Allow me to introduce myself..
Hi, I'm Zaria Gunn
I’m a futurist, but now you may be thinking W.T.F.utrist?!
My passion lies in inspiring individuals and organizations to navigate the uncharted territories of tomorrow. With a unique blend of expertise as a futurist, comedian, and creative thinker, I embody the essence of a dynamic and forward-looking mindset. In this article, we will dive into the world of futurism and uncover the profound impact it can have on shaping our collective destiny.
Pioneering Change as a Futurist:
As a futurist, I bring an unparalleled perspective, fueled by my passion for leveraging emerging technologies and inspiring positive shifts in mindsets and lifestyles. My journey began with a background in art direction, where I honed my creative skills and cultivated a deep understanding of the power of storytelling.
Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working with prominent companies such as Levi's, Google, Campari Group, and Anheuser-Busch, presenting groundbreaking insights and innovative strategies to shape their future trajectories. My ability to bridge the worlds of technology, entertainment, and society sets me apart, making me a sought-after thought leader in the field of futurism.
A Fusion of Comedy and Futurism:
With my comedian's wit and a futurist's vision, I approach my work with a unique and captivating style. I understand the importance of delivering complex ideas relatable and engaging, breaking down barriers, and creating spaces for conversations about the future that are approachable and accessible to all.
My Journey: From Art Direction to Futurism:
My experiences in the ever-evolving landscape of technology and media shaped my journey as a futurist. My background in art direction led me to collaborate with the Google Spotlight Stories Virtual Reality team as a Production Coordinator. In this role, I worked tirelessly to bridge the gap between traditional storytelling and the immersive potential of virtual reality. My efforts focused on empowering renowned animators to push the boundaries of their storytelling styles and transport audiences into entirely new realms of experience.
It was during my time working with Google Spotlight Stories, combined with the transformative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, that I witnessed firsthand the rapid advancement of technology and its profound effect on society. This realization sparked my desire to bridge the knowledge gap that exists when it comes to understanding and embracing emerging technologies.
A Commitment to Futurist Insights:
Motivated by my experiences and a deep-rooted curiosity, I embarked on a journey to study Futurist Insights at the prestigious Institute of the Future, based in Silicon Valley. This educational pursuit expanded my horizons and solidified my commitment to empowering individuals and organizations with the foresight and understanding needed to thrive in an ever-changing world.