Investing in Futures, developed in collaboration with Marina Zurkow (under More&More Unllimited), includes a deck of playing cards that can be used in world-building workshops (by yourself or facilitated by us), and artworks that we produce using the cards.

The project is an exercise in imagining global tomorrows through conversation, participatory gaming, and craft that helps people make visible future worlds—wild, impractical, idyllic, and utopian—and what it would be like to live in them. In the workshops, participants pick randomly from a deck of cards containing parameters that could describe a society (such as government, food availability, working conditions). Some are absurd, and some quite possible. Through diagramming, doodling, and discussion, each group comes up with a future that suits those parameters and presents it to the other groups. Then, participants are asked to think of themselves as inhabitants of that world: making and sharing cultural artifacts (in the form of performances, objects, or food items) which might exist in it. Our hope is that by imagining alternative global futures from both the bird’s eye view (through world-building) and as individuals in it (through artifact making), participants will see new connections between the personal and the systemic.

More&More Unlimited has conducted workshops at NADA Art Fair, SLSA, University of Rochester, Haverford, and New York University.

Workshops have been run independently using our cards around the world.

Originally developed as part of Kickstart Arts Make 100 series : Kickstarter Campaign.

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