Other New Deals lecture series

Marshall Plan Part II: Farming Next Rural Trade Relationships
Friday, April 9, 2021

Join us for a continuation of our Other New Deals conversation surrounding a Marshall Plan for Rural America, started on February 26th. We are going to dig deeper into the pathways between urban-rural farming practices and how they contend with developing spatial contracts of our material realities.

Once again we will be in conversation with Richard McCarthy (Think Like Pirates), Ben Burkett (Indian Springs Farmers Association), and Emily Sloss (Parsons MS DUE ’18, Farmer and Food System Policy Associate).

For more information about our guests, please see the packet from our first event as well as the videos from our previous conversations in the Other New Deals Series.

The full-size poster for the event series is here.

RSVP here to receive a packet of further information, readings, and a guide to the topic at hand before each event.

Presented by Parsons Urban Graduate Programs at Parsons School of Design Strategies.

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||||||||||||||||| Friday, March 12, 12-2 PM

Future Urban Smartness: Connectivity Zones with Disposable Identities

This is not about alerting the public anymore. There is no more public. People just go from one scandal to another and could not care less if 12 cameras were installed in one afternoon. This is about us. Saving us a place, a space where we can breathe, discuss, think and dream manic dreams. We have two options: either we assist policy to ensure that at least some public space survives, or we build our own parallel systems. The need to provide citizen-focused empowering visions of smart cities planning and development is very much needed, especially when a post-COVID environment requires urban growth “resets” within stringent sustainability limits. Our selected case studies describe some of these current challenges. Two novel utopian visions of technology are proposed: urban “cold spots” and “disposable identities.” The aim is to safeguard human digital rights in the digital smart urban sphere: our cherished freedom of expression, privacy, autonomy, and civic assembly.

Rob Van Kranenburg wrote The Internet of Things (IoT), A critique of ambient technology and the all-seeing network of RFID, Network Notebooks 02, Institute of Network Cultures. Rob is co-editor of Enabling Things to Talk Designing IoT solutions with the IoT Architectural Reference Model, Springer Open Access. He works as Ecosystem Manager for the EU projects Tagitsmart and Next Generation Internet. Rob is the Founder of Council_IoT in 2004 and #iotday. He is in the Top 100 #IOT Influencers list. (10) Top 20 IIoT.

Federico Bonelli is an independent researcher and artist in Italy and the Netherlands. He has training in philosophy of science, history of mathematics and arts. Bonelli is not only an explorer of aesthetic forms, but also an empirical researcher. He previously worked with Philips Research and other artists on realizing the Protoquadro (2003): a deterministic techno-pictorical object in constant change, never equal to itself and unpredictable. Since 2012 he has directed the international site-specific laboratory ‘trasformatorio’ he founded.

Marta Arniani, is the founder and curator of Futuribile. She has extensive experience with both designing and coordinating projects within European Commission funding frameworks for Research and Innovation. Her expertise lies in Digital Social Innovation. Under the Futuribile umbrella she works as strategy and fundraising consultant for universities, private companies and NGOs, curates interdisciplinary workshops and panel discussions, authors reports about inclusive technology innovation, and acts as reviewer for the European Commission.

Past events are recorded and have notes compiled for further discussion. Please email morrishw@newschool.edu if you are interested in previous events, or adding your own knowledge to gathered findings.

Worldmaking is a collective effort.

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Marshall Plan for Rural America
“One intriguing and unexpected wrinkle in an otherwise bleak picture of Americans driven narrow by self- interest and to bond only with those who are like themselves is this: The vision for a future articulated by and experienced through food. Whereas the industrial food system isolates us and hides its true costs, the food movement provides a platform to reestablish connections: Urban with rural, traditional knowledge with science, and supply with demand. Where advocates and eaters together forge new and regional webs of commerce and community, there is hope. In short, this is the start for a new social contract.”

Ben Burkett, Indian Springs Farmers Association, Petal, MS
Ben has made his mark on his community and the world as a farmer, cooperative organizer, and advocate for southern Black farmers.

Richard McCarthy, Think Like Pirates, Brooklyn, NY
 Richard Is a global bridge-builder, communications specialist and community development innovator who forges trusting relations between individuals and communities separated by geography, disciplines, demographics and perceived self-interest. Founder and managing executive director of Market Umbrella a nongovernmental organization committed to cultivating the field of public markets for public good. New Orleans, LA (1995 – 2013)

in discussion with
Emily Sloss, Farmer and Food System Policy Associate, Hillsborough, NC

MS DUE graduate 2018, is a farmer in Hillsborough, North Carolina and works as the Food System Policy Associate for Self-Help Credit Union, a community development financial institution

||||||||||||||||| February 12, 2021, Friday, 4-6pm

The Spatial Contract: A New Politics of Provision for an Urbanized Planet

“The spatial contract is a form of social contract that pays attention to a simple fact: in order for humans to be free, we rely on these basic systems that enable us to act. At the heart of the spatial contract is an agreement to channel that action into ensuring these systems are built, maintained and available to all who need them in big cities and small towns all around the world.”

Alex Schafran is a  writer, planner, geographer, educator and researcher, based in Marin, CA. He is the author of  The Spatial Contract: A New Politics of Provision for an Urbanized Planet (with Mathew Noah Smith and Stephen Hall; Manchester University Press, 2020), and The Road to Resegregation: Northern California and the Failure of Politics (University of California Press, 2019).

Alex Schafran will be joined by Oscar Sosa Lopez (Milano School of Policy and Environment, The New School) and Miodrag Mitrašinović (Parsons School of Design, The New School) in a discussion following the talk.