A Tech Futures Lab community meet-up
Conversations to create impactful futures
Since the control of fire by early humans, technology has been the launchpad for humanity’s incredible journey, but it is still just a tool. As with fire, which can both cook your dinner and burn your house down, today’s emerging and disruptive technologies also come with both opportunity and caution.
That’s what Converge is for: to provide a space for the urgent and essential conversations and discussions we need to have about emerging and disruptive technologies and how they impact our work and our lives.
Hosted by Tech Futures Lab, but run by whoever wants to share and contribute, Converge meets fortnightly (online only at this point) and invites in ideas, projects or challenges that anyone in the Tech Futures Lab community is working on.
Converge is open to all involved and connected to Tech Futures Lab, from present and past students across all programmes, advisors and moderators, industry experts and speakers and staff. It’s an ideal place to have robust discussion amongst a group of curious, open-minded critical thinkers to get feedback, ask questions, seek input or hear alternative viewpoints. Its non-hierarchical and democratised; everyone (and no one) is both teacher and learner. And it’s completely free.
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If you’ve got an idea, project or challenge you want to sound out with the Tech Futures Lab community, this is your forum to do that. Whether it’s half baked or nearly done we welcome you join in and share.
Just complete the form below to participate as a contributor to the meet-up. We’ll get in with touch you directly to coordinate the best session for you to present at. See below for more on how the meet-up sessions will run each fortnight.
Converge is a space for robust conversations amongst the Tech Futures Lab community about emerging and disruptive technologies. To receive email notifications about upcoming Converge meet ups and/or put your hand up to be a Contributor at Converge, please opt in using the form below.
The approach of Converge is to not over-organise it – it’s not an event, it’s a meet-up. The more informal and organic it can be, the more that genuine conversation and engagement will occur. That’s the idea. But to be worth everyone’s valuable time there is some structure to it.
Converge is designed to facilitate more opportunities for critical engagement with emerging disruptive technologies. The critical engagement component is core to this – we want this to help shine light on blind spots, open up perspectives and instil a practice of systems and impact thinking. But the approach must still align with our Te Ara Kotihi principles and values, underpinned by manaaki, rangatiratanga, pono and ako.
To achieve this, we’ve set some house rules. Joining the Converge community requires you agree to these.