2021 Night Nomads.

The Night Nomads exist to facilitate bold, daring and sometimes uncomfortable conversations around the way in which digital technology is changing our lives… for better or for worse.

Run over three consecutive Wednesday evenings in March, the events feature outstanding digital legends who have a free license to engage, provoke and challenge us to think differently about our digital futures.

Straying from a normal business event format, the Night Nomads are a rare opportunity to tackle three modern digital dilemmas and their impact on society. How do we consciously design a positive digital future for us and our kids? 

Events at a glance.

Nomad 1: Eliminating hate speech online.

 

Imagine a world where online hate speech is non-existent. Where we can peacefully talk through the differences in opinions; where cyberbullying is eradicated and where social media is not used as a tool for violence.  

 

Nomad 2: RIP online advertising. Overhauling the internet’s business model. 

 

Welcome to an ad-free internet, one which reflects the ideals that created the internet in the first place. Now, how do we sell stuff? Who is paying for the internet and what happened to that company we once called Google? 

 

Nomad 3: Moving beyond our digital addictions into the promise of technology.

 

Technology was meant to make life better, to cut down our working hours, to make us productive, to help us. The reality is, it’s not. But what if we could reach a utopia … where phones are friends; technology is supporting life and doomscrolling is dead.

 

2021 Theme: From a dystopian reality to a utopian digital future

Our current reality reads like science fiction. We are characters in a dystopian novel, waiting for a hero to bring us back to our normal lives. 

Fiction has become reality. 

We’ve read the books (Atwood), watched the TV shows (Black Mirror) and debated the movies (the Matrix). We are constantly surrounded by stories about our potentially disturbing futures – we just never think they will become real.  

Whilst this pandemic was not brought on by technology, the next global apocalypse might be. There are plenty of stories based on the unintended consequences of the omnipresent technology we are creating. 

However, with every potential dystopian future there is an equally powerful utopian scenario. One which sees us healthy, peaceful, safe, sustainable – living happily ever after. 

What will happen if we reverse our fate, heed the warnings of authors, artists and filmmakers and consciously build a utopian digital future? 

This edition of the Night Nomads will use wit, trepidation, complexity and intelligence to tackle three modern digital dilemmas – online hate, digital addiction and an ad-free internet – to truly design a better future for us and future generations.  

Join us to explore the intended consequences of a positive digital future.
 
Loading...