This workshop is facilitated by Lisanne Buik (artist-futurist and founder GraceOES), Reon Brand (Innovator & Futurist) and Elise Talgorn (Senior Design Strategist at Philips, Storytelling expert). It is commissioned and organised by Avans Centre of Expertise, Wellbeing, Economy and New Entrepreneurship, and the Future of Work Foundation, Institute of Agraricultural Law and the Province of Zeeland.
Location: Willem Twee, Den Bosch
Time: 10.00 - 17.00u
Costs: 15 Euro
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In contemporary times, societies have undergone a significant detachment from nature in pursuing the myth that material prosperity, competition, property, profit, and access to technological progress will make us happier and make our lives more meaningful. The negative consequences of pursuing this modern myth is becoming disturbingly apparent in all levels of our lives. There is a rapid rise of loneliness, alienation, and a lack of meaning in modern culture. Even worse is the rapidly deteriorating state of natural ecosystems that has sustained life on our planet for billions of years. Addressing these challenges requires a critical examination of our societal myths and a shift towards new narratives that re-connect us to one another and to nature.
It entails fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of nature’s intrinsic value, recognizing our interconnectedness with the environment, and reevaluating our definition of success and our need for technological progress.
About the workshop:
The purpose of this workshop is to reflect and challenge the prevailing narratives and envision new stories and future jobs that will help to catalyze an OVERFLOWING life experience. In this workshop we are inspired by the principles of GAIA: a future world in which humans, technology, and nature operate in the spirit of interdependence, mutualism and reciprocity. One of the best ways to avoid simply extrapolating a future from where we are now, is to look at nature as a role model. In the workshop we will introduce concepts and ideas from the natural world that can help us to reflect on a path forward for humanity and shape new myths, narratives, inspiration and aspiration for human societies. Specifically we will look at algae and seaweeds as a role model for their fluid, resilient and adaptive properties.
10:00 - 10:30: Registration and Welcome Coffee
10:30 - 10:45: Introduction OVERFLOW 2032 - Opening exercise (Lisanne Buik)
10:45 - 11:15: Keynote: “Work in Gaia” (Reon Brand) + Q&A
11:15 - 11:30: Break
11:30 - 12:30: Workshop 1: “Designing the future with nature as role model” (Lisanne Buik)
12:30 - 13:30: Lunch Break (provided by organization)
13:30 - 14:30: Workshop 2: “Storytelling for Gaia”(Elise Talgorn)
14:30 - 14:45: Break
14:45 - 16:00: Session 3: Groups break out and envision six stories for an OVERFLOWING 2032
16:00-16:45: Storytelling by the ‘campfire’
16:45-17:00: Wrap up and closing remarks