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Witness: Imagine Life, Work & Tech in a Low Carbon Future

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We use a new toolkit to think creatively about planning for times of crises, with experts from different sectors and disciplines.

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Explore divergent futures and discover how you can help shape a better tomorrow.

Locations: Participate from anywhere!

  • Online event (90 min) 14:00-15:30 CET
  • Physical event in Brussels (COVID Safe Ticket (CST)) 10:00-11:30 CET

The last two years have been a stark lesson in how global events can affect people’s lives on a personal level.

These are the themes that the NGI Impact Conference explores. Through a program of live and online events, conference participants take a look at all-encompassing philosophies, sweeping economic policies and historic social trends, and asks what these might look like through the eyes of ordinary people living through them.

Through experimentation, play and discussion, the NGI Impact Conference is an exercise in asking the question “How can we use Internet Technologies to make the world better...and how would we as individuals fit into that story?”

The event is open to all, you don't need a PHD ! Just bring your interest in technology, economics or politics.

A range of topics to explore

The event takes place in a fictional setting designed to give people the chance to explore themes around climate change, technology and economics through gameplay, discussion and storytelling.

The setting is called “Witness”, a collection of artificial islands floating on the ocean of a future Earth devastated by climate change. Each island, or “distrikt”, is closely connected to every other, but also has its own unique identity, philosophy and systems. Each distrikt acts as a sandbox to try out different economic and political ideas.

Witness is a place where people can imagine societies unrestricted by conventional ideas about “how things have always been”, but must still operate within the real-world boundaries of plausible technology and the plurality of human nature.

A Toolkit to anchor NGI debates in desirable futures

The Witness toolkit creates a space where event participants can experiment with the ideas proposed by Witness, using the rules of gameplay to reflect the real world constraints those ideas must operate in.

In the toolkit each distrikt has a deck of cards including a range of policies and tools reflecting that distrikt’s philosophy. Throughout the game participants are faced with various challenges and crises, using their deck, either collaboratively or competitively with other participants, or by themselves, to respond. A single distrikt’s deck can be used to demonstrate how one school of thought might succeed or fail, while multiple decks can be combined to create the player’s idea of a perfect society.

As people explore Witness they will think and talk about how society should deal with challenges ranging from environmental catastrophe to pandemics, to how new technologies will affect us all.

More specifically we will explore insights on we can draw on how we should build, monetise and regulate the Next Generation of Internet Technologies so that they contribute to the wellbeing of people and planet. Professional and personal.

What happens in Brussels on November 29?

Teams will be organising NGI Impact Conference events in different cities in Europe.

In Brussels we will do it à la Belge :) We will host a nice brunch where we discuss, learn and make new connections that can lead to exciting collaborations.

The brunch is free of charge. To avoid food waste, we ask participants for a small deposit that is returned to you on arrival at the event venue.

A Collective Intelligence project

The NGI Impact Conference is embedded in a global network of experts exploring different alternatives for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. It is organised by Edgeryders- The Collective Intelligence Company. This event is part of the Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative, launched by the European Commission in the autumn of 2016 and has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 825652 from 2019-2021.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to think creatively about the future! Secure your ticket now.

See you on November 29!

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This event is organised by Edgeryders - The Collective Intelligence Company. Collaboration is the superpower of the human species. We help people and organisations to harness the power of collective intelligence for wiser, more effective ways to work together and make decisions (learn more).

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