Reload, Reload

It's been a while since we've published. Instead we've bounced from London to Geneva to London to Ade
Reload, Reload
By Changeist • Issue #26
It’s been a while since we’ve published. Instead we’ve bounced from London to Geneva to London to Adelaide to Malta to Leiden (ok, the last place is an hour away). 
A lot has been going on in the world, and will continue to this week, as you may have heard. We’re dispensing with the core research theme this week as we reload for upcoming projects, and simply offer a crateful of catchup links to what we have been doing, or are about to do. There are some great announcements coming up between now and year end, too, but those have to wait :) 
We’d also like to point at some of the great work our colleagues and networks have been up to, which you’ll find below.
Thanks for your ongoing interest, and we look forward to seeing you *safely* on the other side of this tumultuous week. 
As always, share links, thoughts and questions with us at the locations below.

On The Agenda
Just a reminder we continue to expand our offering of short, long-form and custom How to Future workshops. The goal is to help organizations and groups build or enhance their capacity to engage in concrete but creative identification, building and sharing of new future visions and strategies. Do you have a company free day in the holidays coming up, or an event that could benefit from skill-building or guided exploration? Get in contact and find out how we can help you better design futures—for innovation, policy, or culture—in an environment of uncertainty. 
Susan Cox-Smith wrote this piece for How We Get to Next looking at historical patterns of women’s work, and where the future might take us. In it, she asks, why do we rush women into roles where skills are commodified? Join the discussion in the sidebar. 
The Critical IoT Reading List – Thingclash – Medium
When we launched Thingclash as a public project in 2015, the first thing we did was start a the Critical IoT Reading List as a public resource. Turns out porting it to Medium got people’s attention. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. It’s a living list, so please send suggestions and help it grow. 
Also, we’ve take the best of Thingclash essays and added them to their own publication on Medium, so follow if you want to know about new entries as they’re published. 
I recently had the pleasure of being the guest of Open State, an initiative of the government of South Australia to encourage thinking about innovation and inclusion. My first event was a panel on the Future of Money along with Rachel Botsman and Mark Pesce. Here is the (inexplicably lo-res) video of that talk. think of it as a podcast with nice colors. 
Huge thanks to the whole Open State team for the invitation and care while on a whirlwind run from Amsterdam to Oz.
While in Adelaide, I also had the privilege of joining Jose Ramos, Kristin Alford and Brigette Engeler to respond to Jose’s lecture on the future of cities for the Adelaide Festival of Ideas. This is actual audio (the panel is at the end) so you’ll have to supply your own colors. 
Thingclash - Sibos 2016 - YouTube
We were invited by SWIFT’s Innotribe team to run a condensed version of the Thingclash workshop at Sibos in Geneva this year. This is the video of the full workshop, including the upfront talk explaining Thingclash, and a sampler of the workshop format. We had beautiful walls. 
Private Data Is the Ultimate Luxury Good | Motherboard
Natalie Kane wrote about data as a luxury for VICE’s Motherboard, looking at a recent project by artist Addie Wagenknecht and Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde.
With ‘Westworld’ debuting and a new season of 'Humans’ dropping in the UK, the WSJ took a look at intimate human-robot relations. Madeline Ashby had views. 
Company Town Audiobook | Madeline Ashby |
Madeline’s excellent book, COMPANY TOWN, has hit audiobook form. Grab it for a listen on those long year-end journeys. 
After considerable incubation, the follow-up issue of HOLO, called HOLO 2, should be on bookstore shelves or in your physical mailbox very soon. I wrote a longread reflection on our obsession with patterns in history as indicators of future behaviors. There’s a lot of great textual and visual content inside, so definitely try to get your hands on a luxurious copy.
Those good folk at Nesta had me over to talk about Wet Futures for the recent FutureFest 16 in London. No video as far as we know, but the big idea was that the aesthetics of our futures are shifting from hard and shiny to soft, damp, and possibly a bit sticky. Grab some boots and gloves. 
Image: Ian Forrester / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Image: Ian Forrester / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
The Network
John Willshire - Strategy is Dead - Long Live Meta-Strategy - Video Archive - The Conference by Media Evolution
Friend and colleague John Willshire of Smithery talked metadesign at The Conference in Malmo this autumn. 
Strange Telemetry and Superflux have been collaborating with UK government bodies to use new tools to explore the future of rail travel in that country. Yes, it has a future. 
BBC Radio 4 - Digital Human, Series 10, Haunted
Tobias Revell puts on his Haunted Machines mask to talk about spookiness and technology on BBC’s ‘Digital Human’ radio show. 
David Benque recently uncloaked this fascinating project-in-progress looking at historical patterns in how society tries to understand—and control—the future. 
Liam Young and Tim Maughan have linked up again to paint visions of a near future in what looks like an excellent short film, WHERE THE CITY CAN’T SEE, to be debuted shortly at Heart of Glass in St Helens. Check out the teaser for it here.

His Excellency Warren Ellis finally gave us NORMAL this summer. A tale of broken futurists and forecasters facing something more daunting than the bleakness of their own professional visions, NORMAL blends a few things that are a bit too close to home with a fast-moving, chaotic storyline. It’s a great read, and has been serialized if you like your darkness in four parts. Best yet, Warren is touring the States to promote the book, so USians, check the list to see if he’s nearby. 
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