Future Friday VII | Mental Health & Technology – 30th May 2019

How can technology help support better mental health? Instead of building spaces that breed toxic behaviour like trolling and bullying, are there ways to use or design technology that instead encourage the values we want? Has the much vaunted decentralisation of access to information been delivered, and how much has it …

Freedom Films VIII: The Babushkas of Chernobyl – 7th June 2019

The Babushkas of Chernobyl (2015, Dir. Holly Morris, Anne Bogart, 71 mins) is this month’s curated Freedom Film Club film. In the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding Chernobyl’s Reactor a community of old women cling to their ancestral homeland. While their neighbours have long since fled and their husbands gradually died …

Future Friday VI | Narratives for Progress: Climate Change – 26th April 2019

Which narratives and ways of framing the seminal challenge of our age have the best chance of helping us meet that challenge, climate change? What are the psychological factors that make it difficult for us to address these large scale (and long time scale) issues and how can we best …

Future Friday V | Global Responsibility – 29th March 2019

How should (and do) current and near-future technology relate to the responsibility of peoples and states to other peoples and states? How can heavily developed countries help developing countries take up the best, and avoid the worst, of the technical means at our disposal? And what should we in the …

Freedom Films V: Suffragette – 1st March 2019

This month’s film is 2015’s historical fiction about the epochal struggle for votes for women, Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette. Interestingly, it was apparently the first film to be filmed in the Houses of Parliament. Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of perhaps the most famous real-life suffragette, Emmeline Pankhurst, has said: What I love about the …

Future Friday IV | Design for Ethics: Culture and Technology – 22nd February 2019

How can we design technology and shape culture in such ways that they support and reinforce peoples’ intuitive ethics and empathy? The next discussion in the Future Fridays series takes place near Cambridge station from 6-8pm on the 22nd February 2019. Please contact us with some information about you and your …