Founders Meeting: Day 1 (30/11)

Goal: To create a Community

A network is, before all, about the people who compose it: Therefore, the first day of the Founders’ Meeting aims  to allow all participants to get acquainted with one another and with one another’s work. It will be a day of short, diverse, lively conversations and experience sharing. While the morning is reserved to the Founders and dedicated to getting to know one another, the afternoon, will be open to a broader public and dedicated to content, visions and methods exploration through discussions, workshops and debates.

Program

MORNING – 9AM: Participants get acquainted in active mode. They interact in small groups, regularly switching groups. Some language diversity is made possible by identifying participants fluent in multiple tongues. Record is kept of ideas, insights and challenges that emerge out of the interaction.

LUNCH – 12:30PM: Buffet, small tables and other settings that facilitate conversations.

AFTERNOON – 2PM to 5:30PM (see detailed program below): Participants present, experience and discuss their respective works, and their ideas about/for the future. This afternoon is also open to a broader public (60-80 additional participants). It will be organized as a small « Festival », with 3 one-hour slots during which 6 to 8 sessions will happen simultaneously:

    1. Workshops around methods, using tools and techniques created or utilised by the founders to help groups or organisations explore new ideas, challenge their visions and expectations, and imagine different alternatives.
    2. Talks, during which 3-4 participants will present their work and thoughts around a given topic, and interact with one another as well as with the public.
    3. Interpellations by audience members, formated around a “shocking affirmation or question” intended to encourage group discussions.

Discover the afternoon’s detailed program below or download a simple table with the whole program >>

EVENING – 7PM: Social, fun, informal event, to create shared memories.

The afternoon's detailed program

14h-15h

WORKSHOPS : Practices and Methods to Stimulate Future Imaginaries

Zone 1

Speculative Resistance: using imagination to come up with future scenarios ranging from the radical to the incremental in order to better understand the assumptions and path dependencies that keep us stuck.

Initiator/Facilitator: Malka Older

Zone 2

Artistic Interpellations: How to play, slam, perform your ideas.

Initiator/Facilitator: Olivier Fournout

Zone 3

If we can see the future we want, we can also shape it! In this interactive workshop, discover and reflect on methods for immersive collaborative storytelling, and why they are so important to future-making.

Initiator/Facilitator: Petra Ardai

TALKS AND ROUNDTABLES

Zone 4: « ANTHROPOCENE »

Speakers:

Moderator: Annick Rivoire

Zone 5: « EVERYDAY »

Speakers:

Moderator: François Lévin

INTERPELLATIONS

Zone 6

Interpellation: « The future is no longer Western: it’ll be…. »

Interpellated:

Moderator: Ketty Steward

Zone 7

Interpellation: « Multiplying narratives of the future is a convenient way to avoid concrete action. »

Interpellated:

Moderator: TBD

15h-16h

WORKSHOPS : Practices and Methods to Stimulate Future Imaginaries

Zone 1

New Metaphors: A semi-structured creative process to generate new ways of thinking about big issues facing humanity.

Initiator/Facilitator: Dan Lockton

Zone 2

Writing Kanji (Chinese letters).

Initiator/Facilitator: Taiyo Fujii

Zone 3

Crossroads, transversality of time in the Anthropocene: How to queer the nature of knowledge, agency and the future?

Initiator/Facilitator: Bayo Akomolafe

TALKS AND ROUNDTABLES

Zone 4: « OTHER FUTURES »

Speakers:

Moderator: Daniel Kaplan

Zone 5: « CREATION »

Speakers:

Moderator: Max Mollon

INTERPELLATIONS

Zone 6

Interpellation: “Once men turned their thinking to machines in the hope that this would set them free, but that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them.” Frank Herbert

Interpellated:

Moderator: Jacques-François Marchandise

Zone 7

Interpellation: « Future narratives always originate from the same kind of people. We’re part of that problem! »

Interpellated:

Moderator: Oulimata Gueye

16h-17h

WORKSHOPS : Practices and Methods to Stimulate Future Imaginaries

Zone 1

Phonvert AI: Workshop to repurpose retired smartphones into context-aware intelligent bots.

Initiator/Facilitator: Tomo Kihara

Zone 2

The House Modernity Built: A Theory of change created by people involved in high intensity struggles, and how it related to YOUR Theory of change.

Initiator/Facilitator: Vanessa Andreotti

Zone 3

World building, science fiction and speculative fiction as scenario planning tools.

Initiator/Facilitator: Ayodele Arigbabu

TALKS AND ROUNDTABLES

Zone 4: « TERRITORIES »

Speakers:

Moderator: Yoan Olivier

Zone 5: « TECHNOSOCIAL »

Speakers:

Moderator: Geoffrey Delcroix

INTERPELLATIONS

Zone 6

Interpellation: « Our addiction to economic growth is the main obstacle to climate action. »

Interpellated:

Moderator: Estelle Hary

Zone 7

Interpellation: « Dystopias and Utopias both describe closed futures that restrain imaginative agency! »

Interpellated:

Moderator: TBD

Practical Information

Ground Control ParisWhen?

Friday 11/30, 9am-5:30 pm, + social evening from 7:30 pm onwards

Where?

9am-5:30pm: Ground Control, 81 Rue du Charolais, 75012 Paris (map)

Evening: Péniche (barge) La Grande Fantaisie, 3 Quai de l’Oise, 75019 Paris (map)

 

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