When it comes to marketing, contemporary consumers are aware of something that is unfortunately more common than we would like: fanciful and empty speeches that are not reflected in practice. In order to avoid this kind of embarrassment, it is important to understand expectations when an institution approaches certain issues. Every caution is recommended here; approach and appropriation are separated by a thin line. What basic, careful steps should be taken in this endeavor?
The main issue facing Afro-descendants today is representation. In this sense, afrofuturism offers a means of thinking about a possible future with more justice for the Black population. It is a way of imagining and building possible futures from a culturally Black perspective; a connection between the imagination, technology, the future, and liberation.
Is it possible to live in a society without inequality? Or is it natural, is it necessary that a small number of people control and maintain certain privileges? These are issues that we have faced since Ancient Greece, and that are now entering a new chapter with a powerful new character called digital technology. How could technology, which connects the whole world, have created a distance between us, a feeling of mistrust?
We are living in a transition between the end of the current economic model and the awakening of new economies. Access, community, purpose, reputation, transparency, trust: these are the foundations for building a new way of performing financial transactions — whether financial or otherwise — based on exponentially evolving technologies. This is blockchain.
The first of the digital natives are now of working age. These young people seek a balance between personal and professional life — but there is a limiting factor holding them back: the working day has not changed since the beginning of the twentieth century. We have reached the limits of the working model that has been developing since the digital revolution.
We have entered the age of digital democracy and it is a path with no return: governments need to make digital technology the starting point for every action they take. New technologies and the innovators behind them reframe processes, showing how democracy is maturing and reaching new people in a deep and complex way.
The contemporary search for spirituality is observed in daily practices that promote self-knowledge above all. Yoga, meditation, veganism, integrative medicine: they are far from dogma and closer to the “true self” and a greater purpose. This emerging behavior is a way of subverting the order of these “liquid times”. The new purposes bypass the logic of capitalism and suggest a more inclusive lifestyle, less focused on the accumulation of capital.
The abuses suffered by porn actors and an increasingly conscious audience drive the post-porn movement, which mixes art and politics. Sexually explicit videos and performances are aimed not at masturbation, but at criticizing the restrictions on sexuality and the pornographic industry.
The growth of conservatism has frightened many who once believed that the world had advanced in terms of human and civil rights. But the Tombamento Generation is taking the spotlight: a new wave of singers whose work is united by the representative force of society’s key issues — race, gender, and sexuality. This group of artists and their audience together strive to break down the standards of common sense.
Self-sufficient and sustainable communities in harmony with the environment are growing in popularity. In addition to their ecological focus, these communities also integrate economic, social, and cultural aspects through participatory management and permaculture. Ecovillages offer a post-modern way of life where we all work, have a voice, and collaborate.