Imagine you’ve just arrived in 2050, a visitor from the not-too-distant past. You take a stroll (or maybe hop on a solar-powered hoverboard) around Greater Manchester from Bolton to Bury, Tameside to Trafford. Taking a look around, you’re pleased to discover the kind of inclusive, forward-thinking, well-designed place people talked about and hoped for in 2019… What does that look like?
This is the challenge we set a bunch of local artists, makers and technologists during Alternate Futures (our part of Distractions 2019). Based at The Shed for two days in July, this brilliant group of creative thinkers set to work honing in on a particular challenge for our city regions and communities, and then began to imagine a brighter future. At the end of the two days, the groups presented their prototypes at the Alternate Futures Symposium, alongside speakers and audience members working in tech, local policy and the creative industries.