At the end of 2017 we recorded a two-part podcast series called the “New Image of Futurism”. The purpose of launching the podcast was to bring together people of colour whose professional focus is in technology, science and the creative industries, to speak about their work.
Futurists, exploring predictions and possibilities about the future and how they emerge from the present, have a dominant voice heard and hold influence across many different industries. They help develop long-term plans, digital interactions, and key strategies. However the futurist field has one major problem – it is dominated by white males. Whilst the gender imbalance is shocking (only 1/3 of the Association of Professional Futurists; 23% of the World Future Society are female), we observe an even greater disparity when it comes to people of colour. Journalist Rose Eveleth examined why these under-representations matter, and reasoned: “Why does it matter if the vast majority of futurists are white men? It matters for the same reasons diversity drives market growth: because when only one type of person is engaged in asking key questions about a specialty—envisioning the future or otherwise—they miss an entire frameworks for identifying and solving problems.”
Hence, we are following Amy Zalman’s (CEO of the World Future Society) advice: “We need all those other voices because they represent an experience.” Join us on 13 February 2018 (19:00 – 20:30) for this initial roundtable discussion examining the role people of colour play in conversations about the future. We will be joined by creative director Julian Knox, British-born Cypriot award-winning poet and educator Anthony Anaxagorou, and cognitive neuroscientist Araceli Camargo.
THECUBE is a coworking space in the heart of Shoreditch, East London. We pride ourselves in our diverse members community, and are excited to be discussing this topic with our speakers and attendees. If you would like to join the conversation, please sign up for it here.