#45Playful Prototyping with Care

Wed, April 5, 2pm

Join The Care Collective to explore their collaboratively written The Care Manifesto (Verso 2020) and prototype simple social games inspired by the project’s vision.

Rejecting the extensive carelessness so evident today, The Care Collective outlines a model of ‘universal care’, which calls for inventive forms of collective care at every scale of life — from our most intimate connections to our relationship with the planet itself. They propose expanding kinships through ‘promiscuous care’ and building communities strengthened by co-operative and public ownership. They also show how genuine care involves reinvigorating welfare states, creating alternatives to capitalist markets and caring across borders. Their vision calls for a truly caring world and one in which we put care at the very heart of our lives and our politics.

After learning about The Care Manifesto, participants will split into groups with members of the collective and collaboratively prototype lightweight social games based on the different ideas and approaches employed in the book. At the end of the session, groups playtest and discuss each other’s ideas.

Wednesday, April 5, 2-6pm

This is a free event. Please be in Lancaster Room at the beginning of the session to take part.
Recommended for ages 16 and over. No experience making games or playful art is expected.


The Care Collective Members

Andreas Chatzidakis is Professor of Marketing and Consumer Culture at the School of Business and Management, Royal Holloway University of London. His books include Contemporary Issues in Marketing and Consumer Behaviour (2023; with P Maclaran, L Parsons and R Ashman), Gendering Marketing (2022; with P Maclaran) and Ethics and Morality in Consumption (2016; with M Carrington and D Shaw).

Jamie Hakim is a lecturer in culture, media and creative industries at King’s College, London. His book Work That Body: Male Bodies in Digital Culture was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2019. His new co-authored book, tentatively titled Digital Intimacies: Queer Men, Smartphones and Cultures of Intimacy will come out in 2024 with Bloomsbury Academic.

Jo Littler is Professor of Social Analysis and Cultural Politics at City, University of London, UK. Her books include Left Feminisms (2023) Against Meritocracy (2018) Radical Consumption? (2008) and with Roshi Naidoo The Politics of Heritage: The Legacies of ‘Race’’ (2005).

Catherine Rottenberg is Professor in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham. Her books include This Is Not a Feminism Textbook! (2023), The Rise of Neoliberal Feminism (2018), Black Harlem and the Jewish Lower East Side: Narratives Out of Time (2014), and Performing Americanness: Race, Class and Gender in Modern African-American and Jewish-American Literature (2008).

Lynne Segal is Professor Emerita in Psychosocial Studies, at Birkbeck, University of London. Her many books include the co-authored Beyond the Fragments (1980), What Is To Be Done About the Family? (1983), Straight Sex (1994), Why Feminism? Gender, Psychology, Politics (1999), Slow Motion: Changing Masculinities, Changing Men (2007), Making Trouble (2007), Out of Time: The Pleasures & Perils of Ageing (2013), and Radical Happiness: Moments of Collective Joy (2017. She is currently completing Lean on Me: Cultivating Radical Care, addressing the contemporary crisis of care at every level.