Stranger Things? Exploring AI Wellness at Mozilla Festival

Mozilla Festival took place in a virtual capacity in March 2021. MozFest is “…a unique hybrid: part art, tech and society convening, part maker festival, and the premiere gathering for activists in diverse global movements fighting for a more humane digital world” (MozFest, n.d.). The notion of of the possibility to “arrive with an idea, leave with a community” is very compelling (MozFest, n.d.). The festival is structured into different spaces and themes including neurodiversity, decentralisation and shifting power in tech.

Spaces & Themes at MozFest 2021

Mozilla offered a range of support sessions on Zoom and Slack to support Facilitators with their sessions in addition to Wranglers to support us through the MozFest journey. Facilitating a live 60 minute discussion session called The Post Digital Audio Quilt: A Pop Up, Speculative & Inclusive Audio Fiction Experiment exploring AI Wellness at MozFest was both an exciting and unique opportunity. The project was inpsired by FemEdTech Quilt. The Post Digital Audio Quilt involved collaborative storytelling using a range of prompts, frames and provocations for example Rory’s Story Cubes and a live session with an AI tool called Philospher AI that uses GPT – 3 hosted by Open AI created by Murat Ayfer (@Mayfer) on Zoom. We also explored the Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace by John Barlow from 1996. How is this relevant today and in the future? In order to prepare for the session, I shared my journey at the #CreativeHE meetup in February 2021 and wrote a blog post about this experience here.

The Post Digital Audio Quilt

I am very grateful to the Wrangler for the session, Ahnjili, and to the participants whose contributions were thoughtful. It is It was also possible to reflect on the session and contirbute to the MozFest Studio for Tuesday 9th March here with another Facilitator, which involved answering questions in a live broadcast from Amsterdam using Zoom. The host asked the Facilitators about the extent to which AI can be creative. How can we define creativity?

MozFest used Spatial Chat which was an exciting new platform. Miro Board, the online whiteboard, was also used.

Spatial Chat

Both tools were useful. Positive feedback from a participant was reecived:

(@HebrewSimeon, 2021)

MozFest 21 was an exciting, cutting edge and interdisciplinary event to be part of.

The quotation from Bob Alotta below consolidated this:

“Whether playfully or audaciously – it is only by imagining what does not yet exist: new pathways, new solutions, new possibilities – that we can break our silos and strengthen our commitment to operate interdependently. The joy of playfulness and invention that is at the core of MozFest is critical to fueling our movements”

(J. Bob Alotta – VP, Global Programs – Mozilla In Mozilla Festival, n.d.).

Follow MozFest on Twitter here and follow the hashtag #Mozfest.

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