Following directly on from the success and constructive energy of Data Ecologies 2014, Time’s Up hosted a four-day ‘book sprint’ – a collaborative approach in which the aim is to write a complete book in 3-5 days – on the shores of beautiful Lake Attersee. The sprinters included Julian Hanna (M-ITI), Tina Auer, Tim Boykett, and Luis Wohlmuther (Time’s Up), Nik Gaffney, Maja Kuzmanovic, and Alkan Chipperfield (FoAM), Istvan Szakats (AltArt), as well as Trevor Haldenby, Marta Peirano, and Peter von Stackelberg. The purpose of the book was to distil and immediately record the thoughts and debates that came out of Data Ecologies 14; the eventual title of the book was Futurish.
In just four (very long) days, with the help of facilitator and co-creator Barbara Rühling, the sprinters managed to put together a fresh and provocative book that might, for example, be used as a guide to the state of the art of futures studies. Some of the many themes and practices covered in the book include worldbuilding, transmedia storytelling, everyday futures, experience design, foresight, engagement, guerrilla futures, and uncertainty. Crossing the finish line on the evening of the 29th, the sprinters celebrated with a glass of schnapps and, in the case of our own Julian Hanna and three other participants, jumped into the freezing waters of Lake Attersee.
On the last evening the group was joined by Adam Hyde, who has been a pioneer in the emerging practice of book sprints. While the sprinters returned to their respective bases, Barbara and Adam proceeded directly to their next sprint: a group of geographers seeking to develop an open source textbook at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. The four-day book sprint organized by Time’s Up was an extremely productive and highly recommended experience. Definitely a process we would like to see more of in the future!
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