Digital Prospects

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” Socrates

Join our Digital Prospects group in London or Toronto, and come wonder with us!

Each event focusses on a use of technology, how it could impact our future and options in life.

We invite experts to share their analysis on a specific technology trend, and to debate what impact this trend could – and should – have on society.

These events will be of interest not only to technologists, but to activists, critical thinkers, and anyone who wonders…

Please subscribe to our facebook page, join our Digital Prospects London or Digital Prospects Toronto meetup groups to stay informed of coming events.

The problem

We, as a society, don’t think ahead enough, especially when it’s about new technologies. This is crucial, because new technologies can either promote diversity, or reduce freedom.

Root cause that this project is addressing

The public doesn’t have enough opportunities to debate new technologies with experts in the field. And experts don’t have enough opportunities to open up their minds to the public.

(“absence of a public forum” category according to the digressive approach)

How is this project aiming to tackle the issue?

By organising public forums, or partnering with existing ones, to bring up these topics.

How is this project avoiding to impose any personal view?

Debates are organised in such a way that everybody (panelists and the audience) have the opportunity to expose their views. Our moderators ask the hard questions, most often in connection to philosophy, and have no interest in either promoting or denigrating any new technology.

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Organisers

Christophe Bruchansky, Digital Activist, Toronto

Cyprian Bruck, User Experience Evangelist, London

* Please contact us if you would like to organise an event in your city: contact – at – plural dot world.

Past events

What can Lawmakers Learn from Lean UX?

London (Digital Prospects) and Toronto (Legal Hackers Toronto) – November 2016

See the slides for useful legal tech links!

Panelists

Dazza Greenwood @DazzaGreenwood

Lecturer & research scientist at the MIT Media Lab

Marina Korneeva @MarinaTO9

UX evangelists, Daveta co-founder

Keith McDonald @SherylsCrush

Public engagement consultant

Christien Levien @ChristienLevien

Founder of the Legal Swipe app

Joshua Stark @jjmstark

Head of operations and legal at Ledger Labs

James Moore @reducingwip

Co-founder of F-LEX

Mark Lizar @smartopian

Founder and CEO of Smart Species

The Serendipity Engine – How to bring the unexpected online

London, UK – June 2016

Panelists:

Dr Eitan Buchalter, senior anthropologist at the global innovation consultancy Idea Couture where he specialises in the cultural factors that affect innovative behaviour.

Dr Stephann Makri, lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction at City University London and self-proclaimed ‘prince of serendip.’

Echo Chambers in Media and Social Networks

London, UK – February 2016

See the slides for an introduction to echochambers.

Panelists:

Dr Ellen Helsper, Associate Professor at the Media and Communications Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science.