Ingrid LaFleur



What I’m talking about now.

I live at the crossroads of social justice, politics, technology and the arts with pleasure and play at the center. Taking an Afrofuturist approach, I focus on policies and technologies in development that can potentially affect our local communities. 


Keynotes & Presentations

Each presentation and keynote is a synthesis of my experience as a mayoral candidate, Afrofuturist and curator. Each talk is a journey that includes everything from art to politics to emerging technology to pleasure activism to interplanetary travel.

Current Presentations

Securing Black Futures: Building and Sustaining Economic Transcendence
Emerging technology offers new tools to create alternative economic systems, however, how do we ensure that the harm and violence generated by the current fiat-based capitalist economy does not infect and replicate in these new economies? In this presentation I will share how Afrofuturism can provide a framework from which to properly architect fair and just economic systems. I outline methods and strategies for manifesting collective economic liberation and self-sovereignty using Afrofuturism to heal move beyond and heal the limiting forces of discrimination and institutional racism.

Decentralizing Power: New Economies, New Futures, New Power

In order to work effectively as a group towards a shared vision, it is necessary to have efficient tools that properly organize the group making it easier to achieve the goal. A level of transparency also must be in place to increase trust and responsibility. We now have a way to do all those things. It is called a decentralized autonomous community (DAC). DAC’s have the ability to co-design economies and equitably distribute the power amongst those participants. Sometimes referred to as a digital cooperative, I explain how DAC’s function and support community initiatives and how they are the next stage in the evolution of cooperative economics.

Moderator & Master of Ceremonies

Monthly, I moderate panels that focus on blockchain technology and it’s many uses. Occasionally I serve as a Mistress of Ceremonies.

Co-creation session on the business of cannabis.

Co-creation session on the business of cannabis.


How do we create our own resources so that we don’t always have to depend on foundations? I’m tired of asking for permission to do things we already know are working for our communities.

/  Ingrid lafleur  /


Speaking Engagements

Keynotes & Presentations (abbreviated)

October 31, 2019

Breathing in Blackness: Temporal Dimensions of Utopia, IMPACT19, Essen, Germany

October 18, 2019

Keynote, Society for Utopian Studies Conference, Michigan State University

September 7, 2019

Curating Afrofuturism in Detroit, African Artists’ Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria

August 24, 2019

Building Decentralized Autonomous Communities: A Mission in Process, Women in Blocktech Conference, Accra, Ghana

March 3, 2019

Black Women are the Future panel at The Center for Afrofuturist Studies, Iowa City, IA

March 2, 2019

Equitable Futures panel at The Institute for the Future, Palo Alto, CA

November 2, 2018

The Mechanics of Democracy panel at Festival Albertine, French Embassy, New York City

October 26, 2018

Aural Futures film series at Duke University,

October 25

From Drexciya to Mars: An Interplanetary Water Mission at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute

October 22, 2018

Women in Crypto, LA Blockchain Week

October 20, 2018

Las Vegas Book Festival

September 29, 2018

International Chicago Underground Queer Transcendence Symposium, Chicago, IL

September 10-11, 2018

Black Blockchain Summit, Washington DC

July 28, 2018

Grey Area Festival, San Francisco, CA

July 27, 2018

Women in Art + Technology panel at the Union Square Apple Store, San Francisco, CA

June 1, 2018

Critique of the Political Economy of the City, panel, HAU, Berlin, Germany

April 28, 2018

Keynote, Internet Age Media conference, Barcelona, Spain

April 18, 2018

Keynote lecture at the Economic Social Research Council Urban Transformations Programme, international conference, University of Oxford, Oxford, England

February 15, 2018

Pleasure is the Ultimate Rebellion: Manifesting the Impossible, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC

February 14, 2018

Future of Afrofuturism, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC

October 31, 2017

In the Face of the Unchanging: Pleasure, Politics & Possibilities at the San Francisco Art Institute, CA

October 20, 2017

You Are My Starship: An Investigation of Black American Liberation at Afro-Tech Fest and the Future Re-invention, at the Dortmunder U, Germany

October 18, 2017

The Pleasures of Curating: A Sensual Practice at Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth, Germany

October 7, 2017

Designing Pleasure, Black in Design Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

September 15, 2017

Inside an Afrofuturist Campaign, Ideas City, New Museum, New York, NY


September 6, 2018

Finding the Sweet Spot: The Intersection of Afrofuturism and Blockchain Technology, Techfestival, Copenhagen, Denmark

Panel Moderation (abbreviated)

*As Chief Community Officer I organize monthly events to highlight the different ways blockchain technology can be used to achieve social justice and empower the individuals. Below are the panel discussions I led.

March 22, 2019

Decentralizing Detroit, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

February 21, 2019

Decentralizing Power, Grand Circus Detroit

January 24, 2019

Revisiting Dr. King’s Dream: Economic Equality, Scarab Club, Detroit

November 27, 2018

The Future of Mary Jane: Cannabis and Cryptocurrency, Norwest Gallery, Detroit

October 23, 2018

The Future of the State: Blockchain and Government, Norwest Gallery, Detroit

September 25, 2018

Tools for Preserving Black Spaces, Detroit Sip, Detroit

August 21, 2018

Defining Wealth for an Alternative Economy, Norwest Gallery, Detroit

July 31, 2018

Rebel Detroit: New Economies, New Futures, New Power, Red Door, Detroit

Thursday, March 22, 2018

BlackChain: Why Bitcoin and Blockchain Tech Matters, Norwest Gallery, Detroit