October event gives speakers 10 minutes each to change the world



Technology is reshaping the world with each passing day. But while innovation happens in labs and cities across the globe, it’s hard to picture how technological breakthroughs will affect lives locally.

The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation—a regional think tank and nonprofit facilitator of health, wellness and educational programs—wants to present an idea of what the world of tomorrow might look like in the community.

On Oct. 10, ten speakers will address the changing landscape in both technology and society. The Future Foundation’s third annual 10×10 event is similar to a TED (technology, entertainment, design) Talk—industry leaders inform the audience about developments in their field and what to expect in the future. Unlike a TED Talk, which can be long and involved, the 10×10 speakers only have 10 minutes to get their point across.

“It’s an interesting way of getting snippets of information,” said the foundation’s executive director Karen Malatesta. “Hopefully people become interested, it gets them talking and they want more information. We want the topics to be thought-provoking.”

Panelists will address a range of subjects including crime, alternative energy, polarizing politics and emerging industries.

Mike Paule is one of the presenters. His topic, “Game of Drones,” will address the growing popularity of drones and their potential uses in the commercial industry.

“It’s going to be a balanced view of what drones are being used for and some of the exciting new ways they’re being used for industry, like search and rescue, by public safety, agriculture, photography,” said Paule, also a member of the foundation’s board of trustees.

“We’re a little bit behind here in the U.S. compared to some countries. In Europe they’re already used for package deliveries,” he said.

Paule has been a hobby drone pilot for several years, and he’s incorporated the pastime into his business, MobileVideo360. When he’s hired by a real estate agent to make a video, he’ll use a drone to provide an aerial view of the property.

The Future Foundation hosted the first 10×10 in 2015. Malatesta said it was intended to be a onetime event, but the community’s response was so positive they organized a second, which also proved to be very popular. The organization now plans on hosting a 10×10 every year.

Foundation board member Jeff Blum said the group organizes early in the year, brainstorming and debating topics relevant to the area.

“There’s lots of topics this year that we weren’t addressing because there’s only room for ten,” Blum said. “We have some education topics that we’ll probably do next year because we couldn’t this year. Every time we do this it’s like, how are we going to think of ten more, but we always do.” Other presentations include: “Safe in the 21st Century” by FBI agent James Peaco; “Bringing Water Full Circle” by Dave Pedersen, manager of the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District; and “Hunger at Home” with Monica White, executive director of FOOD Share.

Acorn Managing Editor John Loesing will host the 10×10 event.

Admission is free; a $10 donation will be requested. The event will be at 6:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 10 at Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Register at www.clvff.org.

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