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.
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.
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 /
Keynotes & Presentations
March 3, 2019
Black Women are the Future panel at The Center for Afrofuturist Studies
March 2, 2019
Equitable Futures panel at The Institute for the Future
November 2, 2018
October 26, 2018
October 22, 2018
October 20, 2018
September 29, 2018
International Chicago Underground Queer Transcendence Symposium
September 10-11, 2018
Black Blockchain Summit, Washington DC
July 28, 2018
Grey Area Festival, San Francisco
July 27, 2018
Women in Art + Technology panel at the Union Square Apple Store, San Francisco
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
October 20, 2017
October 18, 2017
October 7, 2017
September 15, 2017
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