The Founders' Meeting
The founding moment of U+ took the shape of a two day international encounter, in Paris, on November 30 and December 1, 2018.
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What Did 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 (this part was open to the public);
- Facilitate collaborations among participants (“unconference” formats, workshops, etc.);
- Collectively build the founding act and priorities of U+: this was the sole focus of day 2.
What Were the Meeting’s Outputs?
- A (plural) vision of the Plurality University Network’s goals and visions – a « Plurifest »,
- The choice of initial collective actions for 2019,
- And key decisions on the Plurality University Network’s governance.
Nov. 30: Create a Community
A network if all about people: Therefore, the goal of the Founders’ Meeting’s first day was to allow all participants to get acquainted with one another and with one another’s work. It was a day of short, diverse, lively conversations and experiences.
Dec.1: Found U+ Together
On the Founders Meeting’s 2nd day, we dreamt the futures of U+. Then we imagined, described and started to choose the Plurality University’s first common activities and projects, as well as its principles of action and governance.
40 individuals from all over the world, plus 20 from France: Science-fiction writers, speculative designers, artists, musicians, choregraphers, creative futurists, social innovators, utopians and who mobilize the power of imaginaries to explore alternative futures; Are active parts of groups and networks interested in these practices and their effects; Are interested in actively contributing to the foundation and work of U+.
Open Doors (Portes Ouvertes)
The afternoon on November 30 was open to a broader public, and organized as a “Festival” of workshops, conferences and conversations.