The Founders' Meeting
Who Will Take Part?The Founder’s Meeting will gather around 60 individuals from all over the world. These individuals will be chosen because they
- Develop and/or research practices that mobilize the resources of the imaginary to explore alternative futures;
- Are active parts of group networks of like-minded people, and;
- Are likely to express interest in contributing to the foundation and work of U+.
What Will We Try to Achieve?
- Allow all participants to really get to know each other, by organizing moments exclusively dedicated to mutual discovery and meaningful interactions (small group meetings, social moments…);
- Allow participants to discover and be inspired by each other’s work – and provide a moment during the event, open to the public, so they also find out more about the initiatives and projects of the participants (exhibition, leaflets, talks, panels…);
- Facilitate collaborations among participants (“unconference” formats, workshops, ect.);
- Collectively build the founding act and priorities of U+: this will be the focus of day 2.
What Will Be the Meeting’s Outputs?
- The core outputs will be the Plurality University’s Mission Statement, goals, values, and action priorities. A dedicated website will be ready to publish this material, as well as other outputs.
- Supporting outputs will be the collective map of people, organizations, and works; video recordings of all participants, lists of insights and projects, shared takeaways.
- A partnership with Usbek & Rica magazine will produce journalistic articles, published in French and English under a Creative Commons license.
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Before the Meeting: Build up Knowledge, Map the TerritoryOnline, participants are encouraged to introduce themselves and their work, to nominate other individuals or groups they think should take part, and to share relevant content. The interactions will contribute to a collective map of people, organizations, productions and ideas.
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"We need to think about how different ideas/values of the future is linked to our cultural and ethnic values. How do we promote an approach that is not just Western driven, and to nuance this a lot more, how can we include more feminist, in particular feminist women of colour in futures."
Agnès Yun, fondatrice et PDG d'Organic Media Lab, un réseau de laboratoires expérimentant la transformation des médias et des affaires.
He develops and designs VR Experiences to explore new pathway in this emerging medium and further than that, re-imagine and construct alternative futures through speculative design of virtual realities.
As Co-founder and Director of Superflux, she hopes to realise our vision of the Studio as a new kind of design practice, responsive to the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century.
Andrew's projects have been exhibited from Oklahoma to Yokohama, including the 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015) and a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2016). He is also an Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, research associate at the Field Museum of Natural History, and a member of the art & ecology collective Deep Time Chicago.
Much of Andrew’s work focuses on issues of systemic and social resilience. Andrew currently oversees the ecological, humanitarian, and sustainable development portfolio of Planet, a breakthrough geospatial imaging organization. Planet has deployed the largest constellation of Earth-observing satellites in history.
Koosha has released a number of electronic albums and innovative projects since 2015, after a few years of working as sound designer and experimentalist. His skills in foley art and experiments with sound science led him to creating his 'nano-composing' methodology, using microtones and recorded sound in musical compositions.
Ayodele Arigbabu is a writer, architect and creative technologist with over 15 years’ experience delivering projects that cut across architecture, design, film, digital media, publishing, event production and curation; and the development of digital and interactive arts and applications.
To learn the importance of insignificance" is the way he frames a desire to reacquaint himself with a world that is irretrievably entangled, preposterously alive and completely partial.
Art historian and artistic director Brigitte van der Sande has an interdisciplinary approach of international cultural topics, and seeks new connections between different worlds and audiences.
Chris Julien is responsible for the collective research agenda and methodology of Waag and maintains Waag’s international research network. In it, individuals as ethical actors are placed centre-stage throughout the entire chain of research, design and implementation of social innovation.
He is interested in how we understand the world—institutions, the environment, cities, infrastructures, technologies and complex systems around us—how they, in turn, understand us, and how design can help us understand our own agency differently in imagining and creating futures.
Daniel uses big data analysis and in-person interviews to help us understand the future. For more than 20 years, the DTN has facilitated more than a 100 leadership, innovation and scenario planning sessions on four continents, leading to groundbreaking strategic initiatives as well as breakthrough innovation.
Dougald Hine is a British-born, Sweden-based social thinker, writer and initiator of a series of projects, including School of Everything, Spacemakers (a 'utopian regeneration agency'), the Dark Mountain Project and – most recently – HOME: A School for Culturemakers.
Elliott's work focuses on speculative alternatives at the confluence of social, technological and environmental impact. He is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Design at Parsons School of Design, and is co-founder of The Extrapolation Factory, a design-futures studio based in Brooklyn.
Ivor runs the StoryTime micro-press, publisher of the African Roar and AfroSF series of anthologies, and is on the advisory boards of Writers International Network Zimbabwe and The Village Square Journal. His own works have appeared in many publications.
Jacques is responsible for the Mind the Future program, a futures literacy and foresight program run at technology park Porto Digital. He’s helped more than 50 startups be more futures-ready and present proof using a foresight approach using design futures - a blend of foresight, design research and strategic narratives.
James recent research projects include a 3 year study on the Portuguese island of Madeira using the location as a living laboratory through a combination of fictional and factual multi-scale energy-related design solutions.
Jorge has worked on the development of Transicion19s, a transition design toolkit developed specifically to work with diverse stakeholders in Mexico who are interested in driving transition towards sustainable futures in Mexico City.
Malka has more than a decade of field experience in humanitarian aid and development, her science fiction political thriller Infomocracywas named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus and her doctoral work explores the dynamics of post-disaster improvisation in governments.
As Director of the Speculative Literature Foundation, I work with others to promote literary quality in speculative fiction. We encourage promising new writers, assist established writers, facilitate the work of quality magazines and small presses in the genre, and develop a greater public appreciation of speculative fiction, which helps us all envision new ways of seeing the world.
Maya's current research is focused on what she calls the “multispecies polity,” philosophy of language, and expanding studies of political membership beyond the human-centric. Maya is founder of the Anthropocenic Entanglements Research & Curatorial Platform, and the Guerilla Think Tank for Ecological Justice.
"One of my iconic works and more relevant today, is the development of a Caribbean Science Fiction scene that takes into account the Afro-Futurist movement"
A big fan of experimental-punk-weird music and films, Miguel Llansó studied philosophy and cinema. His films are made from a dystopian sci-fi and Afrofuturism experience.
"Equality and diversity in speculative fiction are two of my major goals. In a different world, is white still the dominant race of humans? Do poverty, homophobia, ableism and other discriminations exist in other worlds, among other species that are not even human? Do nations exist? Is war still the solution to global disagreements? How do we imagine worlds that are free of the biases that exist in the world we have?"
"I think its emblematic in terms of thinking critically about what it means to do research at new scales and about creating institutional spaces and models that might support new forms of work, while insisting on ongoing engagement with critical questions in the humanities, and without homogenizing all practices."
Oulimata Gueye co-hosted numerous international multi-disciplinary artistic events dedicated to contemporary art, urban and electronic cultures. One of her projects, Africa sf, is that the economic, technological, political, social and aesthetic upheaval the African continent has undergone is now fostering the development of imaginary worlds revolving around technology and sciences.
Petra Ardai is the artistic leader of the Amsterdam and Budapest based SPACE. SPACE has wide experience in documentary theatre and immersive collaborative storytelling in divers media and using words, music, smell, taste, movement and visuals… the sensory and cognitive are equally important in the storytelling.
Her work mostly involves futures research, knowledge-collaborations and content intelligence within the framework of human security. She has worked with multilateral donors and aid agencies, news organizations and multinationals in advancing development efforts in Pakistan.
In her professional career, Rocio joins dramaturgy, directing, acting, dancing, choreographing. She is the Artistic Director of the company, Pulso, where she deploys her universe in her creations and in the process of dramaturgy of the body and new media.
An ambassador of the Seasteading Institute to India, his writings explore alternate futures, fluid identities and open movement across shifting geographies and borders. He has a degree from Film and Television Institute of India, and has written a feature film, and produced videos and documentaries for channels including National Geographic.
Sangkyo Rho is the author of several books including Organic Business. His research interests include organic networks, organic media, big data, and blockchain.
Architect and anthropologist, Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou is the creator of the collaborative research platform on African architecture and city issues 'L'Africaine d'architecture' and founder of WoeLab, a network of Togolese grassroots tech-hubs whose ambition is to "make everyone equal in the face of technology".
Shadreck is one of the leading cultural managers and writers who dares to defy stereo types of African literature and who is changing the perception of Malawian writing. He founded The Story Club Malawi; a rallying-ground for writers, critics and readers, a space for exchanging thoughts that support the growth of art in Malawi.
Dr. Mahmud focuses on the critical needs of the society using systems integration supplemented with optimized connectivity to support health, education, and public safety.
Sheba investigates questions of gender, eco-philosophy, violence and visual cultures, with emphasis on the recuperation of cultural memory. An activist/photographer in the women’s movement in the 1980s, Chhachhi moved on to create intimate, sensorial encounters through large multimedia installations.
Taiyo Fujii is president of SFWJ - Science Fiction and Fantsy Writers of Japan. He wrote and published his first novel via Kindle by developing a specific software design.
Through combining creative coding and physical prototyping, Tomo designs social interactions that provoke and challenge the reality. His recent project Street Debaters aims to change the act of begging into a job to create public discourse through playful artifacts.
My work focuses on the limits of a single modern/colonial imaginary of progress, development and human evolution and the adjacent possibilities of setting our horizons of hope beyond what we can imagine within modern institutions and ways of knowing and being.
Wytske has published five books so far (four novels and one non-fiction), which have won national prizes. Apart from her artistic work, she has published on topics ranging from environmental discourse and climate change, via trauma, domestic violence and the sublime, to health care issues and homelessness.
My recent project with Swarovski, Home Shrine tries to illustrate an alternative approach in creating an interaction between us and digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home.