Online 1 Oct 2020 Price: Free

The Long Time Sessions is a fortnightly online talk series on cultivating care for the world beyond our lifetimes. BOOK HERE

1 – 2.30pm BST.

2020 is a poignant reminder that we need longer-term thinking now to tackle the existential risks we face and create a better world for future generations. The Long Time Sessions is a fortnightly Zoom talk series on cultivating care for the world beyond our lifetimes. It will bring together leading thinkers and doers from art, culture, philosophy, science, technology, law, finance and politics, to take a longer view. Speakers will explore how engaging with the long-term can change the way we act in the short term. Click here to view all sessions.

In the fifth session, speakers from around the world will look at the ways that present-day inequalities get projected into futures; explore issues of decolonising the future and ask who has access to shaping and imagining futures. Participants include: designer and futurist, Anab Jain (Superflux), publisher Bibi Bakare Yusuf, writer and activist Yasnaya Elena Aguilar, artist and activist Shilo Shiv Suleman, and filmmaker and activist Caterina Coppel.

The Long Time Sessions are organised by The Long Time Project, in collaboration with the RSA and the General Ecology Network at the Serpentine Galleries.


Anab Jain is a designer, futurist, filmmaker and educator. She is Co-founder and Director of design studio Superflux. She is Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna in 2016, leading the Design Investigations (ID2) Program. Over the last 15 years, Anab has gained international recognition for her work and commentary on design, innovation, emerging technologies and complex futures. She is the recipient of the Award of Excellence ICSID, UNESCO Digital Arts Award, and Grand Prix Geneva Human Rights Festival, as well as awards from Apple and the UK Government’s Innovation Department. Her work has been exhibited at MoMA New York, V&A Museum, Science Gallery Dublin, National Museum of China, Vitra Design Museum, and Tate Modern.

Bibi Bakare-Yusuf is co-founder and publishing director of one of Africa’s leading publishing houses, Cassava Republic Press. She has worked as a gender and research consultant in the public, private and development sectors for the BBC, UniFem, ActionAid, eShekels, Central Bank of Nigeria, the European Union and others. She co-founded Tapestry Consulting, a boutique research and training company focused on gender, sexuality and transformational issues in Nigeria. She has a Ph.D in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Warwick. Bibi is also a Yale World Fellow, a Desmond Tutu Fellow and a Frankfurt Book Fair Fellow.

Yasnaya Elena Aguilar is a Mexican linguist, writer, translator, human rights activist and Ayuujk researcher. She is member of Colegio mixe, a collective that researches and promotes the Mixe culture. In 2019 she was invited to the the 14th Legislature in the Chamber of Deputies to give a speech in Mixe, in which she alluded the condition of Mexico’s indigenous languages. Her recent essay Nosotros sin México: naciones indígenas y autonomía is part of the book El futuro es hoy. Ideas radicales para México.

Carolina Coppel is a Mexican independent film producer and human rights activist with extensive experience in the fight for indigenous women’s rights. She is part of the assembly of members of the feminist organization Fondo Semillas. She is the Programme Director of the Ambulante documentary project that supports independent film production which allows marginalized communities to reclaim and strengthen their identity, defend their rights, break stereotypes, and transform negative social assumptions.

Shilo Shiv Suleman is an Indian artist whose work encompasses illustration and installation art. Shilo’s practice focuses on the intersection of magical realism, art for social change and technology. In most recent years, she’s been engaging with biofeedback technology, and the interaction between the body and art. She has created large scale installations that beat with your heart, apps that react to your brainwaves and sculptures that glow with your breath. She is the founder and director of The Fearless Collective which creates public art interventions with women & misrepresented communities across the world.


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