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Andrés Colmenares is a trend researcher and strategist, who is passionate about the beauty of imperfection, time, complexity, serendipity, the moon, and GIFs. Along with partner Lucy Rojas, he runs the strategic foresight company wabi-sabi lab and co-founded Internet Age Media. IAM is a platform for understanding the future of culture and media in the Internet Age and hosts a yearly event, the IAM Weekend.
What is the most unusual request you’ve had?
Last year we were asked to do research about trends in the regulation of the so-called sharing economy and recently about the futures of security and safety industry. We usually do futures research in fields closer to media, learning and internet culture, so we learned a lot doing these tasks.
What advice would you give to someone who was trying to break into the business?
First step is to define and visualize your dream/goal/purpose. Then it is all about hard work (done wisely), looking and learning beyond your bubbles, and most importantly having fun in the process. Enjoy the ride. If you are passionate about what you choose to do, then you will.
2016 is going to be very exciting. Next April we are doing the second Internet Age Media Weekend, a three-day event in Barcelona about the futures of media, learning and internet culture. We will also launch our second video series, a Futures of Media & Publishing experience and some promising creative collaborations with key partners.
What advice would you give your younger self?
I would share the advice Jeff Hamada from Booooooom.com gave during the first IAM Weekend: ‘Let the fear of letting fear dictate your life dictate your life’.
If you could only bring three things to a desert island, what would they be?
– A camera with 4G (or the best possible Internet connection), solar charger and basic apps
– A super powerful telescope or VR headset
– A fancy yacht, or a huge drone that takes me back home
How would you describe Internet Age Media in 80 characters?
IAM is a platform that connects the futures of media+learning+internet culture
Apple or Android? Android.
Picasso or Miró? Picasso and Miró.
Coffee or tea? Coffee a.m., tea p.m.
Love or friendship? Love.
City-break or countryside escape? It depends on my mood. Mostly city-breaks.
Gabriel García Márquez or Jack Kerouac? Gabo, mostly because of his fight against useless spelling rules dictated from Spain that cuts freedom of expression, an issue that is deeply rooted in the education system and yet is still highly ignored.