Science Fictional Scenarios and Strategic Foresight: Planning for the Future with Applied Sci-Fi

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Science Fictional Scenarios and Strategic Foresight: Planning for the Future with Applied Sci-Fi

What’s the difference between fiction and foresight? The ability to imagine and prepare for a range of potential future scenarios is a key skill for adapting to our increasingly complex

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Us In Flux Conversations: Elsa Sjunneson & Laura Cechanowicz

Register Us in Flux is a series of short stories and virtual gatherings that explore how we might reimagine and reorganize our communities in the face of transformative change. Join

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Designing the Future with Applied Sci-Fi

The tools of sci-fi narrative are increasingly being used in the field of design to better imagine, experience, and shape possible futures. Whether these emerging design practices are categorized as

Us In Flux Conversations: Suyi Davies Okungbowa & Lance Gharavi

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Us In Flux Conversations: Phoebe Wagner & Punya Mishra

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Us In Flux Conversations: Carter Meland & Grace Dillon

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CSI Skill Tree: Sound and Worldbuilding (Online)

  Register In the CSI Skill Tree series, we examine and celebrate how video games envision possible futures, build rich and thought-provoking worlds, and engage people as active participants in unfolding

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Science Fiction/Real Policy Book Club: All Systems Red by Martha Wells (Online)

Science fiction can have real policy impacts, and comes rife with real-life commentary. For the next gathering of our Science Fiction/Real Policy Book Club, we have selected All Systems Red

The Sci-Fi Feedback Loop: Mapping Fiction’s Influence on Real-World Tech

May 12, 2022

Book Launch: Pandemics & Games Essay Jam (Online)

Join Critical Distance and the Center for Science and the Imagination for the launch of our new, free ebook, Sickness, Systems, Solidarity, which explores the tangled relationships between pandemics and games, both digital and analog.

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CSI Skill Tree: Cloud Gardens (Online)

In the CSI Skill Tree series, we examine and celebrate how video games envision possible futures, build rich and thought-provoking worlds, and engage people as active participants in unfolding and

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Science Fiction/Real Policy Book Club: Infomocracy by Malka Older (Online)

Science fiction can have real policy impacts, and comes rife with real-life commentary. For the third gathering of our Science Fiction/Real Policy Book Club, we have selected Malka Older’s novel

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Neal Stephenson, Termination Shock (Online)

With his string of bestselling novels, Neal Stephenson has carved out a space at the forefront of contemporary fiction, exploring and shaping our cultural imaginary about the future and how

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CSI Skill Tree: Outer Wilds (Online)

In the CSI Skill Tree series, we examine and celebrate how video games envision possible futures, build rich and thought-provoking worlds, and engage people as active participants in unfolding and

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Crafting Climate Futures: From Story to Policy (Online)

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow presents an opportunity for decisive global action amidst escalating climate chaos. Now, more than ever, we need narratives of positive climate futures

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Imagining Our Climate Futures (Online)

If we hope to achieve the global will and cooperation needed to meet the challenges of the climate crisis, we need stories of hope and transformation, not just disaster and

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The Days After Tomorrow: Climate Fiction for the Future

Can we reimagine our relationship with nature and protect the future? How can we marshal our collective imagination to accelerate global transformations and move towards a sustainable way of life?

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Workshop on Reimagining Climate Futures

Join the Center for Science and the Imagination, the Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG), and the UK Science and Innovation Network for a workshop that brings together innovative

Unlocking Our Climate Imagination

When we imagine our climate future, it’s easy to drift towards catastrophe, especially in view of this summer’s shocking examples of climate chaos—from floods and sinkholes to heat domes and

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CSI Skill Tree: Kentucky Route Zero (Online)

In the CSI Skill Tree series, we examine and celebrate how video games envision possible futures, build rich and thought-provoking worlds, and engage people as active participants in unfolding and

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CSI Skill Tree: In Other Waters (Online)

In the CSI Skill Tree series, we examine and celebrate how video games envision possible futures, build rich and thought-provoking worlds, and engage people as active participants in unfolding and

Claire Vaye Watkins: Climate Writing (Online)

Join Claire Vaye Watkins, award-winning author of the climate fiction novel Gold Fame Citrus and the short fiction collection Battleborn, for a virtual reading and a conversation about climate writing.

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Sci-Fi TV Dinner Small Bites: The Mailbox (Online)

Our Science Fiction TV Dinner series is going virtual for 2020-2021, to help keep our community safe during the pandemic. We’re shifting the format slightly, presenting Science Fiction TV Small

2021 IHR Distinguished Lecturer adrienne maree brown

RSVP on the IHR site Black feminist scholar, activist and podcaster adrienne maree brown will present a virtual lecture to the community. We are pleased to welcome writer, pleasure activist,

Brian David Johnson: The Future You: Break Through the Fear and Build the Life You Want

This event is put on by Changing Hands, please RSVP on their site. A limited number of free tickets are available. You can also support Changing Hands by purchasing the

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Afrofuturism’s Reimagined Tomorrows (Online)

Since the release of Marvel’s Black Panther in 2018, Afrofuturism has become an almost household term: a powerful way to celebrate Black creativity and explore its political effects. But there’s

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Sci-Fi TV Dinner Small Bites: Akoota (Online)

Our Science Fiction TV Dinner series is going virtual for 2020-2021, to help keep our community safe during the pandemic. We’re shifting the format slightly, presenting Science Fiction TV Small

Governing for the Future (Online)

How do we govern for the long haul? Humans are manipulating the planet in ways that will play out for centuries, but our decision-making is often myopic and localized. The

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Sci-Fi TV Dinner Small Bites: Ellipse (Online)

Our Science Fiction TV Dinner series is going virtual for 2020-2021, to help keep our community safe during the pandemic. We’re shifting the format slightly, presenting Science Fiction TV Small

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CSI Skill Tree: 80 Days (Online)

CSI Skill Tree is a new series that examines and celebrates how video games envision possible futures, build rich and thought-provoking worlds, and engage people as active participants in unfolding

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Stories of Algorithmic Justice (Online)

We often cling to the idea that artificially intelligent systems are neutral arbiters, despite knowing that these systems can only be as good as the parameters and data sets that

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Sci-Fi TV Dinner Small Bites: A Love Letter to the Ancestors from Chicago (Online)

Our Science Fiction TV Dinner series is going virtual for 2020-2021, to help keep our community safe during the pandemic. We’re shifting the format slightly, presenting Science Fiction TV Small

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Nnedi Okorafor: Global Medievalism into Africanfuturism (Online)

In this dialogue, award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor and ASU’s Matt Bell will discuss the premodern influences on Okorafor’s writing across a variety of media—television, novels, novellas, short stories, graphic novels,

Us in Flux: Conversations—Ernest Hogan and Frederick Luis Aldama [Video—Past Event]

Us in Flux: Conversations—Ray Mwihaki and Christopher Rowe [Video—Past Event]

Us in Flux: Conversations—Usman T. Malik and James Graham [Video—Past Event]

Us in Flux: Conversations—Regina Kanyu Wang and Athena Aktipis [Video–Past Event]

Us in Flux: Conversations— Sarah Pinsker and Punya Mishra [Video–Past Event]

Us in Flux: Conversations— Nisi Shawl and Ayana Jamieson [Video–Past Event]

Us in Flux: Conversations— Tina Connolly and Dennis Bonilla [Video–Past Event]

Us in Flux: Conversations—Tochi Onyebuchi and Michael G. Bennett [Video–Past Event]

Us in Flux: Conversations—Chinelo Onwualu and Robert Evans [Video–Past Event]

Us in Flux: Conversations—Kij Johnson and Jessie Rack [Video—Past Event]

Us in Flux: Conversations—Christopher Rowe and Michael Bell [Video—Past Event]