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Brave Conversations Southampton Online

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Anchored at WebSci20 Humans, Values, Technology - Web Science in Practice

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And in today, already walks tomorrow.” - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The seeds of the post-Covid19 world are being sewn every day and bit by bit we are getting a glimpse of what “life-post-Corona” might look like.

Never before in the history of humanity have we all been faced by the same challenge and been fully aware of it though our digital communications. But this Pandemic has not left cities in ashes, or bodies strewn in battlefields as other events have … the world has gone in to hibernation whilst we all stay at home and furiously tap on our keyboards and connect via Zoom.

If ever there was a need for a Brave Conversation it is now!

As WebSci20 goes online so does our next Brave Conversations and with it comes the opportunity to address the digital world from the inside, being forced to immerse ourselves online in order to connect. What does this mean for our humanity? Our mental health? Our learning? Our medicine and work-life … the future of our cities, our transport systems and how we see ourselves as a species relating to the natural environment?

Brave Conversations was created to bring Web Science to mainstream conversations that occur in everyday life. It’s objective is to demystify the world of emerging technologies and enable an exploration of the impact that these technologies will have on everyday life - our selves, our communities, our societies and our planet. It has always sought to ask difficult questions, to challenge mindsets and to empower those who attend to think more inquisitively about their digitally mediated lives.

This time we will explore what the Covid-19 means for all of us as our ‘human centric’ perspective is challenged on many levels.

As a core part of this we will deliberately create a space where everyone can be brave, can say the things that they know need to be said, and be prepared to apply intellectual rigour to challenging ideas that might take us to uncomfortable places.

For more information please visit https://braveconversations.org/southampton-2020/

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