Our session is one of six ZoX’s introduced to attendees as follows:
Host: Edgeryders Research Network
Featuring a panel discussion between Malka Older, Writer; Raffaele Miniachi, Economist; and Alberto Cottica, Research Director, Edgeryders and immersive experiments with Anique Yael Vered, Head of Development: Edgeryders Research Network & Alex Levene, Associate Producer: Edge Arts & Culture, Edgeryders.
Frame: Does ‘science fiction’ writing point to alternative ways of organizing resources and building new, just economic systems? What can we learn from speculative fiction about potential future economics? The session provides a platform and fertile environment for the exploration of the economic ideas in science fiction. We explore the pairing between science fiction speculation and economic theory. What is already happening? What can be seen in the data? How does engaging this lens open up innovative ways of implementing new economic and development strategies?
The immersive experiments have been developed separately and can be found here.
As per this post by @alberto, the panel is featuring @malka and @Raffaele in discussion with @alberto to set the scene of Econ Sci Fi and offer attendees a tangible entry into how it can be useful for building governance of the future. And in @malka’s words: how “science fiction can be a tool to question the present.”
In our call - which unfortunately was missing the key person convening the panel @alberto - we came up with a panel formation everyone is comfortable with and thinks will work well. Everyone, please feel free to add additional notes and comments, I’ve opted for a light post with just the key information this time.
- Intro to Econ Sci Fi by Edgeryders team
- @Malka’s presentation to set the science fiction landscape and get to the WHY of econ sci fi
- @Raffaele’s presentation to set the economics landscape and get to the WHY of econ sci fi
- A panel discussion lead by @alberto with @malka and @Raffaele focusing on a deep dive into one Econ Sci Fi pair (see here). This is to highlight the HOW of econ sci fi - to demonstrate the mechanics behind it. The pair to dive into will be chosen by the audience (out of the four most recently listed), and panelists are comfortable with being able to call on the necessary insights pending which one.
- A Q&A with the audience. If there are few questions some of this time can be reallocated to the end of the session after the immersive experiments.
This brings the panel to a total of 80mins, which will be followed by 70minutes of experiments for a full session of 2.5hours.
The reading list will be included in the booklet for attendees to take home, offering - alongside a few DIY rituals - a way for them to continue exploring Econ Sci as a potential tool in reimagining governance. @Raffaele @Malka getting your recommendations for the list by Wednesday latest Thursday will be a gem. Thanks