Adah Parris

What Type of Ancestor do you want to be?

Speaker of TEDxAmsterdam 2021

An enthusiastic curator of people, patterns and stories, her current interest lies in the anatomy of transformation and innovation. Her work sits at intersection of ancient wisdom, living systems and indigenous community practices, digital and emerging technologies.
She Is co-Founder of Ism.Earth and Artist in Residence at SBCAST (Santa Barbara Centre for Art Science and Technology). She was recently an Artist in Residence at The Design Science Studio (with the Buckminster Fuller Institute) and the Living Collaboratory a partnership between the Design Science Studio and the Emergent Media Lab at The University of California Irvine.
In 2020, Adah was long-listed as one of the Most Influential Women in UK Technology. In 2019, she was recognised as one of TED Talks Global Emerging Innovators. In 2018, she was recognised as one of the UK’s Top 100 Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Leaders in Technology.
Some of her clients and partnerships have included Cool Hunting, Deloitte, Google, Unilever, Ogilvy Labs, The British Council, The EU Council, The Tate Modern, the British Film Institute (BFI), The Union Chapel, Innovate Finance, Wayra UK to name a few.

About Adah Parris

Co-founder of Ism.Earth, Now-ist, Artist, Activist
To date, most of the development of and investment into scaled technology, especially digital technology, has been for and by the WEIRD (western educated industrialized, rich and democratic). Cyborg Shamanism is a way to empathetically subvert that status quo. Cyborg Shamanism is a philosophy designed to spark a global movement that examines what could happen to innovation if we combine ‘other ways of knowing’ in the design of new technologies. Cyborg Shamanism, words that reach into our deep past and deep future.

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