Afrorithm and Black Futures - Lonny Brooks

Lonny Brooks

Futures Gaming - Inclusive Design Thinking and Storytelling - Lonny Brooks

“AFROFUTURISM AND AFRICANFUTURISM, BLACK QUANTUM FUTURES AND OTHER INDIGENOUS FUTURE VISIONS WIDEN THE PLURALITY FOR DEMOCRATIZING THE FUTURE THAT HAS FOR TOO LONG HELD A NARROW FUTURE THAT HAS DENIED BLACK PEOPLE REAL AND ACCESSIBLE WIDESPREAD WEALTH, HEALTH AND EDUCATION.” - DR. LONNY J. AVI BROOKS

Please join us in our journey into the future of Black America in 2050 through our game AfroRithms From The Future with Dr. Lonny J. Avi Brooks and Ahmed Best, writers, researchers, educators, performers, producers, and co-creators of the Afrofuturist Podcast, a show that examines, speculates, and imagines the Black future from a global point of view, and aims to diversify and democratize the building of the future.

Developed by Lonny J. Avi Brooks, Ahmed Best, and game designer Eli Kosminsky, AfroRithms from the Future challenges players to set up world scenarios informed by a set of tensions in the meta-sense, which are then populated by artifacts from the future, referencing objects and inspiration in our present. The goal is to challenge players to imagine new worlds and build responsive solutions for a future that not only includes but amplifies the voices of those often overlooked.

Dr. Lonny Brooks is a scholar representing the east bay. A Professor at California State University, East Bay in Strategic Communication & Foresight, Lonny received his Ph.D. in Communication at UC San Diego and an MA in Library and Information Science at UCLA. He is a co-founder of the Afrorithm Futures Group and the former Chair of the Communication And The Future (CATF) division of the National Communication Association. Well renowned for his scholarship surrounding just about every
shade of Afrofuturism, Lonny has served as visiting professor for the Stanford D. School, and has authored and co-authored a vast array of futurist studies and explorations in international publica
tions like the Journal of International Communication, University of Southern California, Annenberg Press and the Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astro-Blackness anthology.