"If, as the saying goes, 'politics is the art of the possible', it follows that we need arts in order to multiply possibilities." Bruno Latour, 2016

The Plurality University (U+) emerges from a belief that, in the face of today’s and tomorrow’s transitions, we will only find ways to act upon our futures by explicitly building on the power of imaginaries. Not in order to write a single grand narrative for the future, but rather to enable the creation and sharing of multiple stories and other imaginary productions, from every cardinal point in our multipolar world.

To this end, U+ intends to be an open, global, diverse collective that detects, connects, and federates people or organizations who mobilize the resources of the imaginary to broaden the scope of thinkable futures: activist artists and sci-fi authors, speculative designers, reflexive utopians, creative futures thinkers, engaged researchers, etc.

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Events

Date/heure Évènement
04/09/2018
18 h 00 - 21 h 00
4e séminaire U+ : quels outils pour "actionner" les imaginaires ?
Ensci – les Ateliers, Paris
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Most dangerous thread ever for those who intend to get any work done during the next 3 years...

Read my reflections on co-facilitating a workshop that used science fiction narratives to imaging the future of tech for democracy! https://t.co/GbX6CPoivZ

Things that happen in Silicon Valley and also the Soviet Union:

- waiting years to receive a car you ordered, to find that it's of poor workmanship and quality

- promises of colonizing the solar system while you toil in drudgery day in, day out

Anne-Laure Thessard, doctorante en philosophie spécialiste des interactions homme/animal/machine, a imaginé un scénario sur la libération à venir des animaux d’élevage destinés à la consommation https://t.co/3z76jowhBn

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