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A deck of  cards, world-building workshops, and artworks designed to help you imagine alternative global futures.
A deck of  cards, world-building workshops, and artworks designed to help you imagine alternative global futures.
A deck of cards, world-building workshops, and artworks designed to help you imagine alternative global futures.
255 backers pledged $8,197 to help bring this project to life.

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Investing in Futures

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What is it?

Investing in Futures is a project which helps you imagine future worlds (wild, impractical, idyllic, and utopian) and what it would be like to live in them.

The project includes a deck of playing cards that can be used in world-building workshops (by yourself or facilitated by us), and artworks that we produce using the cards.

Some of the futures inspired by the Investing in Futures deck may be possible, and others may seem insane. (This world in reality is actually pretty insane and would be hard to invent.)

We hope that through the act of imagining global futures, we can practice adapting to our own changing global circumstances, and better understand the relationship between global systems and personal experiences.

The back side of some of the cards
The back side of some of the cards

Why this project?

Peter Frase writes in Four Futures that if his book “contributes in some small way to making the oppressive futures self-preventing, and egalitarian alternatives self-fulfilling, then it will have served its purpose.” We think that's true for this project as well. While speculative, it is motivated by very real concerns: issues of labor and automation, ecological justice, balance of power, and distribution of wealth. This deck of cards is an inviting and open-ended way to brainstorm these concerns.

An Investing in Futures workshop, structured using the deck of cards
An Investing in Futures workshop, structured using the deck of cards

How you can use the deck: 

There are many ways to use the deck (in a group, as a game, a way to start debates or art projects) but here's how we've been using it in our workshops. 

Step 1: Take a card from each category

The deck is divided into several categories that could describe a society. On the flip side of each category card is a subset of world-constraints that range from the absurd to the nearly-true. For instance: the climate is erratic, your work identity is secret, everyone is a medical expert, or our leaders are cats.

Step 2: Design the rules of your future world 

Work out the bird's-eye view of your future world by organizing constraints, taking sides, making diagrams, and focusing both on wild details and grandiose big pictures. New inventions, engineering, the rule of law, and imagining what people do all day all come into play.

Step 3: Make things from your future world 

Using simple materials you can find around the house, create artifacts from your future world. These could be songs, rituals, souvenirs, representative food dishes. It's this part of the process that, in our opinion, gets people to OWN that world, to really invest in it.

The front side of some of the cards
The front side of some of the cards

 

Who are we?

More&More Unlimited is an art collective (and Illogistics Company™) made up of members Marina Zurkow, Sarah Rothberg, Surya Mattu, and Marc DaCosta. Our backgrounds range from animation to data science, infrastructure, ecosystems, anthropology, interaction design, and virtual reality, but our interests converge around global systems.

Some of our past projects include: a pop-up store of fungus/plaster/3D-printed sculptures of globally traded commodities, a line of swimsuits called Tiny Containers (which visualize global trade relationships), postcards portraying nations as their commodities, and a radio which picks up info about boats passing by in the New York Harbor.

You can read more about us at www.moreandmore.world and on our bio page!

Rewards

 

 

 

Pledge $25 - The first run of the Investing in Futures deck!
Pledge $25 - The first run of the Investing in Futures deck!

 

Pledge $40 - 5 x unique commodity nation postcards from the More&More store (+ a deck)
Pledge $40 - 5 x unique commodity nation postcards from the More&More store (+ a deck)

 

Pledge $40 - 5 x Assortment of More&More Store Commodity Clean-up Soap Objéts (+ a deck)
Pledge $40 - 5 x Assortment of More&More Store Commodity Clean-up Soap Objéts (+ a deck)

 

Pledge $50 - A signed 10”x 6” limited edition archival print by More&More (Marina Zurkow)
Pledge $50 - A signed 10”x 6” limited edition archival print by More&More (Marina Zurkow)

 

Pledge $125 - A signed 20”x 12” limited edition archival print by More&More (Marina Zurkow) (+ a deck)
Pledge $125 - A signed 20”x 12” limited edition archival print by More&More (Marina Zurkow) (+ a deck)

 

Pledge $450 - an Investing in Futures world-building workshop for you and your friends!  We provide the guidance and craft items; you imagine the worlds and make the artifacts, like the ones above (+ a deck)
Pledge $450 - an Investing in Futures world-building workshop for you and your friends! We provide the guidance and craft items; you imagine the worlds and make the artifacts, like the ones above (+ a deck)

 

Pledge $750 - an Investing in Futures world-building workshop for you and your friends, and one for a public institution. We provide the guidance and craft items; you make the artifacts, like the ones above  (+ a deck)
Pledge $750 - an Investing in Futures world-building workshop for you and your friends, and one for a public institution. We provide the guidance and craft items; you make the artifacts, like the ones above (+ a deck)

 

NEW! 24"x48" drawing based on the Investing in Futures Deck!
NEW! 24"x48" drawing based on the Investing in Futures Deck!

 

Pledge $1000 -  A 16”x20” signed archival print of a digital drawing of a future YOU imagined,  done in this style (+ a deck)
Pledge $1000 - A 16”x20” signed archival print of a digital drawing of a future YOU imagined, done in this style (+ a deck)

 

Pledge $2000 - A chance to inhabit your world! A Virtual Reality Environment of a future that YOU imagined, done in the style above (Sarah Rothberg)  (+ a deck)
Pledge $2000 - A chance to inhabit your world! A Virtual Reality Environment of a future that YOU imagined, done in the style above (Sarah Rothberg) (+ a deck)

 

Risks and challenges

Our test prints came out beautifully, and our playtests have gone over extremely well, but we're still working out a few kinks: which constraints work best? does the activity become more poignant if you also assign each participant a specific role in the society? should there be a "wedge" halfway through --- a problem that your society has to solve? To what degree should your imagined world explicitly connect to the present?

So, we plan to hold several more playtests with our friends and immediate networks in coming weeks before we ship our cards.

As educators and facilitators of prior events and workshops, we're confident in our abilities to craft a compelling, fun, and thoughtful framework.

But also: one of the reasons that we are motivated to bring our project to the kickstarter community is to get feedback from a broad range of interested people!

If you + some friends are interested in this project and our overall goals, we highly encourage you to split a "workshop" reward level --- your feedback will most CERTAINLY be integrated into our final deck, and we LOVE the idea of working with people outside our immediate networks!

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    A PDF deck

    Can't wait to try Investing in Futures? You can print your own usable deck with this PDF. We'll also happily take suggestions for world-constraints from all of our backers!

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    The Investing in Futures Deck

    One copy of the Investing in Futures Deck! Run a workshop of your own with your friends, or use it to brainstorm futures by yourself!

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    Come to a World-Building Playtest!

    Before we finalize our cards for printing, come play with us!

    This reward gets you an invitation to join an experimental version of our world-building workshop at our studio in Brooklyn on a Sunday afternoon TBD (after we coordinate with all of the backers at this level -- sometime between March and June!).

    We provide the crafts and snacks, you provide your imagination (and critique!)

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    Commodity Nation Postcards Pack

    A 5-pack of one-of-a-kind postcards, each portraying a major port city's exports. From the original More&More store!

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    • More&More Store Commodity Nation Postcards
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    A Small Limited Edition Print

    A 10”x6” signed archival print of a digital drawing of a future Times Square (from the animation Mesocosm (Times Square), 2015. Limited to 100 backers.

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    Commodity Clean-up Soap Objéts

    Clean yourself with a random assortment of 5 handmade grey soaps, made of charcoal, shea butter and essential oil, consisting of e-waste, illegal weapons, nearly-extinct sea creatures, etc.! Brought to you from the More&More Store.

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    2x Decks + PDF!

    A PDF preview deck + TWO decks. The gift of futures for a friend, foe, or family!

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    Come to a World-Building Playtest + Deck

    Before we finalize our cards for printing, come play with us.... AND get a deck!

    This reward gets you an invitation to join an experimental version of our world-building workshop at our studio in Brooklyn on a Sunday afternoon TBD (after we coordinate with all of the backers at this level -- sometime between March and June!).

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    A Large Limited Edition Print

    A 20”x12” signed archival print of a digital drawing of a future USA (from the animation Mesocosm (Wink, Texas), 2012. Selected especially for the Make 100 Kickstarter Project. Limited to 100 backers.

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    NEW Large Future World Diagram

    A BRAND NEW 24"x 48" archival drawing made by Marina and Sarah using categories from the Investing in Futures deck!

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    NEW Large Future World Diagram + Deck

    A BRAND NEW 24"x 48" archival drawing made by Marina and Sarah using categories from the Investing in Futures deck!

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    World-Building Workshop

    A 3-hour Investing in Futures workshop at our Brooklyn studio or the NYC location of your choice, for you and up to 8 friends.

    For your personal workshop, we provide the snacks and craft materials, you provide yourself and your friends. Let our expertise guide you.

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    World-Building Workshop + BONUS Workshop

    Invest in the future of kids and adults!

    In addition to a workshop for you and your friends, backing us at this level will support running an additional workshop at a public institution such as a school or museum.

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    A Print of YOUR Imagined Future

    Commission an original piece of art by More&More (Marina Zurkow and Sarah Rothberg)!

    We will create a digital drawing and archival print based on a future YOU imagined using the Investing in Futures Deck.

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    A VR of YOUR Imagined Future

    A chance to inhabit YOUR imagined future!

    We will create a single virtual reality environment, viewable on the headset of your choice (or just on your screen) based on a future YOU imagined using the Investing in Futures Deck.

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