before starting the communication of the event and the crowdfunding campaign, we need to make a final decision on the naming of the event.
There are some elements that are crucial and - in my opinion - should be present in the name:
The message here is that we are thinking about different models for our society, BUT we feel the urge to validate them with an academic approach.
The message here is that we are going to elaborate completely different models from the actual one. We are going to look for help in the SciFi literature, from authors that usually are being looked on just as entertainment but are the only ones that are able to think differently.
Noun [event definition]
Probably we’ll need to append also a noun that defines what kind of event this is going to be
seminar (-> more academic)
lab (-> more interactive)
conference -> (more than a single talk)
workshop (-> ?)
festival (->more than talks)
The original naming was something like:
Economic Science Fiction Seminar
Economic Science Fiction Conference
Economic Science Fiction Lab
personally, I find this very effective and spot-on, as:
it is very clear about the 2 worlds that we want to unite (academic economic research <-> SciFi enthusiasts)
it is a bit cold and descriptive, if you want, but this lets emerge how we are rigorous about the issue
at the same time the term Science Fiction is very inspiring and evocative to all the fan base audience / nerds
I like it.
A totally different road would be to have a sentence like “Shaping the Future” ( same structure as “Living on the Edge”) but I think we would loose something.
What do you think?
Do you have suggestions?
We need to take a decision on this by the end of this week
Academic seminar, building skeletons for future papers?
Solarpunk art installation?
Party (“if I can’t dance, I don’t want your alt economy”).
@hugi@jakobskote any way we could port your collective narrative experiment into this context? It would become a collective story set in an alternative economic system, and the ethno work would uncover how “economics” and “the economy” (both abstractions) play out in their daily life, and reveal aspirations…
(edit: sorry for shooting from the hip ladies and gents, this is our world now in EarthOS)
What you want to work on is “Economics”, not “Science Fiction” per se. This is an event not for pure imagination, but with potential real-world implications for our economic system. So it’s an “Economics Lab”, not a “Science Fiction Lab”.
Now we need to integrate “Science Fiction” as an attribute. My feeling is that “Sci-Fi” is a better candidate to serve the function of an attribute than the long form.
This way, we also get around using “Economics” as a weird specifier of “Science Fiction”. It cannot be understood as an attribute because it’s clearly a noun. Two nouns in a row of which one is a specifier of the other is weird and not intuitively understandable. I guess that’s why people intuitively switched to saying “economic science-fiction”, which is wrong for other reasons as it would be understood as “resource efficient science fiction” or the like.
To me, a lab is an institution, not a type of event. It’s permanent. A workshop would be the type of event you can hold in a lab, but it’s unfortunately much overused. So maybe let’s look towards event types that authors / creative folks frequent; about which I don’t know much at all, but “Immersion” sounds somehow hip to me
I like Sci Fi Economics Lab. It’s process able and I don’t know if Lab means more of an institution for most people. To me, it speaks of a mix of formats, which is what it will be, but with the creative approach to it.
If we call it like that, it also makes sense to connect it with the ER Festival later in November. A lab can be part of a festival, but i.e. a convention not so much…
It’s also bigger than a workshop or seminar, so by exclusion one also gets here.
Woha @matthias !
Totally agree on the “Sci-Fi Economics” part, love it!
I’m not 100% sure about Lab: to me it sounds something we do with a smaller group of people (20ish?). It doesn’t sound like a call to travel to another city/country and gather with 200-500 people from all around Europe/world.
It’s a great name, sorry for being late to the party. I was busy all week stacking containers and making them pretty. Now that we have a lab, I would love to host something at Blivande and the container square next spring and tie it in with Babel Between Us.