Branch Magazine Symposium: Closing Plenary with Q&A

Michelle Thorne (DE/US), Chris Adams (DE/UK), Christine Lariviere (CA), Andres Colmenares (CO/ES), Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino (UK), Renata Ávila Pinto (GT)

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Fri Sep 10, 2021, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
All times are given in Central European Time (CET / UTC +1).
Linz, In Kepler's Gardens, Zirkus des Wissens

With:Michelle Thorne (DE/US) Editor Branch Magazine and Senior Program Officer Mozilla, Chris Adams (DE/UK) Editor Branch Magazine and Director of The Green Web Foundation, Andres Colmenares (CO/ES) Co-founder of IAM & The Billion Seconds Institute, Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino (UK) Initiator of the Low Carbon Design Institute, Christine Lariviere (CA) Climate Communications, Keynote by Renata Ávila Pinto (GT)

What practices are emerging, and what will we take with us from today? How might the internet serve our collective liberation and ecological sustainability? What is the most elegant next step?

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Christine Lariviere (CA) is a climate change communications professional and amateur naturalist based in Berlin. In her spare time, she gives talks exploring the links between digital media, psychology and narratives, especially in the context of the climate crisis. She’s presented her work at re:publica, Trust and Up.front, and has been featured on the New Models podcast as well as Humans + Computers. She’s been quoted in artnet and High Snobiety.

Michelle Thorne (DE/US) is interested in climate justice and a fossil-free internet. As a Senior Program Officer at the Mozilla Foundation, Michelle leads a PhD program on Open Design of Trust Things (OpenDoTT) with Northumbria University and several art and research initiatives as an Environmental Champion in Mozilla’s Sustainability Program.

Chris Adams (DE/UK) is a co-organiser of the online community Climate Action.tech, and co-founder of greening.digital, a consultancy specialising in helping digital teams, build greener digital products and services. He joined the Green Web Foundation in 2019 to lead their energy, open source and open data initiatives.

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino (UK): Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is a London-based author, consultant and designer. She has worked for over 15 years across the intersection of climate change, ethics and technology and recently ran a virtual climate change themed residency for 15 creative practitioners.

Andres Colmenares is the co-founder of IAM, the creative research lab helping citizens and organisations to anticipate, understand and address the socioecological challenges and opportunities emerging from the coevolution of digital technologies and internet cultures. He is also co-director of The Billion Seconds Institute, a lifelong learning initiative and IAM Weekend, the annual gathering for designers, researchers, strategists, artists, technologists, journalists, policy analysts, looking to collectively rethink the futures of the internet(s). As a strategist and creative foresight consultant he has developed projects and partnerships with organisations as Mobile World Capital Foundation, Tate, Red Bull and BBC, using futures as tools to help organisations grow their cultural relevance by designing alternative learning experiences, tools and programs. He also has contributed opinion articles and short fictions for publications as CRACK Magazine, The Site Magazine or LS:N Global and has been invited as guest lecturer at institutions such as University of Arts London, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Merz Akademie, Berghs School of Communication and ELISAVA School of Design & Engineering of Barcelona.