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  • Date and time: Wednesday 22 June 2022, 6.30pm to 8pm
  • Location: Online only
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Join writer and producer Maria Leonard for an interactive workshop using co-creation, creative writing and shared discussion on the plural trajectories for care, work and technology.

Through the course of the evening, we will look at the relationship between climate justice and other forms of ‘futures literacy’, or ways of better understanding the role the future plays in what we see and do, such as pluriversal politics, acts of imagination and future forms of governance.

Building on the research produced by the Invented Futures collective, the session will introduce the concepts of worlding and the commons, organising practices, emerging debates around living with technology and the urgent questions around living together.

By centering the potential of imagination and the notion of ‘plural futures’, we will challenge, question and develop participants’ notion of what makes a future, the kinds of people-led organising it takes to meet the demands of current future trajectories, and the imaginative responses that we need going forward.


“Reinvention is possible. Building is possible. What tools have we to build with except hammers, nails, saws - education, learning to think, learning skills? Are there tools that have not yet been invented?” Ursula K. Le Guin


This event will take place live on Zoom Webinar. You’ll receive a link to join a couple of days before the event takes place and a reminder an hour before. During the event, you can ask questions via a Q&A function, but audience cameras and microphones will remain muted throughout.


About the speaker

Maria Leonard is a writer, researcher and producer who has worked on the cultural aspects of, separately, the future and death. She is currently producer of Invented Futures, facilitator at Theatre Deli, and an associate artist at Spike Island, as well as a poet.

Dr Eleanor Drage is a Christina Gaw Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Centre for Gender Studies and a member of the Gender & Technology Research Project team that is funded in collaboration with the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. Eleanor will join Maria for the online discussion. 

Dr Atoosa Kasirzadeh, philosopher, an applied mathematician, and an engineer who is assistant professor at the University of Edinburgh's Futures Institute and the Centre for Technomoral Futures. 


Invented Futures

Invented Futures is a research collective which brings together artists, writers, researchers and technologists around the principles of speculative thinking to reframe dominant ideas about the future and its alternatives. We ask the following questions:

  • What kind of knowledge, systems and capabilities are required to imagine and build alternative futures?
  • How might speculation, from thought experiments to fiction, to performance and prototypes, provoke dialogue and change?

Based at Spike Island, Bristol, and with living labs throughout Europe, the collective spans fiction writers, researchers and organisations such as the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Cambridge, the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies, UCL Science and Technology, Bristol Digital Futures Institute, the Imagine Festival of Ideas and Politics, and more.

Connect with Invented Futures online:

Invented Futures Instagram

Invented Futures Twitter