>>>Tech for Good July meetup - are we being radical enough?<<<
“We have developed an immensely powerful technology. We have stronger means of changing the physical universe than has ever existed before. How are we going to use it? This whole attitude of using technology as a method of fighting the world will succeed only in destroying the world. Technology and its powers must be handled by people who cherish... above all, the Earth, and treat it with the reverence that is due to one’s own body.” - Alan Watts
How are we going to use the power of technology to radically change lives and the environment for the better? Tech for Good is certainly gaining mainstream recognition and popularity, but so is our collective appreciation and recognition of the scale of existential threats facing humanity.
How can we use technology to help us imagine and realise the level of transformation needed to meet the challenges we face? Who is involved? Who needs to be? This event will look at some more ambitious and consciousness-shifting applications and explorations within tech.
The event will start with speakers, then open out into ‘citizens assembly’ style discussion, facilitated by multidisciplinary artist and immersive technologist José Montemayor, to which we invite you to bring your ears and ideas.
As always, we’ll have our community announcements at the end, which is a chance for attendees to share an update, funding opportunities, jobs and more with the community. If you’d like to share yours in advance with the organisers, email us at [masked].
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Our speakers are:
Cassie Robinson, National Lottery Community Fund / The Point People / Tech for Good Global / The Catalyst / Nesta New Radicals Awards judge
Cassie wears multiple hats in the tech for good space. She’ll discuss some of the key burning questions she feels we should all be asking, and who’s working to answer them currently. What are the most radical applications and interpretations of Tech for good, or those with the most ambitious visions of change? She’ll set the scene for the citizens assembly discussion around different possible futures, and the challenges we must overcome to get there.
Indy Johar, 00 (project00.cc) / Dark Matter / Studio Master at Architectural Association (AA)
Indy has co-founded multiple social ventures from Impact Hub Westminster to Impact Hub Birmingham, along with working with large global multinationals & institutions to support their transition to a positive Systems Economy. He has co-led research projects such as The Compendium for the Civic Economy, supporting several 00 explorations/experiments including the wikihouse.cc, opendesk.cc. Most recently he has founded Dark Matter - a field lab focused on radically redesigning the bureaucratic & institutional infrastructure of our cities, regions and towns for a more democratic, distributed great transition.
Carl H Smith, Ravensbourne University London / The Cyberdelics Society / The London Experimental Psychonautics Club / Contextology
Carl is a regular writer and speaker on Humanism, Transhumanism and Hyper-Humanism, and how a new mental model can help us better shape our relationship with technology and the world around us. He will share examples of where mixed reality and other XR technologies are enabling positive context engineering, as well as new modes of thinking and embodiment. He will also share the outputs from a recent XR for XR event, hosted by the Cyberdelics Society which explored how immersive technologies can be utilised to help combat the climate and extinction crisis.
We hope to see you there!
Dama & Ellie (Bethnal Green Ventures + CAST)