As things fall apart, do you hold on tight to the superstructures that are crumbling, or worse, that have already crumbled away?

Or do you jump, flail, and eventually learn how to enjoy flailing within the reality of the cyclical dynamic destruction-creation that is life within civilisational collapse?

Wait actually, you don’t have to answer that.

Your reaction to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report (IPCC AR6) has already told me everything I need to know about your opinion on hopium addiction.

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Let me describe, very generally, three common patterns of expression I’ve witnessed by…


Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson both have space-related escapades in the works, and no one wants them back on Earth.

Short answer — two prongs: direct action and systemic intervention. But it’s not that simple or straightforward.

I hope you like metaphors, because I have an Analogy House for you — it’s an analogy for breaking colonial hegemony.
I modelled it in SketchUp freehand and everything.

You are, or have been brought up, middle/upper-class in the Global North, which are more or less the relatively privileged parts of “developed” nations. You are most probably white, or you are fair-skinned compared to others in your region, and you identify greatly with contemporary Western culture. …


This is a transcript of Tyson Yunkaporta’s talk at Media Futures Hub, University of New South Wales, in late May 2021.

What’s the difference between good story and bad story?
You gotta have your foundational narratives right.

Let’s kick off with some story with the word smart — smart houses, smart contracts. Let’s see how clever they really are.

If you really are making sure that the foundations of your knowledge are sitting in good story, there has to be room for new ones, always.
Bad stories don’t have that.

For a start, good story has place, but also…


Read this piece with me:

Unprocessed sound recording — background suburban traffic and an attention-seeking kitten named Trouble included.

Watching television growing up, my younger sister would pay vastly more attention to the advertisements than the actual programme. She would find the programme boring — the colours and sounds uninspiring.

When the ads would come on, the rest of us would walk away for bio breaks or to fetch snackage. The loud music, flashing glittery colours, and heavily-made-up celebrity faces using voices they would otherwise reserve for speaking with toddlers or pets — would enthrall my sister. …


We are a social species on a social planet: relationality is everything. Power, politics and governance are embedded in the way ecosystems evolve and grow — natural or human.

Intersectionality is about recognising and acknowledging our unique, complex relationalities. Intersectionality is about recognising the many worlds within us.

Yes, I’m talking about race and racism. I’m also talking about culture and hegemony.

Intersectional activism, especially in environmentalism, is a show of opposition to the One World world sold by Western civilisation — rebelling for our very survival.

Taman Negara (“national park” in Malay) was established in 1938/1939 as the King George V National Park after Theodore Hubback lobbied the sultans of Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan to create a protected area. With a total area of 4,343 km², it is one of Earth’s oldest deciduous rainforests, estimated to be more than 130 million years old. (Photo credit: Ihab, 2015)

Let me start by recognising that heritage confusion is experienced by all of…


Here’s what I had to say in my keynote at regen·era rising, the Design Science Studio’s week-long launch event.

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I’m coming to you from Metro Manila, Philippines. It’s morning here.

The City of Manila was “officially” founded as a Spanish city on 24th June 1571, by Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi. This is regarded as the city’s official founding date even though a Tagalog-fortified polity called Maynilà had already existed on the site, dating back as far as 1258.
And with that founding by Legazpi, the world’s first global cities were born: Manila, Madrid and Acapulco.

The Manila…


We live in an era of civilisational destruction — of cities consuming nature. The collapse of the Global South is also the collapse of Mother Earth. We live a spiritual crisis, a consciousness crisis. Global leadership collapses. And even as decay happens, new shots arise. New plants are growing. At the intersection of technology and regeneration, using the colonisers’ language and platforms to decolonise the future.

POSSIBLE FUTURE’s first dialogues were held at TEDxGRC on 17th October 2020, with three panels: The Story of the Global South, Decolonisation & DTM, and Pluriversality & Regeneration.

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Vibriofischeri:

Thank you…


We live in an era of civilisational destruction — of cities consuming nature. The collapse of the Global South is also the collapse of Mother Earth. We live a spiritual crisis, a consciousness crisis. Global leadership collapses. And even as decay happens, new shots arise. New plants are growing. At the intersection of technology and regeneration, using the colonisers’ language and platforms to decolonise the future.

POSSIBLE FUTURE’s first dialogues were held at TEDxGRC on 17th October 2020, with three panels: The Story of the Global South, Decolonisation & DTM, and Pluriversality & Regeneration.

Nolita Mvunelo:

Hello to everyone…

Samantha Suppiah

Southeast Asian trickster. Design strategist for sustainability & regeneration. Systems navigator. Creative disruptor. www.possiblefutures.earth/samantha.

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