FF Thinking Out Loud

By Magdalena Obmalko

To get us all through the coming weeks, we decided to share our Thinking Out Loud: a curated list of inspiring multi-media inspiration to read, watch or listen to while under lockdown.

Certainly, the current situation we are in, as any large-scale disruptive event in the past, has brought in a lot of anxiety and uncertainty. Times of crisis, however, can also present moments of transformation, space to identify new possibilities to engender change. We’re approaching this period as a moment to critically reflect on the status quo in an attempt to re-imagine old patterns of behaviour. What kind of world will emerge out of this state of unease? How can we not only imagine but make plausible other possibilities? And who gets to have a voice?

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New York: Simon & Schuster.

Dalio, R. (2017) Principles: Life and Work. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.

Constanza-Chock, S. (2020) Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.

Toronto, Canada: House of Anansi Press. Second Edition.

Franklin, U.M. (1999) The Real World of Technology (CBC Massey Lecture Series). Toronto, Canada: House of Anansi Press. Second Edition.

White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing.

Katz, S. E. (2012) The Art of Fermentation: An In-depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World. White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing.

Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.

Smil, V. (2019) Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.


Powers of Ten (1977) Charles and Ray Eames.

A short visual narrative on the scientific notion of scale made by two of the most influential designers of the 20th Century.


The LRB Podcast | Meehan Crist: “Is it OK to have children?”

Meehan Crist explores here the ethical implications of having children in the face of an environmental crisis.

Night White Skies ep. 063 | Nancy Y. Kiang: “The Colour of Plants on Other Worlds”

Is there a life beyond Earth? Dr. Kiang, a biometeorologist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, speaks here about the search for “biosignatures” on extrasolar planets in the context of photosynthesis.

Laurie Anderson: O Superman

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