Come meet everyone on October 16: Info session about our new Worldbuilding academy!

Hi everyone! We’re launching a writer’s residency in partnership with the Messina Community Foundation and EIT-Climate Kic. And we thought it would be nice to have a face to face meetup with the community.

Event time! :slight_smile:


About this Event

A 30 minute event where we introduce a new program for people interested in imagining new economy worlds through science fiction. Update: we have now created an information sheet, find it here:

:bulb:This event is for you if: You are interested in co-creating conceivable and actionable new models for a low carbon economy together with economists around the world.

Date, time and format

A video meeting, on October 16th at 2pm CET . We will send you the link in a private message, just leave a comment below telling us you want to attend!

A short presentation of the Sci Fi Economics Lab and our Residency Program, followed by an open, question and answer session. If you have a question to ask the speaker, ask it in the chat and the presenter will answer.

Everyone welcome .

How to register?

Leave us a comment below letting us know you want to attend. We will DM you the login credentials.

The event is organised by Edgeryders as part of our work to extend the space of economic models that are conceivable and deployable to build a successful, fair civilisation, while preserving the planet’s ecological balance. It is conducted with support from EIT Climate-KIC ,the European Union’s largest climate innovation initiative. More info: http://scifieconomicslab.net

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Hi, I would love to attend the info session to find out more about the residency program! Please forward me the login credentials :slight_smile: Thanks!

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Hello,
I really liked the topic and I would like to attend.

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Are you interested in exploring speculative futures or have even done so before? Tell us what inspires your thought experiments and where your interest originates:
Responding to the invite sent from @SciFiEconomics.

Have I done speculative futures before? Yes, for more than a decade, in among other contexts commercial advisories to executive level staff in corporations worldwide.

What inspires my thought experiments? The sum of my career has revolved around creating new approaches to problems, both in research and practice, and in contexts commercial, academic, and creative.

Where my interests originates? That’s not something that can be answered in a sentence. But, in the context of this event, a large swathe of my research and practice activities involve developing new applications for scientific and technological tools. Some of this work is purely conceptual. Other works involve guiding the likes of software and other commercial companies to new and emerging markets. Though I already know this terrain very well, it’s always useful to get a good idea where new talent and opportunities are opening, be it that projects and companies I’m involved with have relevance, or simply in my capacity as a mentor and advisor to up and coming talent in fields including speculative fiction, design, and futures more generally.

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ping @alberto

Hello @MelissaSterry, welcome. Personally I do not know much about speculative futures, I approach similar issues through the lens of economics – in particular fictional economies. Maybe you would be interested in this writers residency: we have an info page up since a few hours.

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Writers’ residencies aren’t compatible with my schedule or aligned with where my activities are. But, I’ll bare your residency in mind for others whose interests are in that space. Ditto the SciFi Economics lab intro, which sounds more aligned to those just starting out in the field.

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Are you interested in exploring speculative futures or have even done so before? Tell us what inspires your thought experiments and where your interest originates:
I am a strategy consultant and sf writer. Last year I attended a conference in London on Economics in SF. In my presentation I sketched some scenarios where we as I society might go. I just published a climate fiction novella trying to sketch a way to an ecologically viable future which, in my opinion, is not possible without the „right“ economics, whatever they might be. I am very interested in persuing this topic and would consider myself extremely happy to become part of this group

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Are you interested in exploring speculative futures or have even done so before? Tell us what inspires your thought experiments and where your interest originates:
I’ve been diving into nature writing and sci-fi driven poetry recently, and it’s hugely inspiring. Also drawing information and intel from conversations around the connection between capitalism and nature conservation has been influential for my thinking.

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Welcome then, @maiki! You just selected yourself to be part of this group, which is how it should work. The Lab’s main artifact so far is our wiki, Econ-SF: a selection of works and authors. If you want to improve or add entries, that would be much appreciated. You can also just launch a discussion topic here in the Lab’s forum space.

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Welcome to you too, @kevinjunk. Sci-fi driven poetry is a first for me, looking forward to knowing more about it.

Are you interested in exploring speculative futures or have even done so before? Tell us what inspires your thought experiments and where your interest originates:
I am a digital storyteller, creative mathematician and games designer. I like to create playful environments in which people can reimagine the future, and in particular how the systems of the present might be able to work differently to better serve us/help us live better lives/help us care for the planet better.

For me an act of collective imagining is a central part of exploring new futures together, especially in relation to areas and disciplines that present and are perceived as fixed and rigid.

I am interested in creating opportunities for us to explore speculative futures, to interrogate and play through what we think we want and why. At the moment I am working on two projects, which merge to provide the foundations in my interest here. The first is seer, an interactive digital sci-fi novel exploring the release of a new technology which claims to allow people to see into a new dimension. seer explores conspiracy theories, surveillance capitalism and how we use patterns to tell stories. The second project is donut/money, a series of live playable games which explore how the economy works now and how it could work differently.

I am interested in ideas of nostalgia, and progress, the work of Svetlana Boym, alternative economic structures, new imaginings of time, the work of Carlo Rovelli, the book Einstein’s Dreams. Central to my work is thought experiments and experiment games, to think and play through what could be different.

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Ping @woodbinehealth :slight_smile:

Are you interested in exploring speculative futures or have even done so before? Tell us what inspires your thought experiments and where your interest originates:
I’m interested in the threat at the intersection of climate chaos, economic inequality, and fraying democratic norms and institutions. I’m particularly interested in how global and regional oligarchies will seek to preserve wealth as they increasingly understand the necessity of climate action and ecosystem preservation.

I have begun worldbuilding for a dystopian future that, I believe, could be instructive as we think about the combined threat described above. I would like to explore the issue of an oligarchy’s necessity of enlisting a small additional slice of humanity to help it preserve and regenerate the planet, along with maintaining its economic power. I worry that such a bargain could emerge around the successful pursuit of ecological imperatives, but at the expense of most of humanity.

I believe that exploring these issues will elucidate the dangerous systems that could arise if global society underinvests in democracy.

Hope to chat more about this!

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Are you interested in exploring speculative futures or have even done so before? Tell us what inspires your thought experiments and where your interest originates:
Long-time pondering of how the US current representative democracy and market capitalism model breaks down, and what emerges out of its ashes, which has been matched by an increasingly obvious need to contemplate governance and economics around SDGs and planetary sustainability. It means open ideas outside terrestrial constraints on thinking can open up social models.

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Are you interested in exploring speculative futures or have even done so before? Tell us what inspires your thought experiments and where your interest originates:


Are you interested in exploring speculative futures or have even done so before? Tell us what inspires your thought experiments and where your interest originates:
As a multidisciplinary graphic designer, illustrator and social design activist based in Lahore, Pakistan; my research practice consists of speculative design, design fiction and world building. Such methodologies allows me to explore, alternate “what if” scenarios of our future. Through speculative design, I hope to inspire the present generation, assist them in critical thinking and push them to take positive social actions for the betterment of the future society.

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Are you interested in exploring speculative futures or have even done so before? Tell us what inspires your thought experiments and where your interest originates:
Yes

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Are you interested in exploring speculative futures or have even done so before? Tell us what inspires your thought experiments and where your interest originates:
I have written and spoken on science fiction films and novels too - have explored and have deep economic perspective on society, economic models, AI implications.

Here is a bit about me https://www.linkedin.com/in/gorai/


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Are you interested in exploring speculative futures or have even done so before? Tell us what inspires your thought experiments and where your interest originates: