There are always reasons why some one writes and distributes a book. The "why" of this book can be answered in at least as many voices as those that have contributed to writing it. The main motivation was to document the Data Ecologies Symposium 2014 organised by Time's Up in Linz, Austria. The subtitle of the symposium was "Tools and Language to think out loud about futures", so Time's invited a range of practitioners to share their thoughts, efforts and expertise on the topic of how futures thinking and every day life intersect. The Book Sprint methodology, described as a "self-documenting conference", seemed like an appropriate way to gather the participants' excitement around thinking out loud about futures.
Here we are: a mixture of playful experts and expert players, professional practitioners, applied theorists, tangent-generating generalists and guerrilla randomness-reducers, trapped in a creepy, Twin Peaky villa deep in the southern parts of Upper Austria trying extensively to summarise, to tangentially collect, to harvest and weave the outcomes of the Data Ecologies Symposium 2014 into a book in just four days. Futurish is a product of this Booksprint. It is a rough-and-ready collection of throughts and propositions related to futures, everyday life, experience and storytelling.
Booksprint participants and external contributors: Alkan Chipperfield, Barbara Rühling, Eva Lenz, Istvan Szakats, Julian Bleecker, Julian Hanna, Justin Pickard, Luis Wohlmuther, Maja Kuzmanovic, Mara Dionisio, Marta Peirano, Nik Gaffney, Peter von Stackelberg, Scott Smith, Tim Boykett, Tina Auer, Trevor Haldenby
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