Future Scenarios – concluding cafe conversation with Stephen Peake

Future Scenarios – concluding cafe conversation with Stephen Peake

Hot Numbers Cafe, Gwydir Rd, Cambridge

Wednesday 5 July, Doors open at 7 pm   7.15 start – 9 pm


Zoe Svendsen was in conversation with Stephen Peake, – senior lecturer in environmental technologies at the Open University.


As the end of Zoe’s official residency approached, she marked the end with a unique twist. As well as asking Stephen Peake:


What is the best possible economic structure for responding to climate change?

and what would it be like to live in this future system?


Zoe will presented a sketch of a future scenario derived from all the previous café conversations and asked Stephen Peake to act as ‘respondent’ to the scenario and imagine what it might be to live in that world with both intended and unintended consequences.


Zoe has previously held café conversations with: Carolyn Steel, Chris Hope, Doina Petrescu, Joe Smith, Paul Mason , Frances Coppola and Ha-Joon Chang. Further details can be found here.


In addition, Cambridge Carbon Footprint will held a stand exhibiting a thermal imaging camera which reveals drafts and gaps in insulation together with information on Open eco homes – opening doors to low energy homes in Cambridge.




14 JUNE 2017

Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
E1 6AB
T 020 7650 2350

7.30pm. £5.

An evening of imagining possible futures in light of climate change predictions.

A climate scenario is a collective act of imagining a possible future in systems involving both humans and nature. They have played a prominent role in climate research, policy and communication. However they tend to be dominated by the natural sciences and economics.

The Paris Agreement set a target of limiting average global temperature increases to 1.5°C. What does a climate scenario look like which takes this ambitious goal into consideration?

The evening was dedicated to imaginative responses to Future Scenarios.  The audience hear from the team who   developed the Climate Change in Residence programme and the four artists who embarked on the first experimental year-long networked residency on the topic of Future Scenarios. They were: Emma Critchley, Lena Dobrowolska, Teo Ormond-Skeaping and Zoë Svendsen.

The audience was invited to consider a range of climate-changed futures and to create their own best-case or worst-case future scenario.

This event was supported by The Open University OpenSpace Research Centre, The University of Sheffield School of Architecture, The Ashden Trust, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures.


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Cafe conversations at the National Theatre

In addition to the research in public conversations event programme, Zoe held a couple of conversations for the staff of the National Theatre. The details were as follows:


11th May: 5.30pm, National Theatre

Zoë Svendsen was in conversation with Paul Mason, broadcaster, film-maker and writer (Postcapitalism: a Guide to our Future (2016)). Mason was formerly Economics Editor at Channel 4 News

26 June: 6pm National Theatre Studio

Zoë Svendsen was in conversation with Andrew Simms, analyst, campaigner and writer (including Cancel The Apocalypse, and Tescopoly). Simms is co-founder of the New Weather Institute, and was for many years Policy Director at the New Economics Foundation.

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