Futurist politics in a time of crisis, with Amon Kalkin

Introducing CONSENSUS - an activist route to a radically better future

Amon Kalkin writes:

The case for a Zero State political movement

Many futurists envisage a better, more compassionate society, organized in terms of using technological developments to maximize well-being rather than simply concentrating resources in a few ultra-rich hands and leaving everybody else increasingly worse off. But all too often, futurists talk about positive outcomes as if such things come without work or struggle. They are apparently oblivious to the fact that right now our society is stalling, strangled by a tiny proportion of citizens who do not share our values.

There have been few moments in the history of our society like the one facing us now, where deep crisis also offers the opportunity for deep, positive change. It's the time for futurists to step up to actively guide our society toward the better futures we envisage.

The CONSENSUS is a newly-formed UK-based political party which seeks to harness the intelligence and compassion to be found among futurists and other subcultures to the design of a real, improved future, for us and our children. Drawing inspiration from the eight principles of the Zero State movement, the CONSENSUS will encourage people to think about the possibilities open to society once again.

The CONSENSUS is the first party of its kind. We intend to reach out to other parties and groups who share similar views and goals. If we are successful, there will soon be a number of CONSENSUS parties at the national level around the world, all part of an organization known as the Consensus of Democratic Futurist Parties (CDFP). The UK CONSENSUS is already affiliated with an international futurist organization in the Zero State movement, and the seeds of multiple local political parties have been sown.

We welcome the opportunity to hear your views about the state of society today and its future, and what are the issues and goals that we should focus on. No matter what your own views are, this is your chance to have your say, and to have it influence a concrete course of action.

If you care about our future, and the possibility of finding intelligent, compassionate solutions to our problems, then we encourage you to come to this meeting to:

  • find out how you can help
  • join the conversation
  • offer your views on how we should move forward.

About Zero State:

From http://zerostate.net/

Zero State is a movement for positive social change through technology.

We're a grass-roots world community pursuing smart, compassionate solutions to problems, and improving the human condition.

Personal transformative technologies we pursue include life extension and Artificial Intelligence. Social projects include accelerating change, basic income, Meshnet and Bitcoin, while lifestyle initiatives explore areas such as the arts, spirituality, fashion and culture.

About Amon Kalkin:

Amon Kalkin is a self-described Transhumanist, who believes that both individuals and society can be improved through the compassionate and intelligent use of technology.

Born in New Zealand and based in London, he is both a cognitive scientist interested in human and machine awareness, and an electronic, multimedia and performance artist. Amon is the founder of the Zero State movement, having originally envisaged it as a socially aware and action-oriented Futurist community, with an emphasis upon mutual support and equal respect for the sciences and arts.

Meeting logistics:

2pm-4pm, Saturday 4th August

Venue: Room 532, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room 532 is on the fifth floor in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

Coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building, either ahead of or after the meeting.

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ

The meeting is free to attend - no charge.

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  • terence f.

    Consensus is hard to achieve unless there is extreme threat or a single point at issue. The policies outlined seemed too general and lacking urgency. This seems more a debating matter than a call to arms. Great for intellectual exercises but unlikely to attract a large political following. Thank you Amon for introducing your views.

    August 5, 2012

  • M. Amon T.

    Hi - I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow! Please can you help make this an event to remember, tell as many people as you can about it RIGHT NOW? For those who can't make it, in future we will aim to stream these events live, so please do keep an eye on the group and tell your friends!

    August 3, 2012

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