Newsletter No.233 — Sep 11, 2022

The Slow Cancellation of the Slow Cancellation of the Future ⊗ The Aesthetics of Our New Fictions ⊗ Leading with Slow Craft

This week → The slow cancellation of the slow cancellation of the future ⊗ The aesthetics of our new fictions ⊗ Leading with slow craft ⊗ The super-rich ‘preppers’ planning to save themselves from the apocalypse

A year ago → A favourite in issue No.187 was Can the world computer save the world? by Vinay Gupta.

I swear it’s completely random, but this week has turned into a bit of a ‘Fiction and futures’ special. If you’ve been reading for a while, that probably won’t surprise you, since I’ve been spending quite a bit of time on futures, foresight, forecasting, the use of fiction, etc. It’s a good bit of luck though that this ‘special’ is happening this week, because on top of this interest as reflected here, over the next few weeks I’ll be jumping on two related projects.

The first one is as co-host of Speculative Futures MTL. The chapter has been operating remotely since early in the pandemic and Tuesday we’re hosting our first in-person get-together to start building an active speculation/futures/design group in town. If you are in the greater Montréal area, be sure to sign-up and join us! The second project is not ready to be announced just yet, but I can talk about it in person, so one more reason to drop by!

Comme l’infolettre, mon message ici est en anglais, mais puisque les trois hôtes sont francophones, nous allons certainement parler français sur place. Venez faire un tour!