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In THIS IS FORWARDISM, we and our guests take you on a journey through time. You can look forward to stories for those and about those who move like water, bring change like the wind, and rise again and again like the sun itself! 

27 May 2022

In our audio series THIS IS FORWARDISM we talk to creative minds with the collective mindset to shape what’s next. Designers, artists, entrepreneurs, social leaders – people who are stepping up and moving our world forward. Together with them we’re trying to put pieces together to create a picture of the future and we want to know what the term Forwardism means to them. 

One new episode each week, one new guest each week, and one step forward each week. Get ready for a journey through time. Tune in.



Yomi Adegoke is a multi-award-winning journalist and author. She writes about identity, feminism, popular culture, society, and politics. She has worked for “ITN”, “Channel 4 News”, “Vogue”, “The Guardian”, and “The Independent”, among others, and was a “Featured Honoree” on the 2021 “Forbes 30 Under 30” list. Yomi is shaping a new generation and has often been called a pioneer in recent years. In 2018, she co-authored the book, “Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible”, with author Elizabeth Uviebinene, for which she received the Groucho Maverick Award. She is currently writing her debut novel “The List”, which is due for release in 2023. Yomi Adegoke is a thought leader and embraces Forwardism in her own way.

FORWARDISM #04 | Nono Konopka cycles around the world for a very good cause | BMW Podcast

Welcome back to the thought-leaders podcast! Yomi Adegoke is again embarking on a journey toward the future this week. She is joined today by Nono Konopka. Nono is an author, entrepreneur, film producer, podcaster and speaker – there’s almost nothing Nono doesn’t love and will do. Well, except for one thing – biking! It is a great twist of fate, then, that this man and his friend traveled from Berlin to Beijing a few years ago – by bicycle. Out of his comfort zone, onto the saddle and straight into the big wide world – and all for a great cause. This journey inspired him to produce “Biking Borders,” one of the most-watched documentaries on Netflix. A crazy journey watched and supported by people from all over the world. He talks to us about his lessons for living a truly fulfilled life, his mission, and new ways of fundraising. One question Nono has asked himself over and over again in recent years is: What do I really want in life? Let’s find out together if he has found the answer.

FORWARDISM #03 | Marie Aigner pushes boundaries with sound-absorbing design | BMW Podcast

Friday is here again, and that means a new view, a new vision, a new journey. In today’s episode, our host Yomi Adegoke creates a picture of the future together with architect and designer Marie Aigner. Marie is known for her urban and classic solutions in interior architecture, furniture design and product development. Not only is she a multitalented architect, she is also a true pioneer – producing smart and aesthetic solutions for sound-absorbing design. Wondering what that is all about? Marie Aigner and Yomi Adegoke will tell you. They also talk about the impact of sustainability on work and everyday life, and look at the job of the designer in the metaverse.

FORWARDISM #02 | Noonoouri and Joerg Zuber turn the digital world of influencers upside down | BMW Podcast

If you thought the first episode was all there was, then we’ve got good news for you. There’s more! Today, our presenter Yomi doesn’t just have one guest, but two – and only one of them is real. And we can tell you this: You will get a never-before-heard treat today. Noonoouri and her creative director, Joerg Zuber, are our guests. Noonoouri is an influencer with over 400,000 Instagram followers and collaborations with the biggest luxury and fashion brands, but there is more to her than that – she only exists in the virtual world. She was created by Joerg Zuber, a visionary, designer and artist who is always one step ahead. Are you ready for Noonoouri’s podcast debut? Then enjoy the inspiring world of Joerg and Noonoouri. 

FORWARDISM #01 | Dian-Jen Lin fights climate change with living textiles | BMW Podcast

What if your clothes could photosynthesize and release oxygen? Difficult to picture? Then we’ll help your imagination run wild. In the first episode of THIS IS FORWARDISM, our host Yomi Adegoke talks with a creative multitalent: Dian-Jen Lin. Dian-Jen Lin has already showcased her ideas in many creative areas. Nowadays, she is a designer, researcher, scientist, and artist. Together with her colleague Hannes Hulstaert, she founded Post Carbon Lab, a transdisciplinary design research and development company. They bring clothing to life with their Photosynthetic Coatings™ approach. Intrigued yet? Press play and hear what drives Dian-Jen and how she sees the future of textile production.

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This article is part of our series THIS IS FORWARDISM. These are stories for those and about those, with the collective mindset to shape what’s next. For those committed to tomorrow, restlessly striving for more. Not only enriching themselves but enriching those around them. For those with progressiveness as their natural state.  Forwardism is the joy of seeing and feeling the future before it’s been created and continually challenging convention to push for certainty of a better experience when we get there. It means questioning convention today to ensure lasting joy tomorrow, and beyond.

Author & Producer: Julia Niedermeier; Art: Lucas Lemuth, Madita O'Sullivan, Caroline Wabra; Sound: David Georgos Koulakiotis, Henrik José