"To be truly radical is to make hope possible, rather than despair convincing." - Raymond Williams

Dark Optimism on Facebook

by Shaun Chamberlin on November 4th, 2010

Hell gets a little nippy

Despite my serious misgivings about Facebook and the way it is run, I have decided to bow to popular pressure and trial a Dark Optimism Facebook page.

While my Twitter feed has proved a useful tool, whether or not I retain the Facebook page will depend on its popularity and any feedback received, so let me know what you think.

Also, for newcomers to Dark Optimism, there is now a “best posts” category here on the site, for those who want to catch up with my favourite posts to date.

Dark Optimism on Twitter

by Shaun Chamberlin on April 19th, 2010

Twitter DarkOptimism

Yes, after much cajoling from friends and colleagues, I have finally set up a Dark Optimism Twitter account. Now that the glut of big TTK events is out of the way, I should soon be able to find time to post some original writing here again, but hopefully Twitter will allow me to keep things ticking over in the hectic times too!

ps A slightly excitable post about Saturday’s Big Launch Party/Great Unleashing to follow later, once the pics are sent through. In the meantime, check out our swish new TTK website – it’s all go here!

Superstruct – phase 1 completed

by Shaun Chamberlin on November 19th, 2008

Fictional Audrey protests - Superstruct

On Monday the six-week first phase of the Superstruct experiment came to its conclusion. The Superstruct game website remains open to visitors, but will no longer be updated with new plot points, missions, weekly updates etc.

During phase 1 the site received over 50,000 visitors, with almost 7,000 players registering on the site, who between them told over 1,250 stories of their lives in 2019 and created over 500 superstructures in response to the challenges they were facing. Below the cut more details of events in 2019 so far, and a video of the Superstruct awards ceremony. Read more »


by Shaun Chamberlin on September 22nd, 2008


Superstruct is a new massively-multiplayer online game in which players like you will invent the future of our world.

In 2019 the Global Extinction Awareness System (GEAS) has just reported that humanity may face extinction by the year 2042 and people around the world are mobilising to respond (GEAS report available here).

There are five intersecting ‘Superthreats’ which are the main drivers behind this projection, and I will be guiding the community focusing on ameliorating the ‘Power Struggle’ Superthreat (our post-peak oil energy troubles). Join us. Read more »

Climate Camp 2008 – Kingsnorth

by Shaun Chamberlin on July 29th, 2008

Mr. Burns on the Climate Camp

The Camp for Climate Action starts this Sunday and runs for just over a week, until Monday 11th August. I will be there giving a workshop in partnership with the Zero Carbon Britain team (on the Wednesday – full workshop list here), and I urge all of you in the UK to come along too, whether for the whole week, for the weekend, or just for a day. Read more »

Speaking of dancing…

by Shaun Chamberlin on July 12th, 2008

Dance United

In thinking about the significance of dancing, I am also reminded of Dance United, an innovative organisation who recognise the powerful force that dance can represent in unlocking the potential of individuals and communities. I met some members of their team when speaking at the recent 2gether08 event, and was deeply impressed with their work with the same kinds of marginalised individuals I used to meet in my earlier teaching work. For more information on their projects click through to their website. The above photo was taken at one of their performances in Bradford.