African & Afro-futurism – June 17th (8pm bst)

June 17th, we will be joined by the amazing Edafe Onerhime, talking about African and Afro futurism and why its such a incredible vision of the future most are not aware of. Its a long time in coming but perfectly timed as we all look to the future.

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The future of human values – 25th March 2021

In March, we were joined by Lianne Kerline, Senior Producer at BBC R&D in Salford to discuss the idea of Human Values and how they can inform the way we design products for people. In her talk, Lianne took us through the basics of what human values are and offered a view for how they can be translated into positive design practices. 

One of the most interesting observations Lianne makes is that while behaviour is observable and measurable, it does not always reflect the needs of the user. While behaviours can change quickly, values remain the same. This is a vital insight for designers because it means that the metrics they use to determine success criteria may not truly reflect the needs of their audience. Naturally, this is a big concern for public bodies such as the BBC but can have broader application in private businesses too. 

As ever, the talk is made available immediately after the YouTube Live event and you can catch-up with it here:

And, if you are still hungry for more, this month we have a wonderfully extended watch and read list. 

Watch:

The Social Dilemma

The Great Hack 

Read

Donut Econimics, Kate Raworth 

The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy, Mariana Mazzucato

Tiny Habits, BJ Fogg

Discover:

Bento Society: https://bentoism.org/ 

Centre for Humane Tech: https://www.humanetech.com/ 

Our next Futurists Live event will be on April 15th (yes that’s today!) with Dr Jonathan Ashlong-Lampty discussing The Future of Diversity and Inclusion. Jonathan is the founder and managing director of Element Of Inclusion, a consultancy that helps businesses to design inclusive companies for the 21st century. His work takes him around the globe, researching trends for inclusivity and gathering case studies to inform the advice he gives. Jonathan also hosts The Element of Inclusion, a weekly podcast about applied learning and thought leadership.

You can find the event on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2393082670838154/

And you can take a look at our YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGugwxwZEqGAP_j-QbGCf6A

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The Future of Internet Health with Solana Larsen

https://2020.internethealthreport.org/

This month, the Manchester Futurists welcomed Solana Larsen from Mozilla to talk to us about the 2020 Internet Health Report. Solana is responsible for the report and each year uncovers some of the most interesting research around the topic of internet health. 

Defining internet health is difficult to do but the report covers a broad range of issues from diversity in tech to internet blackouts and the power structures we don’t always see when we log on. In this talk, Solana discussed the various approaches we could take to the health of the internet and highlights some of the biggest issues we face today. 

As ever, the talk is made available immediately after the YouTube Live event and you can catch-up with it here:

And if you are still hungry for more, here are the links to the Mozilla Festival and the International Health Report itself.

Our next YouTube Live event will be on March18th. This time, we will be discussing Human Values with Lianne Kerlin, a Senior Research Scientist at the BBC. Her work is focused on what people consider to be important and valuable in their lives, taking in ideas such as “connecting with others” and “exploring the world”. While this research began as a look at digital wellbeing, it has quickly expanded to encompass long-term planning and how understanding these values can offer an opportunity to deliver real positive impact to everyone. 

You can find the event on Facebook here

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