2312: An essay in world-building

2312_jacket-final-mechIn 2312, first published in 2012 (French translation to hit the shelves in May 2017), SF writer and ecologist Kim Stanley Robinson (aka KSR) imagines a world where, after having (almost) desperately messed up its planet of origin, humanity expands by colonizing and “terraforming” the whole solar system…

… What, another of those stories? Not quite.

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Prospective : l’avenir passe par la fiction

rtemagicc_aura_of_familiarity_cover_sml_01L’Institut pour le futur (IFTF, @iftf) n’en est pas à sa première tentative expérimentale dans le domaine de la prospective. Voilà quelque temps il avait ainsi participé à la création du jeu Superstruct. En 2013, l’Institut a décidé de recourir à la littérature. Dans le cadre de son projet sur l’Age de la matière connectée, afin de mieux explorer ce thème de recherche, il a commandé six nouvelles d’anticipation à des auteurs réputés (Bruce Sterling (Wikipédia, @bruces), Rudy Rucker (Wikipédia, @rudytheelder), Cory Doctorow (Wikipédia, @doctorow), Madeline Ashby(@madelineashby), Warren Ellis (fameux scénariste de comics, Wikipédia, @warrenellis) et Ramez Naam (Wikipédia, @ramez).

>> La suite de cet article de Rémi Sussan (2013) sur Internet Actu

Transitions singulières : imaginer les mondes d’après

Invité en “Keynote” de l’événement Future@SystemX, organisé le 14 mars 2017 par l’Institut de recherche technologique SystemX, j’ai tenté de formuler quelques pistes de travail mobilisant “l’imaginisation” des chercheurs et technologues.

Je tenterai prochainement d’en écrire le texte. Voici déjà la video et les supports :

“Les potentiels du temps” : rouvrir l’avenir ?

les-potentiels-du-temps-art-et-politique_camille-de-toledo_aliocha-imhoff_kantuta-quiros_chto_le-peuple-qui-manque-miniCamille de Toledo, Aliocha Imhoff et Kantuta Quiros publient ensemble un ouvrage stimulant, Les potentiels du temps – Art & politique (Manuella éditions, 2016). L’ambition n’est pas mince : face à “la culpabilité décrétée à l’égard de toute tentative de transformer le monde” (le XXe siècle a laissé des traces), “rouvrir l’avenir à des potentialités nouvelles.” Par quel chemin ? Celui de l’art, pensé non comme une échappatoire, mais comme un moyen d’explorer et d’expérimenter une infinité de transformations possibles.

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“Imaginization” in management (already in 1993!)

imaginizationI came up with “Imaginizing” by myself, but Gareth Morgan beat me to it by a large margin: His book Imaginization: New Mindests for Seeing, Organizing and Managing was published in 1993, and his website is called Imaginiz.com.

“As a society, we have become preoccupied with the idea of finding ways of fixing and controlling the world around us. ‘Getting organized’ has meant finding that structure or solution for an organization that’s going to last (…) But, in times of change, organizations that are organized in this way run into trouble because they can’t adjust to the new challenges (…) The challenge now is to imaginize: to infuse the process of organizing with a spirit of imagination that takes us beyond bureaucratic boxes. (…)

Imaginization is a way of thinking. It’s a way or organizing. It’s a key managerial skill. It provides a way of helping people understand and develop their creative potential. It offers a way of finding innovative solutions to difficult problems. And, last but not least, it provides a means of empowering people to trust themselves and find new roles in a world characterized by flux and change.”

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Slow Catastrophes, Speculative Futures, Science & Imagination: Rewriting and Rethinking Sustainability

slow-catastrophes-uncertain-revivals-cover-525x600Slow Catastrophes, Uncertain Revivals (2016, free eBook) features 5 stories created by students in “Slow Catastrophes, Speculative Futures, Science & Imagination: Rewriting and Rethinking Sustainability”, a course by Michele Speitz at Furman University in South Carolina.

Taking inspiration from Project Hieroglyph‘s “visions for a better future” and an essay by Kim Stanley Robinson for the 2013 Worldwatch Institute Report (Is It Too Late?, .pdf), the course “challenged students to draw on multiple disciplines—across the sciences and the humanities—in order to create works of science fiction that might inspire us to address the multifarious complications bound up with climate change, that might embolden us to confront what some see as an impossibility: to be able to say ‘Yes, sustainability is still possible.’

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