This is a sponsored article on behalf of FutureFest.
When you look to the future, what do you see?
In an age of political upset, worrying tech advancement and environmental degradation, some would say it looks bleak. Others point to the ways we can mould our future into one to look forward to.
FutureFest aims to put that power into the hands of the people. Now in its fourth year, it's one of Europe's largest festivals of the future — and it's coming to Tobacco Dock this 6-7 July.
Spread across five stages, the two-day extravaganza calls on Londoners — and some of Britain's brightest minds — to explore alternative visions of the future. We're talking debates, performances, tech demonstrations, immersive experiences...
Topics on the agenda range from broken democracies to empathetic robots, and feature the likes of Amy Lamé — London's very own Night Czar — Annie Mac and hip-hop artist Akala. Singer-songwriter Imogen Heap will perform with her mi.mu musical gloves, and Ruby Wax will host a session on mental health in the digital age.
There'll even be an in-conversation event with former deputy prime minister Sir Nick Clegg — not to mention headline speaker Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's First Minister. You can check out the full line-up here — there's plenty to get you thinking.
The festival is the flagship event from Nesta, a global innovation foundation devoted to tackling the big questions of tomorrow, from the pressures of an ageing population, to our fast-changing jobs market. Having welcomed more than 9,000 visitors since its conception in 2013, this year, it's set to inspire many more.
So if, as they say, the best way to predict the future is to invent it, then FutureFest seems like the ideal place to start.