[Virtual Gathering] Speculative Design + Social Dreaming

On Thursday, March 26th we’re inviting folks from around the world to join us for a special virtual gathering. The format is that of a salon meets design sprint meets game design jam.

This is the first in a series of virtual gatherings from Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab, Fake Artists, Minkowski and many many more to come.

To participate PLEASE take a moment to fill out the following form. We’re using it to help form design teams.

We’re looking for a couple of volunteers too. Please see below.

We’ll be hosting this gathering via ZOOM. Full details will be provided here and via email in advance of March 26th.

We are living in an extreme present, one that threatens to command all our energies, extinguish the future and our imagination along with it. But times of volatility can be precisely the right time to take a deep breath, virtually hold hands and lift our heads up to look just beyond the horizon. What ugly things got us here that we were unwilling to look in the eye? What faulty structures are revealing themselves to us across different domains? What emergent behaviors have you observed that have given you hope and that you feel are worthwhile hanging onto once we return to more stable realities?

Instead of just hoping to return to our old normal, what would it mean to collectively muster our courage, creativity and resilience to plant seeds now that would take us down different and more desirable paths once we emerge from this pandemic?

Special guests include a mixture of storytellers, futurists, game designers, systems thinkers, hackers and makers.

All are welcome! However please note that space is limited. If you’d like to join us please take a few minutes to fill out the following form.

For those who can’t attend, don’t fret we’ll make sure to document the gathering and share what emerges.

We’re looking for a couple of people to help us with logistics during the virtual gathering. We need assistance with documentation and various ZOOM logistics. If you’re interested please message us. Thanks!

*Image credit – Stuart Candy, Future Cone, Dunne and Raby, Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming (2013)