“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Recently I have been doing a lot of soul searching and serious brainstorming in order to develop the idea I brought up in my last post. This idea of "...hacking the Nigerian environment until we get one we want." is something that has been haunting me for a long time and I have made various attempts at creating the reality I want.
Stranger is part of that continuum of effort to re-shape my reality into something more appealing to my sensibilities and I am thinking that it may not be enough.
One thing that drew me headlong into fashion was the idea that so much was being expressed in clothing. Capturing and taming a zeitgeist, predicting social trends, communicating things that a generation may not have been able to express in many other ways...it is an amazing medium, not to mention one gets to look as cool or as weird or as nondescript as they could possibly want.
But, Stranger was always supposed to be more than that and I am laying some groundwork for Stranger to be part of a larger plan of action.
I am opening up my spheres of interest again and because of that, this blog is also going to become a repository for more than just articles on fashion and culture. Design fictions, urban planning, sustainable energy, futurecasting, politics and society, all these things and more are going to start showing up on here with some sort of frequency.
More and more braindumps as I try and figure out a way to crystallise the goal I have in mind.
What I believe is that the future (particularly in the developing world) can be a very exciting place for us and our offspring if we start working to increase our chances of not messing it up by changing the way we think and increasing our access to the tools at our disposal.
The longer I live in Nigeria and experience all the stupid and downright horrible things that happen in our country, the more I want to be one of the people helping to fix things.
Oh...in line with the above and efforts to transform Stranger into a hub of creative catalysis, we have started hosting discussion salons at Stranger. Unfortunately, due to space constraints and in the interest of having a somewhat sensible conversation, the salons will be invite-only for the foreseeable future. I am working on expanding them into workshops that people can sign up for though and will mention it on this blog as well once the time comes.
The first one was about Openings & Opportunities and I am thinking the second one is likely going to be about Consumption in the 21st Century, but don't hold me to that.
I am currently working on some tools that can be brought to bear to make the salons a lot more interesting and interactive for all participants and I will be posting about those here as they make their debuts along with my thoughts following each salon's discussion topic, especially since they will most likely be used in the workshops as well.