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The Retrofuturist Chronicles

SAP, Inspiration for the Future

What is retrofuturism? The future as seen from the past? The past as seen from the future? Or perhaps just nostalgia for a time when innovation was looked on with romance and optimism. In nearly every aspect, the world today is a better than at any other time in human history. And our future? Our future is in the hands of today’s youth …


The Retrofuturist Chronicles center on a 12-year-old girl named Miranda who is affable and bright but disempowered because of her age. Each episode begins with Miranda expressing concerns about something in her life.


In turn, those concerns always remind Miranda’s kind-of-crazy retrofuturist spinster Aunt Natalie of some extraordinary absurdist exploit that she’s had. Aunt Natalie’s tall tales are never constrained by time, place, logic, or even laws of physics. She often invokes historic people and incidents and makes outrageous claims. But she inspires Miranda with fantastic tales of past innovations that have just enough truth in them to be intriguing and uplifting.


Our host, SAP’s Global Vice President of Marketing for the Intelligent Enterprise and Industries, provides commentary at the conclusion of each story, separating the patently nonsensical from the nearly unbelievable reality.


Finally, we’re joined by SAP’s Futurist at and VP of Industries who, together, explore the future of innovation, industry by industry.


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Welcome to The Retrofuturist Chronicles
Welcome to The Retrofuturist Chronicles
Key LinksGet inspired. Check out more about the future at www.InspireTheFuture.com.  What is retrofuturism? The future as seen from the past? The past as seen from the future? Or perhaps just nostalgia for a time when innovation was looked on with romance and optimism. In nearly every aspect, the world today is a better than at any other time in human history. And our future? Our future is in the hands of today’s youth …The Retrofuturist Chronicles center on a 12-year-old girl named Miranda who is affable and bright but disempowered because of her age. Each episode begins with Miranda expressing concerns about something in her life. In turn, those concerns always remind Miranda’s kind-of-crazy retrofuturist spinster Aunt Natalie of some extraordinary absurdist exploit that she’s had. Aunt Natalie’s tall tales are never constrained by time, place, logic, or even laws of physics. She often invokes historic people and incidents and makes outrageous claims. But she inspires Miranda with fantastic tales of past innovations that have just enough truth in them to be intriguing and uplifting.Our host, SAP’s Global Vice President of Marketing for the Intelligent Enterprise and Industries, Helen Dwight, provides commentary at the conclusion of each story, separating the patently nonsensical from the nearly unbelievable reality.Finally, we’re joined by SAP’s Futurist Martin Wezowski and VP of Industries Pradeep Amladi who, together, explore the future of innovation, industry by industry.Produced by SAP. Follow us on TwitterNew season coming early 2021!
Nov 3 2020
1 min
Direct-to-Penguin Sales
Key LinksGet inspired. Check out more about the future for the consumer products industry at www.inspirethefuture.com/consumer-products.Twelve-year-old Miranda looks to the future with trepidation. On the verge of maturity, she enjoys the new-found freedom of being able to make some of her own choices. However, making even small decisions at that age can be intimidating and facing an undetermined future can be overwhelming. Recently, Miranda has been staying with her beloved Aunt Natalie, who always has a great story to tell and a taste for adventure. Aunt Natalie claims to belong to a secret sisterhood of retrofuturist innovators called CRISIS. As you will learn, retrofuturism examines how the past imagined the future, and how the future can be informed by the past.In this episode, Miranda decides to become a social media influencer. This prompts Aunt Natalie to tell how the secret sisterhood to which she belongs once spearheaded a rescue mission to Antarctica to find a group of researchers who got lost looking for the lost city of the Elder Things. The rescuers included a waddle of 300 penguins.The episode concludes with SAP executives discussing how online shopping and social media have impacted the consumer products industry. And how all of these things ultimately are about two subcategories: your being the protagonist of your own innovation story, which is your purpose, and how consumer products companies build lasting relationships in the market.Produced by SAP.Follow us on TwitterNew season coming early 2021!
Nov 17 2020
17 mins
A Tale of Two CrisesOil and Water
Key LinksGet inspired. Check out more about the future for the oil and gas industry at www.inspirethefuture.com/oil-gas.In this episode, young Miranda informs her Aunt Natalie that she’s trying to make bombs, but she’s stressed because it’s not going very well. To Aunt Natale’s relief, they’re bath bombs made with essential oils. This triggers one of Aunt Natale’s outrageous memories, in which she worked with a German physicist named London in the United States. The team was trying to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen in an attempt to build a water engine as part of Winston Churchill’s Special Operations Executive. Although the Cosmopolitan Retrofuturistic Innovator’s Secret Investigative Sisterhood’s efforts to build a working water engine are ongoing (CRISIS never gives up), their efforts highlight how alternative energy sources are nothing new.Miranda expresses concern that oil and gas are destroying the planet. Fortunately, her aunt takes the time to explain that oil and gas themselves are a natural part of the planet and they’re inanimate, so they’re not inherently evil. But she also points out that the entire world needs to be cautious about how we obtain our resources and how we use them.The episode concludes with SAP executives discussing the need for innovation and efficiency for oil and gas procurement since alternative energy sources can only be part of the solution, and fossil fuels are a finite commodity.Produced by SAP. Follow us on TwitterNew season coming early 2021!
Nov 24 2020
18 mins
Lost Memories and Other OxymoronsTapped OutWatered DownOn the FlyCrises and All That JazzPranks a Lot
Key LinksGet inspired. Check out more about the future for the telecommunications industry at www.inspirethefuture.com/telecommunications.Miranda decides to play a small prank on Aunt Natalie, and fortunately her aunt has a great sense of humor about it. However, Aunt Natalie takes the opportunity to advise her young niece about the distinction between constructive and destructive behavior by relating a story about an innocent prank phone call that went terribly wrong.It seems that the mayor of Grappen, Netherlands received a call from someone claiming to be the esteemed microbiologist, Dr. Johannes De Nep. He informed the mayor that their entire water system was infected with a dangerous chemical called “dihydrogen monoxide,” a colorless - odorless chemical that’s associated with many known toxic substances, including fertilizers, pesticides, and industrial solvents. It’s highly regulated internationally and continues to be a cause of many environmental disasters. It’s been used in the production of pharmaceuticals, plastics, and adhesives, and has extensive military applications. It’s also popular among substance abusers. Altogether, it contributes to millions of dollars in property damage and thousands of deaths each year.The town acted quickly but shutting down the water supply kicked off a chain reaction with dire consequences. And the prankster got fourteen years in jail and had to pay for the entire cleanup.The episode concludes with SAP executives discussing how the ability to deliver compelling services and unique customer experiences while protecting privacy and ensuring security is key for the telecommunications industry.Produced by SAP. Follow us on TwitterNew season coming early 2021!
Dec 15 2020
17 mins
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