Note — Mar 03, 2019

Everything Is Connected

An interview with Lucy Black-Swan and Andrés Colmenares of IAM (Internet Age Media), an “alternative think–tank, strategic consultancy and network” as well as an event in Barcelona, which I’ve been closely following for a few years (the theme of next March’s iteration is “The Quantumness of Archipelagos”). They have a very interesting model, very bright ideas, and unique ways of expressing and framing them. Black-Swan says that they “address a network of topics that don’t fit one particular category,” which could also describe Sentiers. I found the last quote below particularly noteworthy, and along with the theme description, fits the metamodern piece above quite well.

The “quantum” element is intended to evoke the idea of a multi-dimensional canvas, which allows for the juxtaposition of broad topics like migration, climate justice, and the futures of citizenship. Each of these fit into IAM’s concept of “planetary thinking,” heavily inspired by the work of the late astrophysicist Carl Sagan. The “archipelago” element can be understood on a philosophical or geographical level, with the analogy of an island chain intended to illuminate our relationship to the planet. We are individuals, but all part of, and interdependent on, a larger whole. “By connecting these elements together, we aim to create a space to speak about all of these topics, within the framework of the future of the internet, which connects everything.” […]

IAM’s three WTF! (“What the Future!”) principles: futures as plural, futures as tools, and futures as able to be invented. […]

Instead, they believe the most important aspect of contemporary learning should be philosophy. Learning how to learn, to use the brain. And not just by reading philosophy books, but rather by questioning how we should learn philosophy in the internet age: “we want to encourage young people from all kinds of backgrounds to become philosophers and re-think philosophy so that new schools of thought can emerge.”