Drunk Robots. Technophile Babies. The Future Is More Bizarre Than We Thought.
Entrepreneur community platform ‘Heavy Chef’ is wrapping up two intense weeks after sold-out events and masterclasses in Johannesburg and Cape Town. What else is there to focus on at the beginning of a new year than what the future holds? That’s why Heavy Chef invited futurist Craig Wing and WWC’s Mike Perk to take a sneak peek into the future, talk about blockchain, artificial intelligence, innovation and so much more. Both events were followed by a VIP Masterclass attended by a group of entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and start-up hustlers keen on diving further into the subject.
Heavy Chef hosts FutureWorld’s Craig Wing and WWC’s Mike Perk
Fred Roed, founder of Heavy Chef says “Setting up a business strategy in an overly-complex, uncertain environment is daunting. Unforeseen changes and market forces affect our businesses of tomorrow so we thought tackling this subject at our first event of 2018 could be of great interest to our community. To make sense of future trends, we’re hosting two amazing speakers, thinkers on our stage: Craig Wing and Mike Perk.”
First up on the “tour” was Johannesburg at the OPEN Sandton Workspace followed a week later in Cape Town at Wokshop17, a venue known for offering one of the best views on Table Mountain. Wing gave a glimpse into how robots were evolving, how crypto in its various forms is set to dazzle us even further and reminded the audience of the VUCA world we live in. He captivated the Heavy Chef tribe with his charged, electric style, great sense of humor and least but not least with his 2-minute show-and-tell of how Blockchain worked, probably the best explanation anyone had heard to date. Perk - renowned to be one of the finest facilitators and consultants working on the African continent - followed with a history lesson that referenced "The Great Escape" and explained how to apply a rock-solid strategy to digital transformation that will stand the test of time. But implementing change in organizations is one of the most gruesome tasks, often blocked by resistance because humans like to hang on to the status quo. The Heavy Chef audience will definitely remember Perk’s playful demonstration of our reluctance to change even when a prize is in sight.
“Extrapolating the past to create the future is no longer a valid strategy to follow. The exponential growth of businesses is created by radical and evolutionary innovation.” – Craig Wing
The masterclasses were a continuation of these talks, allowing participants to pick the brain of the two guest speakers and connect with like-minded people in an open, relaxed environment. Wing drove deeper into how to build businesses in the VUCA environment, drawing our attention that extrapolating the past to create the future is no longer a valid strategy to follow. The exponential growth of businesses is created by radical and evolutionary innovation.
Talking about innovation, Perk reminded us that introducing systems and processes in large organizations is all about reducing risks but this is exactly what hinders innovation. One of the key ideas Perk emphasized is how business owners tend to focus on the “What?” and the “How?”, often neglecting the ‘Why?’ Reconnecting to why we started a business in the first place on a daily basis, to the core of our entrepreneurial endeavor will drive innovation and lead us to find the solution to the “What’s” and the “How’s”.
Craig Wing, having started his first business at the age of 22 is a true serial entrepreneur. An engineer by qualification, he has had his share of the ‘corporate’ experience, most notably heading the Small Business Marketing at Google South Africa. Today, he is helping businesses embrace disruptive innovation, strategic thinking and future trends and is often seen on stage giving stimulating talks.
Mike Perk is the founder and Managing Director of WWC, a digital transformation agency. His diverse interests include innovation, digital transformation and change implementation. He is relying on over 20 years of experience in HR, Marketing and Technology to help organizations fully committing not only to the digital transformation change but to its consequences as well.
As always, Heavy Chef events allow for networking once the guest speakers leave the stage. Complimentary drinks were provided by Backsberg winery, CBC brewery and Sir Fruit juice makers. To keep energy levels up, complimentary Joe & Co 'entrepreneur balls' were offered as well. Photos are courtesy of @wallyd_gayal.
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“Our name comes from the saying never trust a skinny chef,” Roed explains. “We celebrate people who walk the talk, who practice what they preach - who eat their own food. We believe that, in a world of talkers, it's the doers that are going to change it. Together with our partners, we aim to inspire our community members to start things and empower them to succeed.”
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