Douglas Rushkoff in conversation with Julia Watson

Lo-TEK Design by Radical Indigenism

28 October 2020
20:00 — 21:00

Location: IMPAKT main programme online

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Douglas Rushkoff was named one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by MIT. His work explores what it means to be human in a world dominated by social media, algorithms and robots. For the IMPAKT Festival he talks to anthropologist, environmental activist and landscape designer Julia Watson about her new book LO-TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism, which offers a new take on technology.

Whereas high-tech digital technology alienates us from one another and from our environment, the Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is all about a symbiotic relationship with nature. Indigenous communities are among the groups hardest hit by climate change; yet, their knowledge can teach us how to deal with extreme situations. We need as much diversity and innovation as possible in order to create a climate-proof living environment. What can we learn from this ancient knowledge? Which solutions can it provide us to survive the climate crisis? How do we create a space for natural systems in a world dominated by digital technology and capitalism?

This conversation is part of a series of two, in which Douglas Rushkoff talks with special festival guests about contemporary social issues. Don’t miss the other conversation with Sonia Shah about migration and the climate crisis.


The conversation with Julia Watson is made possible by Het Nieuwe Instituut with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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