This is part of a series of speculative sessions, that need facilitators read me:
From the very beginning the unMonastery was founded on the principal of a 200 year project, this for some might seem absurd or too grandiose a claim but there is a logic – and in the context of the 2000 thousand year tradition of the Monasteries, it might even be considered modest in its ambition.
It’s an issue of scale and responsibility, too often we build things that are not meant to last or don’t consider their impact on the world within a meaningful timescale – the modernist housing estates of the UK being just one example grand plans laid to waste.
When decisions that will likely effect generations are made by governments on a 3 year voting cycle, the need for a bottom up approach to infrastructural projects both social and physical is crucial to averting challenges that lay ahead.
But how do we conceive of such an endeavour in the era of ‘present shock’ – a recent text by Paul Graham Raven, titled Infrastructure Fictions may begin to shine a light, drawing on Bruce Sterling notion Design Fictions, it calls for:
“The challenge for infrastructure fiction is to dispel the Someone Else’s Problem field and reveal the elided centrality of infrastructure to pretty much everything we do. Its challenge is to explore what infrastructure means.”
This session will focus on an attempt to imagine the unMonastery’s growth, decade by decade, with an infrastructural slant, it will attempt to construct a narrative that might point the way for the project – identifying future pitfalls in a geopolitical context.
-What will the unMonastery project look like – decade by decade?
-How might the project ensure its foundations are resilient to the immediate challenges of the next 2 decades?
Ideal Facilitator: Paul Graham Raven? Or a games master from the Nordic LARP / JEEP scene? Someone with a unique skill for constructing fictional narratives with an analytical bent. Sci-fiction writers.
500 words on each decade – 10,000 words in total
Timeline using > http://timeline.knightlab.com/