Black Canvas: Reimagining The World
This session offers an opportunity to gain perspective on our Earthly assumptions in a place where everything is possible.
Building on the idea of outer space and its darkness as a ‘blank space of opportunity’, the session offers us an opportunity for contemplation, reflection and imagination. This space appears empty and is ready to be filled with ideas that don’t yet exist.
We can harness the creative power of the participants to re-imagine our world. We will create a spellbinding moment in space-time, blending a myriad of topics and perspectives to co-create new possibilities for our shared existence.
Today, we are being forced to transform the way we have been living and, perhaps, this is a glimpse of the major structural changes that we have to make in the near future. Reimagining systems and ways of relating to each other are of paramount importance if we are going to preserve the planet with all its human and non-human forms.
Jessica von Farkas
Jessica is passionate about humans and about co-creating an equitable future. Within the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Jessica organizes their Regional Responsible Leaders Network in North America where she builds bridges between leaders, organizations and movements, with the aim of cultivating a community of purpose to inspire Responsible Leadership and to advance the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.
Global Catalyst, League of Intrapreneurs
Environmental Defence Canada’s Green Champion of the Year and winner of the Spirit of Lord Michael Young Award, Marjorie Brans has obsessively wondered: “Can any type of market economy be reconciled with deep care for the planet and all of its creatures?” Seeking an elusive answer, she has hunted for clues on five continents in multinational corporations, venture capital funds, tiny social businesses, and charities. To recruit and train fellow explorers for the quest, she co-founded four nonprofits that meet at the intersection of economic, social, cultural, and environmental transformation and is now working full-time on COVID humanitarian response. Despite their tired feet, Marjorie and her co-travelers suspect the answer is “yes.”
Internationally renowned artist described by VICE Media as “a truly visionary artist who is creating new views of how we should get closer to our planet and the universe we inhabit”. Nahum is the Founding Director of KOSMICA Institute and has developed cultural and artistic projects with ESA, NASA, Roscosmos and SpaceX. Nahum was the first artist to be recognised as a Young Space Leader by the International Astronautical Federation for his contributions to astronautics and space exploration. He is an Adjunct Faculty member at the International Space University where he lectures about art, humanities and creativity in space activities. Nahum has presented his work alongside Nobel Laureates and international leaders in the fields of technology, science and culture. Currently he is a Board Member of SpaceEU, an initiative to foster a more inclusive space community in Europe.
Pablo Suarez is a visiting fellow at Boston University, honorary senior lecturer at University College London, and artist in residence at the National University of Singapore. He is also associate director for research and innovation at the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. He has consulted for the UN Development Programme, the World Food Programme, the World Bank, Oxfam America, and about twenty other international humanitarian and development organizations, working in more than 60 countries and running sessions from rural Ethiopia to the White House and from NASA to the Vatican. His current work involves creative approaches to risk management – ranging from self-learning algorithms for flood prediction, to collaboration with artists and humorists to inspire thinking and action. Pablo holds a master’s degree in planning, and a Ph.D. in geography.