About The Future of Storytelling

As technologies continue to evolve, how will we create, share, and experience the most fundamental unit of human culture—the story?

The Future of StoryTelling (FoST) aims to answer this question by bringing together leaders from the worlds of media, technology, and communications to explore how stories are changing in the digital age.

FoST produces international technology exhibitions and showcases, a daily blog, a weekly online speaker series, a newsletter, quarterly influencer salons, the FoST Prize for Innovation in Storytelling, and dozens of short films highlighting the big ideas shaping the storytelling landscape.

At the heart of FoST, though, is the annual summit. Now entering its fourth year, the two-day, invitation-only event is designed to further our understanding of the art, science, and business of communication in the twenty-first century and beyond. Top thinkers and practitioners from diverse fields gather to share ideas and experiences on everything from the new/old oral tradition to narrative in console games, from the biochemical impact of stories on the human brain to cutting-edge collaborative storytelling projects and many other hot topics.

“FoST is about actively engaging—getting to be a part of a conversation rather than just a member of the audience. I felt privileged to be a part of those roundtables, and valuable new business is going to come from the connections I made there.”
—David Rowan, Editor in Chief, Wired UK

In the spirit of discovery and inspiration, the FoST summit aims to break the fourth wall and make you a vital part of the conference rather than a passive consumer of information. In advance of the summit, the featured FoST speakers present their topics in short films distributed to participants online. Guests select which discussions they would like to attend and then take part in intimate, hour-long roundtable conversations with their chosen speakers, each limited to approximately twenty participants.

The summit’s new model leverages the unique contributions of every guest, fully anticipating that lively exchanges and cross-pollination among different perspectives, fields, and sets of expertise will result in a richer experience for everyone. Guests have ample opportunity to get to know one another and the speakers. Our goal is to cultivate unexpected insights and meaningful connections between both people and ideas in an interactive and dynamic atmosphere.

In addition to the roundtables, the FoST summit features one-of-a-kind immersive experiences, hands-on workshops, live performances, and the Story Arcade, an interactive exhibit that features the latest and greatest in interactive and immersive storytelling technologies.

(Credit: M ss ng P eces)