Derek Woodgate is a practicing futurist, author, speaker and innovator, who for the past 15 years has been President of The Futures Lab, a foresight consultancy, based in Austin, Texas, USA, which specializes in creating future potential for major corporations and institutions, especially in the fields of entertainment, media and culture.
Derek has been involved with future program development for MTV, Showtime, WorldSpace, Blastro, Clear Channel and the BBC, as has been a keynote speaker at numerous entertainment-related conferences, including: The California Arts Council, CMJ Music Conference, Cutting Edge Business Music Conference, New Orleans, International Live Music Festival in London and has been a regular panelist at SXSW since 1995.
For the past five years he has also served as Chief Creative Officer for Plutopia Productions, Inc. – a future-focused entertainment and event production company, where he has integrated emerging technologies and approaches into the design of entertainment / performances. Derek developed a distinctive concept of inspirational, participatory experiences, which he named “Sense Events.”
Derek is also owner of Fringecore Records and Publishing and has managed and worked with a plethora of major international artists.
His books include: Future Frequencies, (2004) hailed as “creating a unique paradigm in the professional futurist field”, Future Flow (2011) with a preface by DJ Spooky, and Calling The Toads – A Burroughs Compendium (1999) co-authored with Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Allen Ginsberg and Douglas Brinkley.
Derek has a Masters in Political Economics and has lived and worked in eleven countries and is at home in seven languages.