Afrofuturism and Blockchain Summit

Thursday, Sep 6
09:00 — 15:45
Access with wristband

Afrofuturism and Blockchain Summit


Summits are one-day gatherings where a diverse group of people come together to discuss the bigger picture, share insights, and challenge best practices. They are invitation-only and have limited seats, so you need to apply to join a summit.

Finding the Sweet Spot: The Intersection of Afrofuturism and Blockchain Technology

Blockchain technology has provided the tools to decolonize the global economic system. In considering the possibilities of blockchain technology, what is the process for ensuring that the harm and violence generated by the current fiat-based capitalist economy do not infect and replicate in the new economies created by blockchain? As a cultural movement whose purpose is to empower destinies of Black bodies, Afrofuturism provides an excellent framework from which to properly architect fair and just systems.

Core questions

  • How can the principles of Afrofuturism help guide innovation in blockchain technology and cryptocurrency?
  • What does it mean to create alternate economies in communities of color?
  • How can the trauma of continuous marginalization by financial institutions inform the creation of community currencies?

About the host

Ingrid LaFleur is an artist, activist, and Afrofuturist. Her mission is to ensure equal distribution of the future, exploring the frontiers of social justice through new technologies, economies, and modes of government.

As a recent Detroit Mayoral candidate and founder and director of AFROTOPIA, LaFleur implements Afrofuturist strategies to empower Black bodies and oppressed communities through frameworks such as blockchain, cryptocurrency, and universal basic income. Ingrid LaFleur is currently the co-founder and Chief Community Officer of EOS Detroit.

As a thought leader, social justice technologist, public speaker, teacher and cultural advisor she has led conversations and workshops at Centre Pompidou (Paris), TEDxBrooklyn, TEDxDetroit, Ideas City, New Museum (New York), AfroTech Conference, Harvard University and Oxford University, among others. She serves as board chair of Powerhouse Productions, a founding member of the Detroit Culture Council, board member of the Cooley Reuse Project and ONE Mile, and advisory board member of Culture Lab Detroit.

LaFleur is based in Detroit, Michigan.

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