Used to be: Sundays (usually) of Every Month, Noon-4pm
(plus optional lunch before, coffee, dinner, movie after). Join
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Used to be: UCLA, Student Union Area. Scroll down
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Directions and Parking
MEETING ROOM (used to be one of these):
Ackerman Student Union,
Room 2408 or 201A&B
Rooms 131/133 or 417
These are all a short walk from Parking Lot 6
at the center of the UCLA campus (see map).
A rough outline of format and process
Now in 15 cities and online (Second Life).
Improving the way
we look at the future.
LAFS is Sponsored By:
This is the archive site for:
Future Salon (LAFS) at UCLA
Improving the Way We Look at the Future.
LAFS at UCLA brings interesting speakers, resources, and demos to
the UCLA campus each month. Our mission is to explore fascinating,
useful, and profitable topics
in Science, Technology, Business, and Social
Change, for the purpose of Education, Discussion,
and Networking with other change-oriented and future-interested
people. Your voice is very important to the process. Join us!
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LA Groups We Recommend
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online members, 20-40 attending each month. See
you at our next meeting!
LAFS at UCLA
stopped operation in July 2007, after seven great years (see Past
Salons at left) when Salon founder John
Smart moved to Mountain View, CA. If you'd like to reboot this Future Salon, email John
or visit ASF's Future
Salon Network page for tips!
2012 Update: Josie
Roman and Peter Voss have rebooted the LA
Future Salon in Downtown LA, as of March 2012. Check it out!
also check out Doug Campbell and Adam Mefford's Mindshare
LA, another great LA futurist gathering.
2015 Update: These LAFS
archives will stay open to public access, for those interested in exploring
future oriented thinkers and speaker in the great city of LA.
Salons Archive for a list of past LAFS speakers and topics.
See ASF Future
Salon Network page for links to other Future Salons (now
in 9 cities).
Los Angeles Area Groups, Meetups, and Events Lists That We Recommend
Looking for other cool creative, techie, future-aware, and dynamic groups
in the LA area? Want more interesting events around the great metropolis
for your calendar? Here are some recommendated browsing sites, from our
members. Many of these have email/events lists. One fine day we'll be
able to subscribe to event feeds on each these sites and have them all
stream into one single online calendar! With meeting
directions sent to our car nav systems, alarms SMS texted to our wearable
cellphones, and one click e-commerce signup. No more email overload! OK,
tech entrepreneurs, who's going to invent that for us?!
ACM (Association for Computing Machinery). LA
Area Student Chapters: (CSULA,
LA Area Professional Chapters:
Los Angeles Chapter,
1st Wednesdays each month. Free. Loyola Marymount University. General
interest in computers.
Angeles SIGGRAPH, 1st or 2nd Tuesdays each mo. $35/yr. In-depth on
the latest in computer graphics. Great Group.
Orange County ACM SIGCHI. Yahoo
Group. How humans interact with computer technology.
APCUG (Assn of Personal
Computer User Groups) in California. Oldskool monthly social networks
for IT learning.
BarCamp Los Angeles.
Everyone is a presenter, learning together. Also laid back Geek
Dinners. Highly recommended.
Enigma. UCLA Science
Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Gaming Club. Great group of creative thinkers.
Monthly science and freethinker presentations and discussion at CFI
West. Free. Hollywood.
Calendar Live. Reviews, events
and things to do in Southern California, from the Los Angeles Times.
Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum.
Encouraging the growth and success of tech-based ventures in Southern
CA. Great network.
Craigs List LA Events.
Massive list of events posted daily. Hard to navigate, and lots of spam,
but some gems.
DJ Wolfie. Wolfie's (best LA-Area
DJ) great list for local warehouse and underground parties. Lots of cool,
Dorkbot SoCal. New media
and tinkering group. "People doing strange things with electricity."
Entretec (Pasadena). High
tech industry association for Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley. Interesting
& Technology Group (ExecTec) of LA. For tech and entertainment
execs. $25/mtg. Joel Ordesky.
Flavorpill LA. Nice weekly
email of a hand-picked selection of local cultural events. Recommended.
Fool's Guild. Renaissance Faire
folk who love foolish fun. April Fools, New Year, & Halloween Parties.
Gemini Manor. Fantabulous
house in east Hollywood. Alexander Lehr. Burning
Man crowd. Great Halloween party.
Hike the Geek LA. Weekly
LA area hikes then dining with a great group of intellectual, geeky types.
Hollywood Hill. Great monthly salons on digital media and social activism.
$120/year + $10/event. Hollywood and West LA.
Films. Fun and inspiring community that makes and shows films made
by small teams in just two days..
Investors Business Daily Meetup Groups (South
Bay, Santa Monica).
Investment support and education community.
Longevity/ Singularity / Futurist dinner-discussion group in Marina del
Rey. Peter Voss. Recommended.
LA Burners Tribe. Los Angeles
area Burning Man crowd. LA Decom,
October of every year. Super cool, creative folks.
LA Burning Man Regional Network.
Also LA Burners Tribe. Throw
the LA Decom, Oct every year. Super cool, creative folks.
LA Drum Circle Meetup.
Hand drumming get togethers in the LA area (Beaches, etc.). Fun!
LAFS (Los Angeles
Future Salon). The coolest monthly futures group. UCLA/Westwood. You
know you want to join!
LA Report. News, views,
and social/entertainment/art events
for LA. By Don Rose, LAFS member.
LARTA (LA Regional Technology Alliance).
Regular events for
technology and business entrepreneurs and investors.
LA Tech Meetup. Monthly
show and tell ("nerds, creatives, entrepeneurs, investors, etc.").
LAVA (Los Angeles Venture Association).
Development and financing of emerging growth companies. Great events.
Long Beach Book Club
Meetup. They read and discuss a variety of books.
Long Beach Cashflow Meetup.
Play the investment and entrepreneur training game Cashflow. "Get
out of the Rat Race."
LASFS (Los Angeles
Science Fantasy Society). Weekly Thursday evening meetings. Lending
library. North Hollywood.
Area Meetups. Huge selection of great meetups, by specialty.
Philosophy in LA. In-depth
discussion of philosophical questions. 3rd Sundays in the Santa Monica/
West LA area.
Reading Physics in LA.
Monthly science/physics reading group meetup.
Society. Monthly science and skeptical inquiry meetings at Cal Tech,
Pasadena. Highly recommended.
Technology Council of Southern California.
Excellent LA events for technology execs and investors. Highly recommended.
Time Out - A
Southern California social group. A variety of cool, alternative social
events. Angie Marie.
Tribe.net, LA Area Tribes.
Moderate selection of interesting local tribes.
Venice/Santa Monica Book
Club Meetup. Read and discuss a new book every month. A variety of
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