What Are Wildcards?

This new category was designed to inspire out-of-the-box ideas from our community. The committee invited creative proposals, of any kind, that engage with the theme of resilience—and the result is a mix of visual, interactive, contemplative, and other unique engagements.

See the full schedule in CEST (UTC+2, Amsterdam) here.


New Words for New Worlds
Concertzaal & Zuilenzaal – Monday, 10 October, 11:00am–12:30pm CEST

Cato Hunt, Space Doctors

Curator: Guillaume Montagu, unknowns
Our current language of business is no longer fit for purpose. We are all sharply aware of the urgent need to transition into a regenerative economy, yet the words we use are holding us back. We must stop using vocabulary which roots us within a failing system and instead create a new lexicon of resiliency. By introducing new concepts and metaphors we can redefine organizational success through new values and behaviors which embody the changes we must make. Join us for a live, 3-day hive mind where we come together to co-create some inspiring new starting points for this journey.

Let’s Build a Tool to Redistribute Power Together: An Improvisational Co-Creation!
Tekenzaal – Monday, 10 October, 2:00–3:30pm CEST

Chelsea Mauldin, Public Policy Lab
Natalia Radywyl, Today – Australia

Curator: Guillaume Montague, unknowns
This wildcard session is a conference-wide co-creation activity. Together, all EPIC attendees will reflect on the dynamic relationship between resilience and power. Then, through a facilitated, real-time activity, we’ll collectively generate an actionable power-redistribution framework — a set of strategies for EPIC members to embed social resilience in their work, whether at a major tech or consumer firm, a government agency, or a consultancy. A designed artifact that captures this framework will then be produced and distributed by the end of the conference to the entire EPIC community.

Preservation Through Innovation: New Works Inspired by Tradition
Concertzaal – Tuesday, 11 October, 11:00am–12:30pm CEST

Zosha Warpeha, Independent Artist

Curator: Allegra Oxborough, AERO Creative
In this session, violinist and composer Zosha Warpeha will speak about her artistic research in Norway, which involved an immersive study of Nordic traditional music and the creation of a new body of artistic work. This session will illustrate a participatory model of ethnographic research through which the artist built an embodied knowledge of traditional music and laid the groundwork for artistic exploration and expansion. She will discuss the tension between two visions of preservation—one that captures a tradition in a single moment in time and one that allows the tradition to organically evolve alongside a community—and make the case for the necessity of innovation as a method of preservation and resilience. This session will include musical demonstrations and a short performance of original music inspired by tradition.

Tracing Neighborhoods in the Sky: The Brooklyn Pirate Radio Sound Map
Shaffy – Tuesday, 11 October, 2:00–3:30pm CEST

David Goren, Independent Audio Documentarian

Curator: Jake McAuliffe, ReD Associates
A sonic ethnography centered around an interactive sound map of Brooklyn’s pirate radio stations serving West Indian, Latino, and Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods. Drawing from eight years of radio airchecks, interviews with station operators, listeners, and their opponents, the presentation will examine the cultural and political forces that created this illegal grassroots radio community, its uncertain future, and the methodology behind the project.

When Resilience Becomes Resistance: Recultivating Intimacy through Relational Mindfulness

This session has an attendee limit; please sign-up in advance at the information desk to participate.

Tekenzaal – Monday, 10 October, 4:00–5:30pm CEST

Jonathan DeFaveri, Headspace Health
Chelsea Coe, Headspace Health

Curator: Allegra Oxborough, AERO Creative
What forms of our pandemic adaptation have also become barriers to connection? In this session, we’ll examine the aspects of resilience that support – and sometimes hold us back from – the intimacy and safety we seek to create as ethnographers. We’ll begin by sharing our personal experiences navigating this tension as researchers working in mental health and then lead the group in a partner exercise to explore these themes and offer space to connect and listen. We’ll close with a guided reflection on the experience and the role of interpersonal connection, deep listening, context, and the physical environment in our practice.

Silence: Divergent Listening in the Anthropocene
Tower Room – Monday, 10 October, All Day

Grant Cutler, Independent Artist

Curator: Allegra Oxborough, AERO Creative
Divergent listening describes a listening practice which seeks to raise consciousness or expand on our understanding of reality through the perception of sound. The multichannel sound installation, ‘Silence’, offers a space of quiet reflection, a place to ask questions, share, or rest. It is a room to imagine a more inclusive future, a world of resilience, energized by the clamorous singing of countless life forms. The installation invites participants to immerse themselves in the soundscapes of dozens of endangered natural environments and reflect on the change that an enhanced listening practice might bring to their own lives, work, and environments.

An Interactive Archaeology of the Laptop
Balcony – Monday & Tuesday, 10 & 11 October, All Day

Rita Costa Pereira, Stripe Partners
Simon Roberts, Stripe Partners
Charley Scull, Meta

Curator: Guillaume Montague, unknowns
This interactive poster examines the enduring but often overlooked cultural meaning of the laptop through multiple lenses (e.g. design, technology, marketing) and across the arc of the device’s existence. What the team began as a complementary foundational component for a larger project on the future of VR, became a living deliverable of its own that evolved through a mutually beneficial feedback loop with primary ethnographic research. Key among the learnings were the ways in which the interactive, visual format drove stakeholder engagement while providing a more dynamic approach to foundational learning.

Autoethnography and Whiteness: a Self-Reflective Anti-Bias Workshop for White Folks

This session has an attendee limit; please sign-up in advance at the information desk to participate.

Tekenzaal– Monday, 10 October, 4:00–5:30pm CEST

Kelly Shetron, Writer, Facilitator & Community Builder
Allegra Oxborough, AERO Creative
Nate Mahone, eBay

Curator: Hema Malini, Red Crane Films
In this workshop, we’ll share a structured autoethnographic practice based in feminist consciousness-raising and somatic awareness to unpack how bias shows up in our lives as white people in white supremacy culture. We’ll explore how to increase our awareness of white supremacy culture’s harms, becoming more resilient in our ability to identify, discuss, and work through difficult realities. This session provides first-hand experience and tools for raising awareness, allowing us to recognize and interrupt bias in our personal and professional lives.

Fickle Futures: How Ford is Embedding Collaborative Foresight Work to Survive and Thrive in the Era of Electrification
Thursday, October 6 10-12:00 CEST

Lydia O.Neill, D-Ford
Megan Anderson, D-Ford

Curator: Wafa Said Mosleh, Danske Bank
This workshop gives participants a hands-on window into how D-Ford, Ford’s human-centred design unit, is working to demystify foresight work and make it more accessible and actionable for fast-moving design teams. We will run an online ‘Signals Session’, which will result in a co-created collection of weak signals around a chosen theme. Participants will leave with an understanding of a collaborative approach to foresight work, its risks and benefits, and how similar methods can be adapted for their own work contexts. In doing so, we aim to stimulate reflection on the theme of resilience at a higher level.

The Climate Crisis as Learning Space

This session has an attendee limit; please sign-up in advance at the information desk to participate.

Tower Room – Tuesday, October 11, 2:00–3:30pm CEST

Marc Coenders, Independent Scholar
Floor Basten, Independent Scholar

Curator: Guillaume Montagu, unknowns
In this game, we challenge participants to playfully examine and rethink stories about awakening in the climate crisis using a diversity of frames for analyzing underlying epistemic assumptions. The game opens ways to creatively reconsider and renew our ideas about knowledge construction in the past and for the future. With this, we hope to contribute to the emergence of new designs for learning and education for resilience.