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futuribile / curating futures - Issue #16 - 2019

Aloha, Welcome to 2019. Below, a picture I took on the first day of the year in Milan. A forever soon
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futuribile / curating futures
Welcome to 2019. Below, a picture I took on the first day of the year in Milan. A forever soon-to-be-repurposed railway yard, a contemporary art foundation, the legendary local fog blending with a polluted sunset, walls tagging samples. Not the best quality, but the subject is one of my hometown favourite landscapes. It carries at the same time a busy past of everyday usage and a projection into a future function, but first and foremost it is all about its present emptiness. It makes space for multiple interpretations, and relieves the sight with a rare long shot perspective. Since I can remember it has escaped the laws of extreme optimisation, and in this, it has been a precious thought trigger.
Reality is more complicated and unstable than what we can see and define in the boundaries of disciplines, nations, industry verticals, urban planning. The very notion of reality wavers. May 2019 be a year to create spaces, connections and meanings where apparently there is none, and to put out courageous and creative proposals in the folds where we have some agency.
Marta Arniani
PS: I am experimenting a slower newsletter frequency. This is a minimalist issue, I will be back in full swing with the next one. If this is your first, welcome. This is a space where I share resources, tools and thoughts for contextualising the world’s continuous transformation, especially in light of the digital one. Ultimately, I want to contribute to a culture of innovation that shifts the focus from almighty technology to purpose and social impact.

Ideas to start off 2019
As European Parliament elections approach, a look into the dangerous rebranding of the German far right, which is appropriating leftist methodologies and authors with nonchalance: “These people operate in the moral vacuum that has been left by our politicians. Patriotism, community, identity — these are instinctive needs people have and that were denied them for a long time.” Cheer up with Nathalie Wynn, a trans socialist dropped out of academic philosophy (“a guided tour of history’s most boring homosexuals.”): her channel Contrapoints is what the NY Times defines “saving YouTube from alt-right domination”.
Speaking of YouTube… The attention economy narrative presents attention as a resource. But attention is also what joins us with the outside world, and a more curious and creative tool than we would tend to think. You know I am a big fan of problems framing: this article does an excellent job in presenting attention as a way of being alive to the world.
In the deluge of 2019 trends articles, I suggest this one about meta-trends: in most industries we will see the shift from siloed, personal experiences to collective ones, privacy and green as a product, and the big data backlash.
If you are into New Year’s resolutions (as anticipated I do mine in September, so that I can abandon myself to Romantic spleen in January), here you have 24 ways to lead an anti-capitalist life in a capitalist world.
Put the past behind. Move forward. In case you are still regretting that early bitcoin you bought and spent immediately for a pizza… Four Days Trapped at Sea With Crypto’s Nouveau Riche:
It’s only my first day, but it’s clear this is not the Burning Man-style celebration of the liberatory potential of decentralization I was promised. This is a locked-room, hard-sell pitch session to a literally captive audience of high-roller crypto investors, whose only escape is the lifeboats. The whole place smells of aftershave and insecurity. But if you want to know how power actually operates in any community, watch the women.
Of the 400-plus passengers, many—I’d guess at least 150—are “hostesses” from Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus, and many are offering services unspecified. Most blockchain events have a gender balance problem. The cruise organizers have allowed the decentralized free-market to solve that problem the best way it knows how.
Oh, dear!
Macaulay Culkin
Merry Christmas to me, from all of you!

My new middle name has been chosen. You voted and the winner is clear.

In 2019 my new legal name will be:

Macaulay Macaulay Culkin Culkin.

It has a nice ring to it (if you like my name).

That’s all. With my best wishes for a kickass 2019.
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