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On October 16, 2021, Boma China co-presented the FACTE* Conference at the 2021 Hainan International Culture and Creative Week.

FACTE*: Designing a New System for the World’s Future

On October 16, 2021, Boma China co-presented the FACTE* Conference at the 2021 Hainan International Culture and Creative Week.

We believe that to solve the world's greatest challenges, we need to "design a new system": we need to learn and leverage the knowledge of other disciplines while going deeper into one field, and iterate a new methodology advancing People, Planet, Profit and Purpose. This should not only be a feast of ideas, but also a framework for action.

We selected five disciplines - Finance, Arts, Culture, Technologies, and Earth, and invited 24 speakers celebrating their expertise, as well as 4 performing artists from the Burning Man, to celebrate and explore ways to promote people, planet, business, and perpetuity.

This is just the beginning. We expect that we continue to evolve into a methodology driving systems change, creating values for business and social issues.

The following is a transcript of the FACTE*@Hainan International Culture and Creative Week.

Session 1: Mindful Finance

Daniel Zhang

General Manager of Core Construction and Vice President of Broad Group, Co-founder of Blue Sky Lab

#Metaverse and the Future of Architecture

  • Daniel Zhang

Finance is actually a habit, and when many of us are doing it, I think it may become a culture. Sustainability is not really a natural behavior, it's a behavior that you get through learning. DIY is not the definition of this era anymore because DIY is too lonely, the thing we can do is DIT, do it together. we are in a future community where we want to reward people for carbon neutral behavior and we can visualize it, but it's far from money and currency. All the carbon digital currencies that are being discussed right now can be there, money just reduces the burden on people, what we really need is more of an experience of intrinsic value, like doing something together, like having fun together, like this picture, we have fun together. That experience, that value could be meta-cosmic.

Harry Hui (Video)

Founder of ClearVue Partners, Global Future Leader of World Economic Forum, International Advisory Board of Shanghai Xuhui District Government

# Forward Looking Capital to 2030

  • Harry Hui (Video)

I believe that the half-life of knowledge in the future is 5 years, that everything I know today will soon be useless, and that I can accept that what I read and learn now may not be as useful in five years. I also believe that the market cap of companies in the future will be much larger, higher, and more expensive than the market cap of today, and that trillion USD market cap companies will become more and more normal. I'm an optimist and I believe the future will become more human and more technological.

Andre Kwok (Video)

Founder, Good City Foundation

The Last Mile of Financial Innovation Transformation in Southeast Asian Cities

  • Andre Kwok (Video)

Ariel Xu

China Advisor to AVPN (Asian Venture Philanthropy Network)

#Building Asia's Better Cities Together

  • Ariel Xu

The reason why Asia needs to come together to build a financial system, a better financial system, is because the countries actually share a common history and common social challenges. We need to unite these like-minded and like-minded institutions to work with each other and cooperate with each other in order to create a thriving ecology.

Soichiro Fukutake (Video)

Former chairman of the Benesse Corporation, Chairman of Fukutake Foundation, Chief Planner of the Setouchi International Arts Festival

#How art can revitalize villages and cities from the Naoshima experience in Japan

  • 5. Soichiro Fukutake (Video)

We have transformed 100-year-old old Min theater into a modern art gallery with islanders, and some uninhabited and dilapidated homes that people have transformed into parlors. The basic concept is to use the accumulated to create new, most representative art museums in the earth.

Session 2: Arts and Culture for all

Kutsuna Miwa (online)

Visiting Professor, Tama Art University; Professor, Department of Contemporary Art, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts; Visiting Scholar, Center for Japanese Studies, Tsinghua University; Founder, REBIRTH ASIA

#Regional birth creation, new models and initiatives in Japan

  • Kutsuna Miwa (online)

I am looking at how to make future "object" courses from a society centered on the production of objects, with an eye to the relationship between a low-carbon society and art museums. I believe that as the relationship between the Chinese region and the arts continues to deepen, it is also taking on a process of development.

Modern art in Japan is now undergoing constant change, and the changes in Japanese modern art, as well as in Asian modern art, are becoming increasingly evident.

John Woo

Co-founder of Apailang Creativity Kids Land. Vice Director at Center of Culture, Creativity and Technology, Tsinghua Academy of Arts and Science Innovation Research. Associate Professor at Communication University of China

#Artificial Intelligence and Creativity

How to use AI to stimulate human creativity? When we put human capabilities and AI capabilities together, we find that AI and humans are still quite complementary. Humans are good at just what AI is not so good at, and AI is good at just what makes up for what humans are not so good at. Humans and AI each have their own strengths and create a symbiosis. Previously, if we wanted to work with the best of civilization accumulated in past human history, we had to spend years, decades or even decades, and spend a lifetime turning ourselves into everyone in a certain field before we could stand on the shoulders of all those who came before us to create, but with this AI, every ordinary person has the opportunity to make better and more efficient use of human civilization. It is also a new power. We can actually understand ourselves better through AI, but the creativity of artists is indispensable and AI will be their best creative tool.

Eames Demetrios (Video)

Artist, Director of the Eames Office

# To see the nature of the world with creativity

  • Eames Demetrios (Video)

There are times when it's the things that aren't in front of you that matter the most, the things that aren't in front of you can be romantic, it can be a business, it can be a career, it can be a dream. Those are the things that are most important and inspiring in our lives, and I think when we think about the challenges that the world faces, we tend to think about how to solve that problem.

Autumn Jing

The Director of Design for Ecological Crisis of School of Design, China Central Academy of Fine Arts

#Eco-Crisis Design education is the foundation of the future

  • Autumn Jing

It may be that our lives and the environment itself have long been integrated; the environment is us and we are the environment. A lot of our research is built on a very interdisciplinary, as well as vision-based research. The subject of our design is not human-centered, but life-centered, from imitating nature to becoming nature. Eco-crisis design is a very strong reflection and critique, and makes visible what is not visible. Ecological crisis design can help the next generation to acquire a habitual resilience and crisis thinking, so that humans can better cope with future crises and uncertainties. The father of eco design, Mr. Ian McHarg, who was awarded a Fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, said, "I hope that the greatest artistic achievement of the 21st century will be the rebuilding of the planet."

Srini Srinivasan

President of the World Design Organization

#Designed for a better world

  • Srini Srinivasan

We all hope that as we learn more about how art, design, technology and culture come together, we will be inspired to make the world a better and more livable place.

Our goal is to create a solution where design can enhance our economic, social, cultural and environmental quality of life. We are an industry, design, driven advocate and enabler with the ability to create better work. There is a growing emphasis on the design process, which focuses on the end user and the environment in which they live. As a key tool for solving life's greatest challenges, it is driven by sustainable goals under responsive objectives. Designers embrace economic solutions that offer a novel perspective. In the economic social and environmental sphere, as designers we have the skills, knowledge and ambition to make a significant difference to the world.

Lou Yongqi

Dean and professor of the College of Design and Innovation at Tongji University

#How design works with other disciplines

  • Lou Yongqi

People often achieve this change in two ways, one top-down and one bottom-up. As the role of design expands from styling to complex socio-technical systems solution strategies, design has a special role in dealing with top-down as well as bottom-up. Sustainable development is one of these complex socio-technical exemplars. Traditional design thinking and design practice based on individual creativity can hardly undertake this mission. We therefore need to promote the creation of new design approaches, gather new design communities, and develop new design methods and tools to advance design to better face these new challenges and problems.

Session 3: Inclusive Technologies

Nyx He

Senior Vice President and Partner, BrainCo

#World's first smart prosthesis

When a technology powerful enough to change the world emerges, we use it first to help the people who need it most. There are 90 million disabled people in China, 25 million with physical disabilities alone, but most of them are at home, basically not going out, cut off from society. This is a problem that is very much worthy of everyone's attention. Our smart prosthesis is designed to help them. It doesn't require consciousness to control the changes in the prosthesis. Wearing a prosthetic limb is not just a change of fingertips, but a change of life status. The real power of technology to the point of helping those who need it is the real power of technology. All of us in the world are trapped by gravity on this planet, traveling through space at high speeds that are hard to get out of, we can't move forward on our own and need to resonate symbiotically. I hope everyone fast forward to 2030, 2040, 2050 don't forget the underprivileged, don't forget the elderly, those children from the stars, those disabled friends that we can take with us on our journey together.

Queena Tsai

Co-founder and Commercial Director, rct.AI

#Runaway Gamer, AI brings empathy and romance

  • Queena Tsai

Game design is a string of code cloaked in human form. During game development, the designer of the game will write a set number of behaviors for them, and if you have a richer number of behaviors, he will have a set of scenarios for responding to the reactions that the player will bring to them by entering this game, which is a logic of their behavior. But AI can help us do the score calculations based on different environments and determine what is the most logical thing to say or do at this point. We want to achieve a perfect blend of the physical world and the virtual world, and a broader self-exploration while having a calm and abundant life. Giving virtual creatures a soul in one of the many virtual worlds is what we are doing.

Alvin Wang (Video)

President of HTC VIVE China, Vice Chairman of the Virtual Reality Industry Alliance (IVRA.com)

Creative opportunities in the #metaverse

  • Alvin Wang (Video)

We have moved from one or two-dimensional genres, art and culture into a more immersive environment. Much of the beauty that arises in art comes from the struggle and limited media associated with the artist's salary. Today's 3D form of the internet, coupled with the immersion of virtual reality. Both in terms of 3D space and in the way you can access it, fully interacting with all your senses. This is where the metaverse is headed, this is the ultimate destination of the metaverse. But at the end of the day, it's not as complicated as many people make it out to be. Over the last few decades, people have learned how to use the keyboard and mouse as the key interfaces you access. If we continue to move forward, we will have more natural interactions. We'll be able to control our environment in a more natural way by being able to track with our hands, track with our eyes, sound haptically, and even with brain waves.The future of art is actually in your head.

Tao Shu

CEO of Virtual Reality Technology

#Metaverse: learning the wise brain

  • Tao Shu

The metaverse is a being that serves and exists to build rules for learning. The Learning Brain is the "ability" to enhance learning through wearable devices, in the learning metaverse.

The biggest challenge we have as humans right now is learning. Because we spend too much time, too inefficiently, and too much money, we end up hindering the progress and development of society in this area. The traditional way of learning is not in line with brain science. If artificial intelligence helped us with this, it could even help us organize all of our body of knowledge. Because now that we have unlocked the main processes we use in cognition, memory, and reasoning, then AI can help us optimize. We humans have a learning model and an application model, and our brain is a reluctant learning organ, like a tsunami. When it is done moving processes, it will eat the brain because the brain is high energy consumption. We can turn on the continuous learning model with intelligence to keep us in iterative learning over time, giving each of us the ability to approach genius.

Arthur Huang (online)

Founder of "Miniwiz"

#The future of the circular economy

  • Arthur Huang (online)

We want to contribute to a drug-free future for our world and have a sustainable impact on our community. We want to make an impact, so we turn ourselves into trash magicians, inventing new ways to transform the trash we throw away in our daily lives into high-quality works of art. For example, the typical disposables, plastic waste, electronic waste, and fashion waste we throw away every day, we turn them into construction materials to build hotels, restaurants, and even your house. Transforming consumer behavior into a circular behavior is the only way for humans to sustainably consume finite resources. Overconsumption is a complex systemic problem with no single panacea.

We turn milk packaging into the hottest sportswear fashion, we turn plastic bottles into luxury textiles, we turn cigarette butts into furniture and eyewear, we make luxury home furniture from fashion and clothing waste, cell phone chargers from personal protective equipment like masks, hospital building materials from disposable medical waste, and we make decentralized recycling and upcycling possible with smart artificial intelligence technology.

Edward Ho

Founder of Europa, multimedia art creator

#Pop Music and the Future of Technology

  • Edward Ho

With the development of technology covers a very large amount of digital content that surrounds us. For example, the radio stations that we hear every day or the videos we see through the screens of our mobile phones, or information, or the programs we see on the TV at home, all belong to digital content that combines urban nature and cultural landscapes across borders.

New media art is also a brand new field that we have been focusing on in the last few years, as there are a lot of new ideas and concepts that are born in the art segment. Electronic music tones with the development of technology, from the analog world of sound effects and even software on the application of free modulation, many sounds from not belonging to the real life, you can carry out software to generate. Technology leads to new changes in cultural tourism consumption, and technology is still a service and people, people-oriented. We hope to create a better connection with people through technology to create a more valuable impact for society.

Session 4: Earth First

Yiwen Lee

Plant-Based Food Therapy Educator

#HowFoodSavesOurWorld: a chef educator in action

  • Yiwen Lee

Food is all around us every day, but have we bothered to find out how we usually treat it, what our relationship with it is like, and what value we give it. So hopefully today's sharing will bring us all together to take action and strengthen our connection to food. We need diversity in our diet, and we can start with biodiversity. Learn more about biodiversity options, different colored foods can actually complement different organs, like grains give us very good energy, not just grains, different colors, different functions, but they can also help our soil to recover. Food also has a lot of healing properties, complementing form with form. More importantly, a third of greenhouse gas emissions are linked to how food is grown. We can move toward a plant-based philosophy with every bite, every action, every way we explore, choosing more plant diversity ideas, choosing more pairings that are better for human health and the health of the planet. Our actions are our future.

Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey

National Geographic Society Fellow, Cultural Anthropologist

# We are the explorers

  • Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey

Earth a legacy of wisdom that can enrich our lives if passed down from generation to generation. Over time, I became an anthropologist and a National Geographic explorer and had the privilege of traveling to some of the most remote regions of the world. This led me to explore my own Chinese heritage. I want to share with you a few principles of success. The first is courage, the courage it takes for a young man to set sail for the vast horizon. Not unlike anyone who dreams of innovating and thus creating something that does not yet exist. We are all setting off towards the wide horizon. The second principle, innovation and leadership, is our ability to recognize and seize opportunities in seemingly chaotic situations. While we live in challenging times, history reminds us that some people have been able to merge and thrive, while others see only setbacks and challenges. The final principle is to contribute, asking yourself what legacy you will leave behind? What difference will you make in the lives of others and future generations?

I encourage each of you to seek wisdom and knowledge in your own families and communities, interacting with older people, as well as younger people with more experience than you. Relationships are more important than ever, and we are all waves of the same ocean.

Mercury Woo

Branding Director of HRC FERTILITY Medical Group, and well-known blogger

# Redefining the life clock

Freedom of marriage has brought about a diversity of choices for women, and the final shackle currently binding women to childbearing is the birth clock. In the fertility clock, it is as if women are rushed through life by the social clock. We need to complete a fixed set of prescribed actions at each point in time, and it's as if we spend our lives doing nothing but constantly running forward and forward again. The limitations of the optimal fertility clock prevent many women from taking charge of their own bodies, and the creation of egg freezing technology has made it possible for women to break the last shackles of their own bodies. A woman's mission is to pass on knowledge and life and should not be overly restricted. In the dimension of passing on life, egg freezing, an assisted reproductive technology, can help women to realize the possibility of unilateral mastery in the transmission of their genes. I believe that the meaning of life is freedom and love, where freedom includes the freedom of women to nurture life, and maternal love is the most special of all loves.

Fred Yang

Founder of the Sunshine Three Farmers Project

#Food: The Human Connection

  • Fred Yang

If we shed the bustle of the city, we will find that all primitive people came together because of food, and food is the most basic human connection. In China, as long as we eat at the same table, we are family. We often substitute the word "food" with the taste of our mothers and grandmothers. In this day and age, we also see the possibility that mom's taste and grandma's taste are replaced by uncle's taste and grandpa's taste. In my opinion, food is an expression of human care, and it is also an expression of human care for nature. 2013 saw a lot of university students returning to the countryside. What is my power that causes these young people to make this choice? It was actually the power of roots. So I started to learn about and get close to farmers through cycling. If you stick to the front line of agriculture, it takes a lot of perseverance and a lot of endurance when it comes to producing food in nature, so I hope to show my respect through riding.

Through my efforts, I hope to combine all farmers together. Because nowadays, farmers put all their energy into farming and lack marketing. I hope that through our platform, we can get farmers to produce in an organized, disciplined and planned manner to form an overall sustainable development, and to extend the education of the concept of sustainable development to the cities.

Roger Zeng

Head of Patagonia China

# Save our home with business

  • Roger Zeng

We started making eco-friendly clothing products in 1993. The apparel industry is the second most polluting industry in the world, and as a member of this industry, we want to reduce the harm that clothing does to the planet. For outdoor enthusiasts, we want people to use outdoor clothing for as long as possible, not only for the sake of environmental protection, but also for the memory of the outdoor experience. Nowadays, there are more and more companies doing environmental protection in China, and the common problem is survival. How can green businesses make a profit? The first is the need to be green both upstream and downstream of the product, which is not very easy. The second is the community, the positioning of themselves and their customer base. The third is the cycle; public companies don't necessarily last longer than private companies.

Fifi Liu

Founder of Blue Academy, Co-CEO of Deep Blue Without Borders, Marine Conservation and Environmental Education Practitioner

#Transboundary, breaking the circle of marine conservation

  • Fifi Liu

As inhabitants of the planet, we know only 5 per cent of the oceans, or 95 per cent of the oceans are unknown. Approximately 640,000 tons of fishing nets are abandoned in the ocean each year, and these nets still function to catch and kill, plaguing our marine life. As divers, we interact with the ocean long enough to be witnesses to the good and bad of its underwater problems, and our emotional connection to the ocean is so strong that it's a call to action. Regarding the fight against marine litter, we have achieved long-term monitoring and clean-up of marine litter by having teams of divers adopt different sites, resulting in a long-term monitoring report of marine litter in domestic waters and promoting the implementation of a marine litter policy.

Everyone is an actor in ocean conservation, and we want everyone to join together and push the wall forward a little bit, and we hope that the ocean will still be as beautiful by 2030.

Yufei Jiang

Director, B Corp China Advocacy Team

#Build a better business

  • Yufei Jiang

Sustainability encompasses human sustainability in addition to environmental sustainability. Companies from different sectors are trying a fundamental nature of change. After the failure of more and more traditional business for the environment and society, we start to focus on the stakeholder economy, a model that chases profits, people, and the planet, a world where a balanced symbiotic development is possible. Sustainable business has two dimensions: on the one hand, it looks at whether the business is socially and environmentally friendly, and on the other hand, it looks at whether it can go further and live better. Business can be a force for good, and the force for good can help make business sustainable. Using business to repair the planet is what we hope to do.

We also brought the flowing dance art, cycle dance and crystal ball that originated from Burning Man Festival to the stage. They bring creativity and inspiration as well as endless possibilities.

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