From the bright and uplifting to the dark and dystopian, FutureFest (28 and 29 September 2013) presented a weekend of compelling talks, cutting-edge shows, technology displays and interactive performances that inspired and challenged people to change the future.
The festival took place at East London's Shoreditch Town Hall and covered the following key themes:
- Well Becoming
By the middle of the century, the average age of the UK population will be late-50s, facing a youthful population boom from the emerging economies.
At the same time, improvements in bioscience and healthcare will raise questions about our core definitions of the ‘good life’. What will we prioritise about our bodies, ourselves and our values in the future?
- In the Imaginarium
Over the next 50 years the boundaries between what is real and virtual, experienced and imagined, will become increasingly blurred due to advances in technology. Humans have been reshaping reality throughout history.
We’ll be looking at how culture and society will change as the result of the continuing digital revolution.
- We are all Gardeners Now
We are living in what climatologists now call the ‘anthropocene’ – the era of long-term climate change directly determined by human behaviour.
Rather than lamenting the damage we are causing, we want to ask what human ingenuity can do to manage the effects of climate change and become conscientious ‘gardeners’ of our biosphere.
- The Value of Everything
Our future offers a political economy that knows the price of everything, but the value of nothing. The rise of digital tech continues to challenge ideas of property, identity, creativity and even our definitions of sovereignty and polity.
What new institutions, structures and movements do we need to form a new political economy that suits a changing world?
You can also view our highlights video and watch all the talks from the weekend on our dedicated FutureFest website.
You can watch all the talks from FutureFest on our dedicated event website
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