In an era when ‘technical fixes’ are dismissed by many as inappropriate to solve problems, yet belief in social change is generally viewed as naive and unrealistic, the debate over how we approach the future could not be more pertinent. This session scrutinized the idea that we can engineer our way to a better future and asked whether technology can continue to improve our quality of life. Chair: Jon Bryan.
Speakers: Ian Abley, architect and director of audacity; Barry K Gills, Professor of Global Politics, Newcastle University
Filmed by participants of "Facing the Future", a workshop held on 5th November 2011 sponsored by Economic and Social Research Council and Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability. GNYV filming session faciliated by Jackie Scollen and Lodestone Studios