Hey SciFly Readers!
Writing to you today from Austin Texas where I have been staying this weekend to work do a retreat with the rest of the Design Futures Initiative Board.
As the title of this newsletter implies, we got both very practical and absolutely hilarious, as you do when you bring a bunch of speculative designers together in one room for 2 days. There was much talk about putting 'late capitalism' in the parking lot, and several iterations of ideas around futures cones, futures spheres, spheres of cones, and even a worldwide Speculative Futures Meetupu 'future cones' party where everyone can use locally contextual ingredients to make their own 'future cone' combinations. 😇
Suffice it to say I am 100% burnt out after two days of non-stop work trying to figure out what we are about, how we can best connect our international community, and leverage the power of our speculative network (which has kind of grown up over night from 4 Meetups to almost 40 in a couple years) in order to raise up wonderful work that is being done, share new frameworks and best practices, and most importantly, convene speculative practitioners and futures designers to consider how we might work on big challenges in new ways, with new tools, and new mindsets.
With that, I'll leave you some fun pictures of our trip in Austin and bid you farwell until I'm back in NYC next week.
Also, make sure to check out these 2 super cool events either taking place or starting this week. I will probably be at the Festival of New at some point (just look for any event around emerging tech, futures, or accelerating social change and that's my jam!), so ping me if you will be stopping by!
The Festival of New
October 1st - October 6th
The New School, NYC
Since 1919, The New School has been home to scholars, creators, and activists who challenge convention and boldly make their mark on the world. To celebrate this groundbreaking legacy, we are opening our doors to the public for a weeklong festival of innovative performances, talks, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, and more.
See Schedule & RSVP
The Third Way | 2019 Core77 Conference
New Lab, BK
What future do you want to see?
Are we ready to move past innovation for innovation's sake into a new, more conscious era of design? How can you as a designer prepare for this next wave to hit your industry? Clear your calendar for October 4th and join us at New Lab for the 2019 Core77 Conference: The Third Wave to explore these questions and more.
See Schedule & RSVP
Read on for this week's great speculative events!