This is the home of the Making Futures journal, ISSN 2042-1664, the on-line open access publication based on the biennial international Making Futures conference and exhibition series, and representing some of the latest research on contemporary craft, maker movements and design to make.
Making Futures investigates contemporary craft and maker movements as ‘change agents’ within 21st century society, particularly in relation to global sustainability agendas, social entrepreneurialism and community regeneration. Convinced of the transformative potential of small-scale making and its capacity to contribute to new progressive futures, Making Futures seeks to situate these material cultures at the centre of the critical issue facing global consumer society: how we move beyond the reductive instrumentalism of ‘homo economicus’ and mass consumption, towards a political economy capable of valuing our needs for social well being and resilient communities, that incorporates concerns for non-human natures…
Each edition of the Making Futures journal brings together submissions from an international cast of scholars, artists, makers and curators worldwide, representing a spectrum of responses to the corresponding Making Futures conference and organised through the thematic fields, panels, and workshops of that event.
This site therefore also contains the Making Futures conference archive, a collection of all past conference websites starting with the first in 2009, that constitutes a unique record of the series, it themes, partnerships and participants.
To ensure the widest possible dissemination Making Futures is published as a free open-access academic resource for all not-for-profit users interested in its themes.