In the digital network age, the difference between fascism and freedom will be decided by who owns and controls the means of communication. Is it to be corporations (and by extension, governments) or is it to be us: individuals?
If we lose this one, the 2030s and 2040s won’t be like the 1930s and 1940s; they’ll be like the 1930s and 1940s amplified by the full destructive power of a hundred years of exponential increase in technological capability.
Continuing #solarpunk #art #contest idea: what if we pooled in some money (let's say a thousand USD) and approached some high-profile portfolio / art site, like https://www.artstation.com/ or https://www.behance.net/ ?
I think the biggest challenge would be convincing them to accept a Creative Commons license, but this could get Solarpunk at least as much attention as https://atomhawk.com/solarpunk if not more.
@cislyn can you link to your last contest? I'd love to see it!
@celesteh Thank you!
How did the systemic gender bias work with the author's gender hidden? Were the judges against "girlish" art?
I will give my talk "Technological Narratives: Solarpunk, Cyberpunk, Popculture" at this year's #36C3 ! Day 3 (29.12), 13:30, Art&Play Stage!
@hunter my understanding is that right now only a comprehensive, well-prepared government programs can help people change jobs. Sadly, very few governments are capable of that, and even fewer are willing to. For now we have stories like https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2018-02-06/what-sweden-can-teach-the-world-about-worker-retraining and the Swedish Ministry of Employment
I'm not saying it will be ever easy, but it might be necessary. Here in Poland we have several hundred thousand people in coal mining industry - and we still import carbon.
@freakazoid I honestly don't like a big chunk of afrofuturism, since it's extremely US-centric and considers Oakland more important than the whole of Kenya or Nigeria.
I feel that it talks about a _mythology_ of dislocation, ignoring a lot of really fascinating issues African communities face.
That is not an easy quest: we can try doing it with a hands-on approach, a call to adventure, a promise to see the fruits of your labour yourself, being more than a spreadsheet row.
With that we should be careful not to go into the "adventure economy" too much, not to land into the exploitation of Uber.
Today I realized that #solarpunk stories need to focus on people losing their jobs and respecializing. There are millions of miners worldwide who need to know that learning a new trade is normal and should have a promise, a vision of a good life after that.
Otherwise Solarpunk fails its most important duty: to dream up a better future for everybody, not just for the few of us who were lucky to choose "future-oriented" professions.
I can recommend Loomio as a forum and Matrix / Riot as a chat app. The French govt is using the latter, its user friendly and secure
Finally finished the long-overdue
Solarpunk, cyberpunk, popculture: technological narratives tl;dr
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