With @alex_levene I'm developing the programmatic format of the Econ Sci Fi zone of experimentation at the #nextgengov event in Istanbul. Between 3 - 6 hrs, in begins with the panel @alberto is convening - see here, and then moves into a series of immersive activities for attendees to flesh out how they might actually speculate applications of economic science fiction in real-world contexts. My work on it is bringing together my background in experimental learning and thinking spaces with my research in speculative political economics.
To summarise from our working documents with the UNDP team:
This experimentation space that will play out at the 2018 Istanbul Innovation Days will bring together professional economists, entrepreneurs experimenting with enterprise-scale economic models, civic and cultural leaders working with new socio-economic systems and sci -fi writers to discuss and to start potentially teasing out operating models of for new economic systems, unhindered by and leveraging current governance constraints.
The intention is to try and unpack possibilities for rethinking our economic systems, currently hiding within the pages of popular culture and less visible cultural spaces by exposing them to the harsh light of modern economic theory. A wide ranging enquiry that looks at melding ecological impacts with new forms of energy and other production, and embodying principles of just governance and integrity in decision making.
For our meeting with Mili, I developed an initial program sketch with some ideas for activities and tools, which I include below. Mili was enthusiastic about the approach and would like to apply the framing to other zones of experimentation. So I'm sharing them here and will now document my work to flesh out the participatory programming further, open to shared reflection and input.
Potential EDGE Program format
Panel - Economic science fiction author and economist present their work followed by in conversation (convenor: @alberto )
Orientations - ie. tracing the topology: contexts attendees are working in
- Clarify a cross-section of contextual challenges - eg. Bureaucratic constraints/ Social-economic inequality/ Access and inclusion
Speculations - ie. unpacking possibilities for rethinking our economic systems in these contexts through with sci fi provocations
- Offer various speculative devices as tools and provocations for addressing these contexts
- Break out groups on particular contexts/ challenges
Applications - ie. how to implement these possibilities in the real-world contexts through take-away provocations and experimentation tools potentially applicable
Potential programmatic devices
- Elements of an economic system - Eg. production, exchange, circulation, distribution
- Forms of alter-economic apparatuses - Eg. blockchain, universal basic income
- Dialogical techniques - Eg. public-panel-relay
- Simulation techniques- Eg. DS4SI's productive fictions
- Landscapes, lenses…
- Collaborative design/writing instruments
- Eg. Collaborative writing, charette, Question game
- Decision-making apparatuses - Eg. Degustation-conversation, World Cafe
- Speculative fiction
To move forward, I will now map key concepts and contextual elements to inform the flow and an actual array of activities. One component that will help this is the post I believe you'll be doing @alberto on the key elements of economic science fiction. So I'm wondering, when do you think you'll be getting to that? In any case, I'll be starting with the contextual elements of the event for now.