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Nonfiction Presents: The Future of Happiness on Mars

by DrewLUD

What do humans need to be happy? How can they flourish?

On March 11, 2021, Nonfiction hosted The Future of Happiness on Mars, a lively thought-experiment-like discussion on how future humans might find happiness and flourish in an extreme, remote environment: Mars. Moderated by Phnam Bagley (Designer, Futurist, and Space Architect), the event featured an unlikely mix of thinkers, doers, dreamers, hopeful humans and agnostics:

The Spiritual Guide // Reverend Ann Burfiend (Reverend, based in Canada)

The Planetary Colonization Agnostic // Julien Girard PhD (Astronomer, Physicist, Large Telescope Scientist, based in Maryland)

The Psychologist // Sam Jenkins MSW, LCSW (Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Theater Stage Designer, based in California)

The Future Martian // Rhys Yeung-Shumskas (7 year-old first grade student who loves space and manga, based in California)

The Architect // Michal Ziso (Space Architect and Equality Activist, based in Israel)

This event was designed for professionals looking to expand their mindset around transformation. It was intended to help them think deeply about what the future should look like, and inspire them to actively shape that future today.

This event was hosted by Nonfiction, an award-winning creative studio of designers, strategists, and engineers. From our headquarters in San Francisco, California, we work with clients around the world to turn science fiction into reality for a better future.

Find out more about us at https://www.nonfiction.design.

Full Bios:

Phnam Bagley is a French industrial designer and space architect with extensive experience designing hardware in audio, wearables, healthcare, transportation, aerospace, and more. Phnam’s work spans four continents with clients like Intel, Comcast, Facebook, Atari, Halo Neuroscience and more. She speaks internationally on the subject of “Design for a Better Future”, covering stories of groundbreaking technologies, responsibility, design thinking and education. She is a former professor at California College of the Arts and mentors at Founder Institute.

Rev. Ann Burfeind is a priest in The Christian Community serving a congregation in Vancouver and Calgary, Canada. Before ordination, she was a Waldorf teacher in Milwaukee, USA. She has worked in the Antarctic – Amundsen Scott South Pole Station, has lived in a boathouse on the Mississippi River, biked solo across the southern US, and served 2 years in the Peace Corps at a very high altitude in the Ecuadorian Andes living with subsistence farmers. She has an undergraduate in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Education. Today, Ann seeks to help what is most human in us to thrive with The Christian Community, a worldwide movement founded in 1922 in Switzerland.

Julien Girard is a French physicist and astronomer currently working at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, USA. There, he oversees several projects related to the soon-to-be-launched James Webb Space Telescope, a joint NASA-ESA-CSA space telescope that is planned to succeed the Hubble Space Telescope. Julien has a PhD in Physics and Astrophysics from the Universite Claude Bernard (Lyon I).

Sam Jenkins is a licensed Clinical Social Worker in California. He has an online individual therapy practice and also supervises several new therapists working toward licensure. Sam has a varied background, including multiple decades in the theatre as an actor, director, teacher, and designer. He has taught both theatre and therapy at the university level and thoroughly enjoys many creative pursuits.

Rhys Yeung-Shumskas is a 7 year-old first grade student living in California. He loves space, manga, and playing Minecraft.

Michal Ziso is the founder of ZISO, a studio working at the intersection of architecture, innovation, space and human equality. A visionary architect practicing for almost a decade in Israel and NYC, she has extensive experience in designing skyscrapers and large scale urban projects. A graduate of the Technion – Israeli Institute of Technology, she also served in the elite intelligence unit 8200 of the IDF. Taken together is a combination of creative skills, intelligence data analysis and technical abilities which she manifests as a Space Architect and thought leader.

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