Hi everyone, Kevin here.
Next week we will have two events you can join to engage in conversations with me and the community.
Virtual Chalet Meetup, Tuesday 21 November
Our virtual chalet sessions are informal discussions which run once a month. Join the community on Tuesday 21 November at 6 PM CET 👇
What can designers learn from SolarPunk, Thursday 23 November
This event will be hosted in Lausanne. If you're close to Switzerland, join me, the IxDA and Design & Critical Thinking communities for an exploration of SolarPunk narratives and some principles to include in your practice.
I consolidated the series of posts on Solarpunk into one article:
I've written a short critical response to a questionable (bad) promotion of Systems Thinking to designers:
Are designers a threatened species by
climate change capitalism, who lost all agency in the face of its diversity collapse? I know this analogy sounds bad and that's why we need to take a critical look into it:
AI as a belief system
“[...] I’m not convinced that accuracy or “consistently telling the truth” matters for sustained mass-market adoption [...] humans are already adept at functioning with a baseline of inaccurate information because it is hardwired into how we remember, recollect and communicate [...] our current discomfort lies with the shift to AIs (and the people in organisations that develop them) becoming the primary source of that inaccuracy, instead of people or sources they have acclimatised to being the initiator. When enough people believe in an inaccurate version of events, for all intent it becomes the new reality.”
Solarpunk rizhomatic network
Soft mobility enabled by Intermediate Vehicles is an interesting growing theme (at least in Europe) and a “low-tech” response to the all-mighty electric car. Today represented by strong communities of makers, some countries are subsidising development for larger audiences, for mixed contexts, in-between city and rural areas.
[Video in French that presents various Intermediate Vehicles] 👇
Corrolarry to this post: Why Norway — the poster child for electric cars — is having second thoughts. 👇
The ecology of tech innovation
Thanks for reading and looking forward to meeting you!
Kevin from Design & Critical Thinking