We are an institute for redefinition. How do we define an institute for redefinition? We don’t know. FreedomLab is a cross-over innovation hub, a living lab, a future studies think tank, a strategy consultancy, an academy or better: a constant redefinition of these formats. We facilitate organizations to anticipate their future by helping them to creatively redefine their present. We operate on the crossroads of creativity, technology and organisational design.
“Anticipate your future by redefining your present”
“Understand technological developments and their impact on society”
We started in 2000 as a Future Studies think tank, conducting research into emerging technologies, and the possibilities to creatively apply these technologies. Since then we have interviewed over 400 international experts and thought leaders about their vision on future developments in areas such as politics, design, technology and organizational change. With input from these interviews we created a research framework that guides our research, and our practice. The framework is not only used to understand technological developments, but also their impact on society, and the way organizations can redefine themselves in the light of this impact.
“We empower our clients through tailor-made redefinition programs”
We empower our clients through tailor-made redefinition programs. Our programs are carefully designed innovation processes in which stakeholders from organizations work together with experienced facilitators and renowned experts. These facilitators and experts challenge the organization, based on proven and validated methods and our insights from research regarding technology-based themes.
“Our open campus serves as a living lab, where we practice what we preach, and where organizations can experience crossover innovation, and participate in it”
In 2014 FreedomLab established the FreedomLab Campus in the center of Amsterdam. The campus, which is home to almost 100 catalysts of change, serves as a trans-disciplinary meeting point for a wide range of experts and professionals. On the campus you will encounter scientists, artists, philosophers, designers, engineers and entrepreneurs working together on crossover innovation and complex problems. The open campus serves as a living lab, where we practice what we preach, and where organizations can experience crossover innovation and participate in it. The FreedomLab Campus is designed as one big comfortable living room, while fitted out with all kinds of state of the art new technologies in order to experience the 21st century challenges, first hand.
“A new form of education and training for future change makers”
Join our Winter School 2016 one-week program and learn how to signal and analyse the technological and societal change that will impact your organisation in the near future. From 28 November to 2 December 2016.
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Recent Research & Publications
Big Data: Volume, Variety, Velocity and Value?
What is Big Data is the cornerstone question of this research.
What is Big Data is the cornerstone question of this research. While a lot of focus is on Volume, demanding new approaches to ICT infrastructures, the Variety is more challenging. How to combine the structured dataset of organizations with the unstructured data of consumers apps like Twitter or Facebook for example.