Drawing inspiration from our favourite sci-fi authors we’re headed to a future for Our Networks
2022 2047. Join us over two weeks to call into the present an artefact from an Our Networks more than 20 years ahead. We will collectively narrate the history of the steps that allowed us to get there from here in order to understand where and how we can focus ourselves in the present.
Participate in Our Networks by contributing to the 2047 wiki.
We’ve all been living through these weeks where decades happen. Looking back on our past we find neither dystopia nor utopia. Instead, our history winds in-between, with setbacks and sudden leaps toward the internet and web we want. In order to even try and get there we’ve had to fight to transform the entire world. While there have been great strides in remaking where we live, work, and play as we tackle the interleaved crises of climate, capitalism, and co-option. There are still looming challenges and lingering concerns.
For an event that has been held alongside these struggles, Our Networks has been a place to share victories and defeats together. Out of a sense of large-scale ruin ⤴, we have kept inventing hope, the kind that isn’t optimism, but rather a discipline we practice every single day ⤴. In 2047 it feels like we are at another critical juncture, just like we were in 2022 and 2035.
So once again, what will we make of our futures? How do we learn from our pasts? How do we extend the forms of redistribution and accountability in the spaces, movements, collectives, and institutions that have been our inspirations and homes for the last few decades?
We’re excited to announce our keynote speakers, check back for more details closer to the event:
- Counsul Renata Jones from Open Space Initiative, an extrastate nonprofit organisation that supports research and development of space exploration
- Edie Watson, Slow Network Operator speaking about “Federation over slow networks: Reflections, challenges, and opportunities from”
- Feral computation, a feral committee archival collective, speaking on “liminalithic protocol”
Please Note: We are not hosting a conference, but instead facilitating the creation of a wiki about a conference that could take place in 2047.
Between November 14–27, 2022 we will host a series of online writeathons where we will facilitate contributions and co-writing on to the 2047 wiki. To join us during the writeathons, all you need is an internet connection. You will also be able to edit the wiki fully asynchronously. All events are free, and registration will stay open during the writing period.
There will be four writeathons open to the public and loosely based around the key themes that inspired our call:
After the social reproduction realignment in 2035, a new internationalist workers movement asserted itself in economic decision-making in most territories still under the nation-state tradition. Labour historians reference the “Make Amazon Pay” movement and 2022’s “Hot Labour Summer” as some early seeds of this movement. Yet the persistence of extra-state trade territories, liminalities, «fronterizas maquiladoras», and free ports continue exploitation while developing new forms of precarity. Capitalism may have been “tamed” for some, but persists in many peripheries.
A new paradigm that focuses on how we architect the way people interact with governance towards effective self-governance is in the making, known as: ‘Governance Experience Design’ (‘govexdesign’). This session is an ideation and writing workshop to further co-develop and test the core principles of govexdesign for a future we want to participate in. See more at: https://www.crowdwrite.xyz/metagov/cl7e9sjvc000q09jx9kjhbocz/text. This 2022 session complements the session in the 2047 program.
The splintering of the oldnet into the new internetworks was foreshadowed. Rather than signalling the end of accountable networks, it led to a flourishing of local experimentation alongside heightened censorship and inequities of access in statenets. Community and mesh network operators in Latin America and Africa saw interest increase and trained new operators worldwide. New slow networks, institutions, and collectives stepped into “bridge” roles that forged local and lateral connections between people stuck inside statenets and those on alternative networks with democratic governance.
We’re still in a not-very-just energy transition. Advances in battery and carbon capture followed the rise of green technocrats in the 2030s but impacts have been slow and not distributed enough. An already warmed climate is impossible to ignore, yet solidarity and care led action in the face of heartbreak. New ways of living have changed everything: «buen vivir», degrowth, and ecosocialism re-focused many communities on sociality and belonging. However committed groups of wealthy transhumanists continue to enact the libertarian desire to exit hard-hit regions or even the planet.
Our ways of knowing the world were remade through our responses to the interleaved crises of climate, capitalism, and co-option. New forms of governance, accountable infrastructures, and trust-building reveal just some remakings. Small steps led to big changes – activists fighting for language justice online led to thousands of languages shaping local internetworks post-splintering, states adopting limited frameworks (UNDRIP) was an (existential) surrender on the path to pluralistic autonomy and sovereignty. We ignore the impact of unlikely allies and imperfect movements at our peril.
Please let us know any access requirements you have for attending: firstname.lastname@example.org
How will the event take place?
There is no conference. The call is to invite people to contribute to a wiki (set in 2047) about a conference (that is happening in this sci-fi future). We’ll be hosting a series of writathons during November 14–27, 2022, but async contributions will be possible too. After Nov we will produce some swag (stickers, maybe a poster) inspired by the wiki writings to send out by post to people who registered.
Is the event online or IRL?
All participation will happen asynchronously or live at online writeathons during November 14–27!
Are you actually going to host a conference in 2047?
No. Maybe you could though 🌠
To “submit a character’s name and bio” – should I submit as myself, my future self, or a totally new character from the future? (or any of the above?)
Any of the above! You could write a talk you’d like to imagine your real self giving in 2047, or create a character, or create many characters!
Is the “artefact” the conference? Or will we create a different kind of artefact to capture a conference from the future?
The artefact will be related to the wiki we collectively contribute to during the conference period of November 14–27, 2022. After November, we will produce a physical record (maybe stickers, maybe a poster) inspired by the wiki writings to send out by post to people who registered.