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  • Gray Area Theatre 2665 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94110 (map)

PRIMER, a Speculative Futures conference, will be hosted at Gray Area Theatre in the heart of the Mission District just minutes away from downtown. We’ll be hosting a range of speakers and workshops by leading designers, strategists, and educators who are using speculative and futures design thinking as a tool to create strategies for addressing the evolving world and the emerging technologies and issues that are unfolding within it.

The theme for PRIMER is “Emergent Pathways.”
Emergent pathways can extend their tendrils through time, forge connections between fields, signal new approaches, or offer new conceptual frameworks that expand our thinking about the possible.

Emergent pathways form from incipient footsteps to suggest a potential-but-not-yet realized path. They invite us to encounter a familiar landscape anew. As vehicles for speculating about the future, such pathways can represent traces in the brush, weak signals that point us in unexpected directions. They provoke by entering our consciousness obliquely as tentative threads of unlikely connection. But they also suggest a scaffolding for us to imagine denser networks in their wake, like tributaries along which future cities may one day flourish.

*Speakers & Workshop tickets will be released throughout December/January.