Developh’s 2022 Talk Themes
Computing, interdependency, the homegrown & organic, tenderness. ✿ We’ve narrowed down themes for our events and programming, informed by Developh’s collective vision & consciousness.
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These are all prompts and starting points — intended to be ambiguous, and themselves all interconnected & open to interpretation.
Everything is interdependent, everything is constantly resurfacing, all is intersectional. We live under and manufacture the systems in which we coordinate, engage, and exchange. How do we step back and realize the abundance of these partnerships? How do we honor and nurture the links we have within and between ourselves, and with that of nature?
Broadly, expect talks about networks, systems thinking, and interdependency. Workshops, discussions, and Are.na walkthroughs are also encouraged!
→ Connectivity is all about interdependency, intersections, and plurality.
We are drawn towards the handmade and personal because they are inseparable from humanity and people. Oftentimes the technology we engage with is commercial and works outside of our self-interest. How can we design and nurture our own spaces and to reclaim agency over our data, platforms, and tools? We want to investigate and learn the principles and technical skills behind cozy skills from programming, archival, to sewing. Making what you need and what the people closest to you need is the most powerful thing you can do — what is small at scale is powerful. When we create technology, we shape it more carefully for the people we love.
→ The homegrown is all about the independent, handcrafted, and personal.
Can we not only reclaim technology as a tool for liberation — can we reinvent it to be a space for care? Can technology be ‘soft’, gentle, and kind? ‘Tenderness’ might be one of the last adjectives we think of when asked to describe computing — which is why we’re interested in prompts, reflections, and methods to craft a more empathetic, consensual, and purposeful web that nurtures love rather than hinders it.
With tenderness comes theories and practices of ethics, care, and consciousness. Radical slowness and love against a web overtaken by efficiency, capitalism, misunderstanding, and hate. In the end, thinking about technology and tenderness invites us to reimagine our relationship with computing from a personal level and in thinking about its potential.
→ Tenderness is all about care, ethics, and softness.
On Our Events
We’re announcing some of our first events soon and would love to hear your voices (it’s not too late!). We’ll also be moving to a donation-based model for events, providing a negotiable 80/20 split (speakers/Developh) to better compensate our speakers for the time and labor they put into our talks — especially as our events generally offer a significant amount of resources and other post-event support.
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