Disruptive Futures Dialogue Series

Leveraging the arts and collaboration to create positive disruption.

In a moment when Santa Fe and cities across the world are asking major questions about their social and economic futures, Creative Santa Fe is embarking on a new dialogue series to foster disruptive thinking.  From these dialogues, we aim to generate visionary and collaborative new approaches to respond to the most pressing issues facing our city’s communities.

The Disruptive Futures Dialogue Series is a multi-year community engagement, in partnership with organizations across our city.  It is our goal that this series will leverage and accentuate Santa Fe’s unique assets and capacities to find new pathways forward for progress. 

Harnessing the power of creativity and collaboration, this series will convene Santa Feans from all walks of life and in a wide variety of fields to examine critical issues brought forth by our partners. Each dialogue will support thinking and tackling subjects in bold new ways.

Past 2018 Disruptive Futures Dialogues:

(Click the orange links for details on each event)

Housing the Future
‘Housing the Future’ provided a platform to examine Santa Fe’s housing crisis and to reimagine what is possible-and necessary-for the sustainability of our city through the lens of science-fiction.

Nuclear Weapons in New Mexico
The sold out event at the Lensic Theater explored the power of opera, song, dance, and poetry to address, and personalize, one of the most intractable issues of our time.

Under-Told Stories Project
Drawing on his extensive global reporting, Fred De Sam Lazaro discussed the power of narrative to shape the success of social enterprises — locally and globally.

Native Arts and Policy: Resilience and Rights
This dialogue highlighted the critical role that artists and cultural institutions play in implementing international human rights standards into U.S. law and policy.

The Rebirth of Local News
This dialogue explored issues of truth, trust, integrity and ethics in the news; and how local journalists can leverage the arts and engage broader audiences to build trust and effect positive change in their communities. 

Upcoming 2018 Disruptive Futures Dialogues

Winter 2018/2019 – Disrupting the Cycle of Poverty

2019 Topics in Development:

The Future of Art: Exploring how art will move into a future where experience and play are more and more desired among audiences. Potential partners include: the Santa Fe Arts Commission, Meow Wolf, National Dance Institute, and the Institute of American Indian Arts. 
Housing the Future, Pt. II: How can art help us to imagine solutions for the future of affordable housing? A continuation of the 2018 event in partnership with the Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico Interfaith Housing, the Santa Fe Community Foundation, and others. 
Sustainable Technology: Investigating Santa Fe’s potential to harness all of it’s assets to imagine sustainable solutions for the future of New Mexico, in partnership with the Houston Advanced Research Center and Beth Beloff and Associates. 

The Creative Voices Roundtables are ongoing conversations with diverse creative leaders to explore how we can embed the arts in each of our Disruptive Futures Dialogues. Through these creative discourses, we aim to include inspiring creative voices in addressing topics ranging from education, poverty, affordable housing, cybersecurity, the way we communicate, and more, in an effort to reimagine how we can develop solutions to these community issues.

January – Creative Voices Roundtable
July – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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Creative Santa Fe uses a combination of crowd-sourcing, community discussions, and research to find the most important topics and innovative partners for our Disruptive Futures Dialogues. If you have a great idea or contact to contribute, we would love to hear from you!

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