Transpolitica 2016

London Futurists
London Futurists
Public group

Birkbeck College

Torrington Square WC1E 7HX · London

How to find us

We'll be in the Clore Management Centre, room B01

Location image of event venue


London Futurists is hosting the "Transpolitica 2016" conference on Saturday 3rd December. The theme is "Real world policy changes for a radically better future".

The goal of this conference is to formulate and review policy recommendations which could become the focus of subsequent cross-party campaigns for legislative changes. In turn, these legislative changes will have the aim to enable better politics, better communities, and better human experience – by allowing society to take good advantage of the remarkable transformational potential of accelerating technologies.


Speakers at Transpolitica 2016 will include the following:

• Alex Flamant (, Notion Capital: "Accelerating the regulatory approval of autonomous vehicles"

• Alex Pearlman (, Science Journalist, Kings College London: "The political future of genetic enhancements"

• Alexander Karran (, Senior Researcher, Transpolitica: "Surveillance capitalism: making big data work for all"

• Anna Harrington Morozova (, Scientific and Regulatory Director, REGEM Consulting: "Opportunities for changes in governance of biomedical innovations: choosing your battles"

• Chris Monteiro (, Principal contributor, H+Pedia: "Perceptions and projections of futurist political scenarios"

• Dean Bubley (, Founder, Disruptive Analysis: "Technological Unemployment? We can work through it"

• Didier Coeurnelle (, Co-president of Heales, "Making longevity politically mainstream, or die trying"

• James Smith (, Party Leader, Something New: "Building the world’s first open-source political manifesto"

• Jason Blackstock (, Head of Department, UCL STEaPP, "Practical steps towards better public decision-making"

• José Cordeiro (, Founding Energy Advisor/Faculty, Singularity University: "Practical and legal steps towards European cryonics"

• Kathryn Corrick (, COO, "Updating democracy"

•Timothy Barnes (, Founder and Senior Deity, The Rain Gods: "Bringing digital disruption to government"

• Toni Cowan-Brown (, VP European Business Development, NationBuilder: "Software for better political campaigns"

• Tony Czarnecki (, Managing Partner, Sustensis: "From long-term sustainable growth to the economy of abundance"


The majority of the day will consist of TED-style talks, lasting 15-20 minutes, followed by Q&A and audience discussion.

Here's the summary of the schedule for the day:

9.15: Doors open
9.40: Introductory videos
9.45: Chair's opening remarks: What prospects for better politics?[masked]:00: Regulations, health, and transformation
12.00: Break for lunch and networking (lunch is not supplied)
13:00: Tea and coffee available, for post-lunch networking
13:30-15:10: Politics, tools, and transformation
15:10: Break for tea/coffee networking
15[masked]: Society, data, and transformation
17.30: Room empty. Optional continuation of discussion in nearby pub.

For full details of the schedule, see here ( For a short video preview of what each speaker will cover, see here (


We'll be in the Clore Management Centre, room B01 (on the basement level), Birkbeck College (, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

The Clore Management Centre is on the opposite site of Torrington Square from the main Birkbeck College building. Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square) is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations. See this map (

Wifi details for attendees at this event are as follows:

Wireless network: BBK-Guest
Username: Londonfuturists2
Password: bbP7jW
(This access code is operational only from[masked] on 3rd December.)

This Google Map ( lists selected restaurants and coffee shops that are within around 10 minutes walk from the conference venue - providing a wide choice of options for lunch.

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.


Tickets for Transpolitica 2016 cost £18. (Early bird tickets, costing just £15, and super early bird tickets, costing just £12, have all been sold.) The costs are to cover room hire, refreshments, and AV and IT expenditure.

Note that the registration process involves people formally joining the London Futurists meetup group. As a result, Meetup will by default from time to time email you notifications about meetup activities. You can alter the settings for how often Meetup contacts you:

• via the page , for London Futurists notifications
• and via , for general Meetup notifications.

(You’ll have to be logged into your Meetup account for these settings changes to take effect. You are recommended to leave “Organizer Broadcasts” ticked. If you leave the London Futurists meetup, your RSVP will no longer be listed on the Meetup pages, but the system will still have a record of your registration, and it will remain valid.)

Journalists who can point to an established track record of publications about technology and/or futurism in major media outlets (e.g. Wired, BBC, New Scientist) are invited to contact to obtain a press pass.

** Subject to there still being room in the venue, we'll accept new registrations at the check-in desk on the day, at the price of £20. **