To face the multiple crises of our time, more than ever we need spaces of hope and resilience. The Risktakers Fellowship aims to create one such space – a space to dream, plan and explore the possibilities and what-ifs that enable us to re-imagine the status quo through a wide range of voices and perspectives, in the digital world and beyond.
What kind of world do we want to live in? What do just, diverse and inclusive visions of the digital future look like if we dare to explore new ways of thinking? How can we stand up to the urgent matters of our time – such as the climate crisis, the rise of conservative and totalitarian politics, intersectional discrimination and violence, social inequalities, war – taking into account their complex relations and interdependencies? And what role do we want digital technologies to play in societies which centre around care, collaboration and sustainability, rather than economic growth, optimization and competition?
We, the Allianz Foundation and SUPERRR LAB, invite you to take on the challenge and shape new narratives and knowledge practices. Let’s dare to dream of equal and inclusive futures because, as Gloria Steinem said, “dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”
“The Risktakers Fellowship – Daring to shape new digital futures” is a fellowship programme by Allianz Foundation and SUPERRR LAB.
Digital technologies are designed and used in ways that benefit certain groups while excluding or even harming others. By reflecting the lived realities of our societies (for example, the gender gap in access to resources and the under-representation of those pushed to the margins), they uphold existing systems of power and reinforce inequalities.
The Risktakers Fellowship aims to create a space to rethink dominant systems and practices by imagining alternative approaches and new possibilities for desirable digital futures. It acknowledges and supports the work of people who dare to resist common – and often comfortable – narratives by drawing attention to social and structural grievances as well as offering possible solutions and exits. The Risktakers Fellowship sees desirable futures centering around care, equity and sustainability are possible if we dare to imagine and build them together.
Information Security Director,
Human Rights Watch
Leader of Platform Tu (Mariupol, Ukraine) – currently in exile
Creative Director, FutureEverything
Co-founder, Dreaming Beyond AI
Founding Director at Postane