april, 2021

24apr4:00 pm6:00 pm【NEW!】#thefutureof - M TALKS 米氏论坛


Event Details

Launching our new series of talks…


The Future of Champagne…

 Saturday, April 24th, Glam, 4-6pm

 周六, 4月24日, 魅蓝, 下午4点至6点

What will the future look like? What do you want the future to look like? Engaging the realities emerging across technology, industry and humanity in the wake of COVID-19, we believe now is the time for us to come together and reimagine what we want our future to be.

#thefutureof is a new monthly series that takes place in the warm comfortable surroundings of M GLAM overlooking the historic Shanghai waterfront. In this decidedly non-lecture format, we will share stimulating conversation with a wide variety of experts, academics, professionals and industry hosts about the future of the world. From The Future of Mobility to The Future of Money, The Future of Intimacy to The Future of Ageing, The Future of Waste to The Future of Spirituality, we’ll cover the gamut to challenge, inspire, and broaden your view. 

To kick things off with a celebratory bang, let’s pop the cork with world renowned author and Duke Kunshan Professor Kolleen Guy, and drink to the Future of Champagne.

The Future of Champagne… 

 Saturday April 24th, 4-6pm

Associated with luxury and celebration, Champagne is one of the most recognized beverages in the world. Far from being a frivolous topic, Champagne is a story about global branding and national identity. We will discuss: 

• How did France and Champagne become synonymous with luxury, elegance and sophistication? 

• How has French style come to influence the whole world? 

• How is the rise of Asia and the power of the Chinese market influencing the styles and tastes of Champagne makers in France? 

Champagne is the perfect lens through which to examine the intersections of style, culture and taste in France, China and across the world. To guide us in these conversations is Professor Kolleen Guy from Duke Kunshan University, whose book When Champagne Became French: Wine and the Making of a National Identity won the Cliquot Wine Book of the Year Competition and who has been quoted in The New York Times and The Washington Post

During this structured tasting of three sparkling wines, including Champagne, Professor Guy will recount a series of vignettes that illustrate key trends in the evolution of Champagne. You will then be invited to engage in dialogue with your fellow participants regarding the future of taste, style and brand identity.

Talk & Tastings & Canapés

250rmb per person

Talk & Tastings & Canapés

& dinner with Kolleen, M 

and the organizers

500rmb per person


M Glam 魅蓝


7F, No.5 The Bund, Shanghai

#thefutureof is a project founded by Shanghai community leaders in partnership with Duke Kunshan University. Our aim is to deepen our collective insight into trends that are defining our future ways of life. Engaging technology, industry, arts and culture the project collaborators are curating a series of monthly conversations in Shanghai facilitated by topical experts and inspirational leaders.

The future truly lies in our hands. We invite you to join us in the comfortable surroundings of our lovely Glam to join in our discussions, exchange ideas, and build the future that we seek together.

Michelle Garnaut AO – Founder of M on the Bund & M Glam, Shanghai International Literary Festival (SILF), Mentor Walks (Beijing & Shanghai), M Talks China, M Literary Residency, Crystal Chamber Music.

James Miller – Co-director of the Humanities Research Center, Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Strategy, and Professor at Duke Kunshan University (DKU).

O Koo – Investor and Entrepreneur. O has invested, co-founded and sold multiple tech startups, published a white paper for the UNFCCC CDM for emission reduction on lighting technologies, and more recently launched a Chinese wine brand in China. O started his career with Merrill Lynch, and held management roles in GE and Dow Chemical.

Kimberly Wong – Entrepreneur and community builder. She believes in creating positive systemic change through building both businesses and communities. She has also started her own fashion line and serves as the Chairperson of Democrats Abroad China and co-founder of Asian Americans Together.

Pei Yen – Entrepreneur, Start-Up Mentor, President of Shanghai Duke Alumni Association. Pei believes education is the extraordinary work of human development and the soul of all other industries. He is passionate about mentorship and supporting others through angel investment.


Coming Up… 


The Future of Mobility

Saturday, May 29th

The Future of Spirituality

Saturday, June 26th


(Saturday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm



No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu)