Chronference: A symposium on time

At dawn on the spring equinox in Melbourne, a group of professional futurists, business strategists, artists, changemakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the curious gathered for Chronference, to expand their capability for understanding how their perspectives of time may shape future possibilities.


What is a “chronference”?

Chronference is an experimental, pop up time travel symposium for people who are interested in time and futures.

Did it really start at 4:42am?

Of course. The early, precise start was to play with preconceived notions of time, about what should be done when. To be able to sense time passing as the sun rises, and to leave having had an amazing experience just as most people are beginning their day. This event was designed to give people a whole new perspective on time.

Who was involved?

Chronference was presented by Bridge8, Eddie Harran and The Holos Group. Speakers with backgrounds in science, architecture, visuals arts, psychology, business and foresight provided different perspectives on the past, present and future in order to start conversations and reconsider how we think about time and futures. Speakers included:

  • Neil Houghton, meta-time futurist
  • Eddie Harran, nomad futurist
  • Upulie Divisekera, molecular biologist
  • Kiri Bear, poet
  • Philippa Devine, yoga teacher
  • Kristin Alford, archaeological futurist
  • Phred Petersen, photographer
  • Andrew Maynard, architect
  • Gareth Priday, neurological futurist
  • James Hutson, illustrator & animator
  • Gaby McDonald, change strategist
  • Laurent Labourmène, social & cultural entrepreneur

Is there a recording?

Tweets and photos were collected through #chron02014 and summarised into a Chronference Storify.

Thanks to The Lead SA for including a story on the Chronference and our work: Time to Talk about the Future



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