Hope and action with Mushon Zer-Aviv

We are the ones feeding the machines

By Kristin Gecan

Mushon Zer-Aviv
Mushon Zer-Aviv

Episode 10, the last episode of With Intent's first season, is available now. (Subscribe now to get our second season delivered!)

Mushon Zer-Aviv is an activist, artist, and designer. He's currently at work on devising new ways of understanding change and the future—ways that account for the limits of forecasting and consider the "darkness" of the future as a place for hope and possibility.

As he explains:

This data-driven world that we find ourselves living in is very, very limited in what it can offer us politically, what it can offer us creatively. And that, I think, really requires us to embrace the darkness as the best thing the future can be.

He also discusses systemic bias, the value of small talk, his appreciation for Rebecca Solnit, Naomi Klein, and Milton Friedman, and how his work brings provocation and action together.

Mushon is a 2021 Latham fellow at the Institute of Design. Discover a conversation with Mushon, ID Associate Professor Laura Forlano, executive director of the Institute for the Future Marina Gorbis, and co-founder of the Design Studio for Social Intervention Kenneth Bailey on our YouTube channel here.

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Meaningful work with Marina Gorbis
Social arrangements with Kenneth Bailey
Laura Forlano on futuring