natural disasters are just a few of the reasons why people, for generations, have had to relocate from their homes all over the globe. In the Northern part of Sweden the mining industry has continued to expand and an unfortunate side effect has presented itself in several cities, the ground is crumbling. The beautiful town of Gellivare is one of those cities.

City Move Interdesign is a unique global event designed to tackle this pressing issue. The project is a partnership between ICSID, the Swedish Industrial Design Foundation (SVID) and the community of Gellivare and it will begin to tackle the enormous challenges that moving an entire population entails for both the inhabitants and for the city itself.

Phorecast founder Tomas Seo has been handpicked to join forty international experts and innovators for this multi-disciplinary project. During a two week think tank, innovators from a vast spread of competencies, will work together towards solving issues such as how to address the needs of people when relocating from their homes, physical conditions when planning a new society, sustainable factors for a new society and much more.

The findings from the City Move Interdesign project will become part of a knowledge bank that can be used in Sweden but also serve as groundwork internationally, for example when relocating populations ravished by political unrest and natural disasters.

International architects, psychologists, artists, engineers are just some of the disciplines joining together in this effort. Designer Tomas Seo has through much of his career worked in multi-disciplinary projects and is a strong believer in this method of collaboration. He is looking forward to contributing to this knowledge bank that will hopefully be of service to both Gellivare, other cites in Sweden and the international community.

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Phorecast Podcast No 07 – Andi Smith, RooftopComedy

Andi Smith one of the founders of Rooftopcomedy

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The Phorecast Audio Podcast is honored to have with us entrepreneur and stand-up comedian Andi Smith. Besides being a very funny comic who has appeared on NBCs Last Comic Standing two seasons now, Andi Smith is one of the founders of the start-up RooftopComedy. Rooftop is an innovative company that uses the internet and mobile distributors to showcase new and established comedy talent, organizing big comedy events and making it accessible to a whole new audience.

Rooftop produces and distributes real comedy through the internet and promises that their clips are raw, uncensored, and not filtered through a bunch of uptight corporate suits. Rooftop is backed by one of the worlds leading venture capital firms Azure Capital Partners and have partnered with distributors such as Nokia, Mobilestreams, Itunes and Facebook. In 2006 Rooftop Comedy took the top honors of “Best Investment Idea” at the InvestorFest; TechCoire’s Investorfest in Sacramento CA brought together over 80 leading venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.

Andi Smith, who left a career as Creative Director at among other places Icon Media Lab to become a comic, has just released her comedy album, Home Perm and has received rave reviews.

Watch Andi Smith do stand-up comedy on RooftopComedy »

At Phorecast we specialize in finding and customizing multidisciplinary teams of innovators and experts into sessions working for your organizations future. We are always looking for the most interesting innovators and we wanted to share some of the people that have really inspired us with their ideas and creativity. The Phorecast podcast enables us do just that! Thanks for listening and we would love to hear your comments, questions and innovative ideas.

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Phorecast Podcast No 06 – Chef Wylie Dufresne

Chef Wylie Dufresne

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On this episode of the Phorecast podcast we are honored to interview award winning Chef Wylie Dufresne. Trained at the French Culinary Institute in New York City he is today executive chef of New York’s wd-50 restaurant on Manhattan’s Lower East which he opened April 2003.

Chef Dufresne is world famous for combining traditional cooking art with molecular gastronomy. Molecular gastronomy is a scientific discipline involving the study of physical and chemical processes that occur in cooking. Mr. Dufresne and his staff have through research and experimentation with, for example, different temperatures, textures, gums and gelatins made delicious, innovative and critically acclaimed dishes such as fried mayonnaise and a foie gras that can be tied into a knot.

Many may also recognize Chef Dufresne from the TV show Top Chef where he has appeared as a guest judge several times.

Look at pictures of the wd-50 food on Flickr »

At Phorecast we specialize in finding and customizing multidisciplinary teams of innovators and experts into sessions working for your organizations future. We are always looking for the most interesting innovators and we wanted to share some of the people that have really inspired us with their ideas and creativity. The Phorecast podcast enables us do just that! Thanks for listening and we would love to hear your comments, questions and innovative ideas.

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Phorecast Podcast No 05 – Evan Malone, Fab@Home.

Evan Malone talks about the Fab at Home-project

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Imagine a printer that instead of printing with ink on paper deposits droplets of plastic, layer by layer, gradually building up a 3d object of any shape complete with circuit boards, batteries and displays! Now stop imaging, because this printer already exists, it can already now print flashlights and watchbands, and will very soon allow you to print your own customized cell phone or Ipod.

Phorecast has the honor of interviewing Evan Malone from Cornell University, one of the brains behind the Fab@home personal desktop Fabber project.

The Fabber is essentially a revolutionary desktop printer that allows you to build three dimensional objects from plastic and other materials. Together with co-creator Hod Lipson, Evan has printed flashlights, watchbands, squirt bottles, batteries, artificial muscles, even fancy chocolates. On their website Fab@home they teach people how to build their own fabbers and encourage them improve the design and share their blueprints online.

Watch the Fabber print a Flashlight »

At Phorecast we specialize in finding and customizing multidisciplinary teams of innovators and experts into sessions working for your organizations future. We are always looking for the most interesting innovators and we wanted to share some of the people that have really inspired us with their ideas and creativity. The Phorecast podcast enables us do just that! Thanks for listening and we would love to hear your comments, questions and innovative ideas.

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The Phorecast JCDecaux session heats up!

The two teams spent Wednesday and Thursday locked up in their rooms with the JCDecaux challenge, their minds racing and great ideas formulating. The competition is definitely on!

Today, Friday, you can literally feel the excitement in the air as the two teams put the finishing touches to their presentations that start at 2 p.m..
Stay tuned and see you on the runway!

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JCDecaux, first to Phorecast the future!

The two Phorecast teams of innovators for the JCDecaux challenge.

Today, Wednesday March 5th 08, we kick off our very first Phorecast session. We are thrilled to be working with our first client, the Swedish branch of the innovative French company JCDecaux. JCDecaux specializes in out of home media such as billboards, advertising faces at major airports and train stations, outdoor furniture, bus stops and the very successful city bus schemes in Paris, for example. JCDecaux has always been forward thinking, bold and eager to work with new technology, ideas and interesting opportunities. For this company, looking into the future by using a Phorecast session is a perfect fit!Phorecast has put together two multi-disciplinary teams of great innovators for the JCDecaux challenge.

The two competing teams consist of:

  • Mikael Nyström, Design Strategist at Transformator
  • Lena Silberman, former VP Communications at Investor AB, now business and marketing consultant, Silbermanagment
  • Hannes Skirgård, Industrial engineer and owner of Rago
  • Jonas Söderström, Account Planner at the advertising agency Familjen
  • Gitta Wilén, Scriptwriter for interactive media at Houdini.se
  • André Wognum, Creative Director at Wognum Art

The innovators are working with the challenge that JCDecaux has drafted for the Phorecast Session; what is out of home media 2028, and what did JCDecaux do in 2009 to impact this development? The innovators start work today and in three days they will have their ideas and implementation plans ready for presentation. Check back soon to see which team walks away with the first ever Phorecast challenge prize!

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Stay tuned for the Phorecast Podcast!

The Phorecast Podcast on innovavtion world woide. Coming Soon!

Very shortly we will be launching the first episode of the Phorecast Podcast here on the site. Every new episode brings you personal interviews with world famous innovators. They come from all backgrounds and areas like business, science, the arts, and have through hard work and creativity come up with some of todays most important ideas. They will share with us their stories and how they got successful with their innovations and talk about what creativity and innovative thinking can bring to the table in the 21st century. We hope that the interviews here at Phorecast.com will inspire you to stop talking and start doing!

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