About The Future of Storytelling

Stories will never die, but the ways we tell them are changing.

The Future of StoryTelling summit (FoST) was founded on the belief that stories—in the broadest sense of the word—shape the meaning and momentum of everyday life.

FoST brings together top executives, creative talent, and technologists with the vision and influence to change the way that stories will be told tomorrow and beyond. As technologies continue to evolve, how will we create, share, and experience the most fundamental unit of human culture—the story?

FoST is an invitation-only event designed to further our understanding of the art, science, and business of communication in the twenty-first century and beyond. The inaugural summit took place on October 5, 2012. Top thinkers and practitioners from diverse fields gathered 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, FoST 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 via the Web. Guests select which discussions they would like to attend. On the day of the event, the speakers lead intimate, hour-long roundtable conversations, each limited to approximately 20 participants.

FoST’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 will 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, FoST offers immersive experiences, workshops, and a range of entertainment throughout the day.

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