Objectives and Methodology

The Crisis Cabinet of Political Fictions brings possible futures to the present by means of fictional scenarios. Paradoxically, real discussion sometimes comes about not by holding a debate but by inhabiting a fiction. That is, by exploring the controversies, the polemics, the dissidences, the intrigues, the doubts, the unexplainable things, the questions, the fears, etc., in a specific narrative framework that question the interlocutors and distances them from their positions and certainties.

Objectives:

  • Redefine the present from a disruptive scenario.
  • Deploy discussion spaces that activate critical contexts.
  • Speculate about what is possible in specific frameworks.
  • Try out epistemic formats beyond academia.
  • Challenging preconceptions and common sense.
  • Re-situate expert knowledge and compose it with other knowledge.
  • Identify vocabularies and grammars taken for granted and put them to the test.
  • Ask questions and be questioned.
  • Go beyond the logic of the solution: the CCPF is not about solving problems, but about unfolding them.

Methodology:

  1. Redefine the present from a disruptive scenario.
  2. Deploy discussion spaces that activate critical contexts.
  3. Speculate about what is possible in specific frameworks.
  4. Try out epistemic formats beyond academia.
  5. Challenging preconceptions and common sense.
  6. Re-situate expert knowledge and compose it with other knowledge.
  7. Identify vocabularies and grammars taken for granted and put them to the test.
  8. Ask questions and be questioned.
  9. Go beyond the logic of the solution: the CCPF is not about solving problems, but about unfolding them.

* Comments:

  • The more radical the scenario, the more challenging the discussion.
  • It is important to insist on the fact that, once they enter the fiction, no one leaves it. When someone leaves the fictional space, the level of debate tends to go down.
  • The introductory presentation by the expert(s) should not take more than 10 minutes. The aim is not for them to give a speech, but to introduce their perspective on the problem and place the discussion within a specific initial approach. In the fiction, he or she is gotten out of bed at three in the morning and is rushed to the Cabinet to give his or her opinion about the problem.
  • It is recommended that no more than two experts be present per session so that they do not monopolize the floor.
  • After their intervention, the experts join the debate as any other member of the reflection table.
  • It is recommended for there to be a moderator who to time each turn and keep things flowing.
  • Time must be limited so that the arguments are kept concise and direct. Within the fiction, the Crisis Cabinet lasts 48 hours. The event can be split into different days, although it is recommended that, within the fiction, the cabinet takes place within the same 48 hours, to force crossing arguments.
  • The sessions are open and free of charge.
  • As an event with a certain performativity, the result of each cabinet will be different. It is impossible to predict an outcome or guarantee its success every time.
  • If the session is recorded, it is important that the camera not be intrusive. Otherwise, it could hinder spontaneity in the debate and speeches. A sound recording is advisable for writing up the minutes later.
  • A fiction can have several sessions with several experts. But, as far as possible, it is best not to repeat a fiction. The fun is in imagining new fictions every time.
  • And, most importantly: the Crisis Cabinet of Political Fictions is completely useless. Any attempt to find a specific functionality or a particular output will cancel out its power.