Five young dancers wearing blue and red pennies and vibrant tights are falling to the floor DaNCEBUMS in our first performance. Photo: Farrington Llywen

DaNCEBUMS’ 7 Commandments for Collaboration

Earlier this week I was looking through my digital memory box. My heart was warmed when I found these seven commandments for collaboration DaNCEBUMS wrote when were were just starting our journey in 2013.

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May 10, 2022 DaNCEBUMS Collaboration

Group of dancers and media workers in rehearsal for IN THE RIVER Dancers and media workers in rehearsal for IN THE RIVER. Photo: Eben Kowler

From Prophecy to Foresight, Reflections on IN THE RIVER

Last month, I wrapped production on a show I was working on called IN THE RIVER. This was a unique project that dealt with themes related to foresight. How do we understand the past? How do we to interpret the present? How do we create pockets of a a desired future in the present?

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May 5, 2022 Performance Prophecy Foresight Donella Meadows Seven Fires Apocalypse Collapse Transformation

Kaleidoscopic view of people riding an escalator and exiting into a concrete plaza. Photo: Chris Barbalis, Unsplash

Why Foresight?

Foresight, also called futures research, is a unique field that brings together omnivorous research, systems thinking, analysis, and creativity in order to create plausible images of the future. But to what end? What are the strategic benefits of futures research?

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December 20, 2021 Foresight Process

Apple with syringes sticking into in on an orange background. Image: Diana Polekhina, Unsplash

GMO 2.0: Overhyped, Underhyped, Justhyped

With technologies like CRISPR, digital twins, and cisgenic gene editing there is a nascent boom in synthetic biology.

This year, the New Yorker and New York Times Magazine both ran in-depth articles reporting on the potential of hacking photosynthesis and anti-oxidant enhanced tomatoes. Yet in 2020, 38% percent of adults in the United States think genetically modified foods are unsafe. Younger generations are even more skeptical. Will innovation be able to outpace the public’s doubts?

The concept of Overhyped, Underhyped, Justhyped? is that I will describe a trend, and then you vote on whether it is Overhyped, Underhyped, or Justhyped. Periodically, I’ll check in on the trend and share the voting results.

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December 20, 2021 Overhyped Underhyped Justhyped Trends Food Biotech Climate Change

Tweet reading: “i’m tired of self care. i think it’s time for other people to start taking care of me instead” Image: Mira Gonzalez, Twitter

Self-Care: Overhyped, Underhyped, Justhyped?

Initially a practice for the chronically ill to manage their health conditions and gain autonomy, today even the hale and hearty approach self-care with righteous fervor.

The concept of Overhyped, Underhyped, Justhyped? is that I will describe a trend, and then you vote on whether it is Overhyped, Underhyped, or Justhyped. Periodically, I’ll check in on the trend and share the voting results.

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December 19, 2021 Overhyped Underhyped Justhyped Trends Self Care Health

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse by Albrecht Dürer with Qanon, China, the Coronavirus and a flaming earth over the horsemen’s faces. Image: Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Albrecht Dürer

The Apocalyptic Mindset: Overhyped, Underhyped, Justhyped?

Whether based in reality, fantasy, or some combination of the two – no matter what your theological or political persuasion there is something to keep you up at night.

The concept of Overhyped, Underhyped, Justhyped? is that I will describe a trend, and then you vote on whether it is Overhyped, Underhyped, or Justhyped. Periodically, I’ll check in on the trend and share the voting results.

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December 13, 2021 Overhyped Underhyped Justhyped Trends Climate Change Apocalypse