Newsletter No.159 — Feb 07, 2021

Worldbuilding ⊗ Speculative Luddism ⊗ Pop-Futurism ⊗ Repair

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984).

This week → Worldbuilding forever: Bold ideas for our collective futures ⊗ Dreaming big ⊗ The future encyclopedia of Luddism ⊗ How predicting the future became a literary genre ⊗ Repair ⊗ Inevitable planetary doom has been exaggerated

A year ago → The most clicked article in issue No.112 was The Internet is a toxic hellscape—but we can fix it by Whitney Phillips.

In the latest Dispatch to members (unlocked for everyone in a few weeks), I mentioned what has probably been my favourite quote for the last few years:

Talk, loudly and frequently and in detail, about the future you want. You can’t manifest what you don’t share.
Madeline Ashby

I might have a new favourite (found in Madson’s Strelka Mag piece below), in part because I actually see it as roughly (and aspirationally I guess) what Sentiers orients towards.

Remember to imagine and craft the worlds you cannot live without, just as you dismantle the ones you cannot live within.
Ruha Benjamin

I’d wager it’s very likely that when she says “dismantle the ones you cannot live within,” Benjamin has in mind much more disenfranchised populations and less privileged people than myself. Still, I’m taking it very broadly and think of it for pretty much the whole global 99% as well as future generations.
Imagining better futures, and critiquing the many issues of the present.

This week’s featured articles fit particularly well together, I’m mentioning the connections more directly than usual, I hope you’ll find it useful.