The Brown Bag Lunch Series, part of the Imagining Post-Capitalism Festival (May 1-6, 2018) aims to engage passersby and government workers on their lunch break in impromptu conversation on a specific topic. The series of three events, will take place at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland and will encourage engagement through an open format discussion, facilitated by the Imagining Post-Capitalism organizers and guest artists, who will help mediate thoughts and ideas proposing a different future for us all.

May 02 2018 /12:00 – 1:00 pm /Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

Topic: Working With Nature to Reduce Work and Waste

How does nature shape the post-capitalist imaginary? How can we conserve time and resources to produce a better life for all? Guest artist: Asya Abdrahman. Asya develops conceptual strategies and physical structures in an effort to find future solutions to existing challenges, i.e. food, water, shelter, power.

May 03 2018 /12:00 – 1:00 pm /Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

Topic: Fragmented Attention, Stunted Cognition

How does our current techno-obsessed frenzy reinforce confusion and isolation? How can we nurture a calmer, more contemplative pace of life? How is our ability to know the world impaired by the massive speed-up we are all living through? Who remembers life before the personal computer?

May 04 2018 /12:00 – 1:00 pm/Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

Topic: The Future of Work

After capitalism, what work should humans/robots/nature do? What does democracy look like when applied to work? What do we need? What do we want? Who will do the work? What are the ecological consequences? Guest artist: Dan Nelson. Dan Nelson is an interdisciplinary artist, musician, and author who plays with words, symbols, signals, and sounds to explore how humans communicate and create meaning.


Part of the Imagining Post-Capitalism Festival

About the Festival Organizers:

Pro Arts is a non-profit art institution working in the visual arts, performance, music, social practice, public art, and education. Founded in 1973, Pro Arts is one of the few remaining institutions in Oakland that is artist-centered and that continues to function as a platform for experimentation, supporting the freedom to create challenging, non-commercial work in critical art context.

Shaping San Francisco is a participatory community history project documenting and archiving overlooked stories and memories of San Francisco. We are committed to defining a new kind of public space, specifically around a shared interest in our interrelated social histories.

OUR MEDIA PARTNERS: (A fiscally sponsored project of Tides Center) is a nonprofit media outlet and action network that empowers people to share for a more resilient, equitable, and joyful world. We inspire social change by publishing stories, analysis, and tools in collaboration with our global partners.

Upstream Podcast

Upstream is a radio documentary and interview series that invites you to unlearn everything you thought you knew about economics. Blurring the line between economics and storytelling, Upstream inspires listeners to imagine what a more just, sustainable, and beautiful economy might look like.