Sci-Fi Economics Lab
When science fiction meets economics
Press invitation - Sci-Fi Economics Lab - Brussels, November 11, 2019
1% deficit less here, 1% growth there… Our contemporary economy seems reduced to a sad, uninspired numbers game. Leading us downward rather than forward, current economic thinking has lost the radicality of the Marx and Keynes, and the audacity of the Fourier, Owens and Olivetti.
Fortunately, there are still intellectuals on all sides who refuse the status quo and imagine a more desirable future. It is perhaps in the field of science fiction that we find today the newest, most radical and transformative ideas. Far from fanciful clichés, SF makes it possible to free oneself from the constraints of habits, to project oneself into the future. New worlds and “fictional economies” are emerging under the pen of its best representatives. Very often, they carry within them the seeds of a more just and humane society.
The Sci-Fi Economics Lab organizes the meeting of the two worlds around an exceptional day of programming.
A day dedicated to the future with world-renowned speakers
Organised in Brussels on November 11, 2019, the Sci-Fi Economics Lab is divided into three phases open to all.
- Reclaiming Utopia (14:30-16:30 in Kano) - Organised in collaboration with Extinction Rebellion, this innovative workshop aims to mobilize our energies to create a more just, greener and more humane economy.
- The Major Debate (18:00-20:00 at Les Riches Claires) - Cory Doctorow, an essential science fiction author, will give the response to professor of environment and economy Tom Bauler (ULB) on the subject of the viability of “fictional economies”. The conference will be moderated by Kirsten Dunlop (EIT Climate-KIC) and will also be accessible via livestream.
- The Party (21:30-1:00 at La Tricoterie) - Because the concentration of energies requires their release, an open stage/jam session will take us late into the night. Bring your talent and instruments!
For those who wish to contribute to making the event last, a brainstorming session is organized for the next day at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management (14h30-16h30). Goal? Produce the topics for articles to be published in 2020.