The Retrofuturist Chronicles

What is retrofuturism? The future as seen from the past? The past as seen from the future? Or perhaps just nostalgia for a time when innovation was looked on with romance and optimism. In nearly every aspect, the world today is a better than at any other time in human history. And our future? Our future is in the hands of today’s youth …The Retrofuturist Chronicles center on a 12-year-old girl named Miranda who is affable and bright but disempowered because of her age. Each episode begins with Miranda expressing concerns about something in her life.In turn, those concerns always remind Miranda’s kind-of-crazy retrofuturist spinster Aunt Natalie of some extraordinary absurdist exploit that she’s had. Aunt Natalie’s tall tales are never constrained by time, place, logic, or even laws of physics. She often invokes historic people and incidents and makes outrageous claims. But she inspires Miranda with fantastic tales of past innovations that have just enough truth in them to be intriguing and uplifting...


episode 8: Crises and All That Jazz

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Aunt Natalie prepares Miranda for a crisis by conducting a midnight fire drill.  

Despite the fact that it’s the middle of the night and Miranda is exhausted, Aunt Natalie is excited about the Internet of Things and smart watches. She begins planning the creation of a random crisis-generator app that could be installed on her niece’s phone. This way, Aunt Natalie could control it at any time from anywhere, thus ensuring that she can help keep Miranda safe and prepared.

Not surprisingly, Miranda is so not a fan of this idea. “Seriously? You know me, right? We have met. Do you honestly think I need an app on my phone that will randomly start a crisis?” In an effort to calm her down, Aunt Natalie tries to teach her about the challenges of disaster preparedness by regaling her with a story of how a group of legendary South African jazz musicians used their improvisational skills to help the different departments of a university collaborate more effectively to manage crises.

The episode concludes with SAP executives discussing how institutions of higher education cannot rely on the last disaster when preparing for the next one, as the next crisis is likely to be something unforeseen.

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 2020-12-10  18m