Neurodiversity at MozFest 2021: A space for diverse minds
MozFest is a unique festival of diverse global movements advocating for a more humane digital world. It also promotes a full range of ways of perceiving the world through its Neurodiversity Space.
Although creativity as a concept is most commonly associated with the arts, creative thinking encompasses plenty of other areas of daily life. Science, technology or architecture, all these fields and more require imagination. AI has made huge strides in creative and technical fields, and is most likely to make even greater leaps in the future, but there is something unique about human cognition, our empathy, curiosity and imagination that AI will most likely never replicate. AI can however inspire us to think deeply, allowing us to do what we are uniquely meant to do, to promote human diversity and challenge homogeneity through neurodiversity.
Neurodiversity is a concept that includes multiple facets of the functions of the brain such as Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Synesthesia and AD(H)D. The neurodiversity movement advocates that being neurodivergent (the opposite of neurotypical) is not a deficit, but rather the result of natural variations in the human genome and is simply the way the world is experienced by many individuals.
In order to create new experiences and collaborative interactions that inspire, engage and amaze, at the Mozilla Festival creatives, innovators, advocates and thought leaders will present their work and specialisms in relation to varying types of neurodiversity within the intersection of Art, Media, Science and Technology.
Technology can be either empowering or disabling. Our neurological differences shape the way we experience the web and technology so it’s time to embrace digital neurodiversity. Digital neurodiversity acknowledges that human cognitions and perceptions, some of which are triggered, transformed or influenced by digital technology, have tremendous variations especially in the confines of today’s attention economy. If we have been motivated to pay attention to the way technology impacts our brains and relationships by the digital well-being trend, the movement of neurodiversity helps us to understand that these effects can bring benefits as well as challenges.
From sessions exploring the concept of universal language to diverse attention spans, with a flow of art-practice and social consciousness, a neuroverse will emerge.
Promoting an empathic culture of neurological differences and the need for pockets of serenity in the age of digital distraction and information overload, the Neurodiversity space aims to create a virtual safe space in which the lines between 'neurotypical' and 'neurodivergent' thinking and creativity, art practise, and scientific study can be explored.
Celebrating a thriving neurodiverse community full of detail, nuances, patterns, specialisms, sounds, pictures, deep thinking and creativity, we will challenge the manner in which we relate to the world, ourselves and one another, addressing established preconceptions and inequality.
Through a wave of cutting edge human creativity and innovation connecting the world of arts, neuroscience and education, explore how today's diverse thinkers will shape tomorrow's creative future.
Join us in the Neurodiversity Space for a virtual MozFest, starting March 8th, 2021. Secure your ticket today for all the awesome sessions packed with interactive experiences, artworks, live demos, storytelling and stimulating talks.