The InterPlanetary Project seeks to engage with pressing problems of today by imagining the challenges of tomorrow. Mark Twain wrote, “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” InterPlanetary seeks to restore focus at a planetary scale. 

What terrestrial challenge could provide greater focus than nourishing and uniting the peoples of the Earth to explore the extrasolar planets? And what great solutions might we find by searching beyond the confines of our earthly troubles? 

To search through outer space we shall need to rise above our inner spaces, the gravest challenges of our time — from reducing disease and economic inequality, to managing finite resources and surviving war — and to take all necessary steps towards a larger, shared goal: an understanding of life’s place in the universe. Because confronting the challenges of space requires braving and solving the complexities of life.

The InterPlanetary Project is equal parts conference, festival, and research program. The first project of its kind to combine celebration with experimentation, and conversation with analysis. InterPlanetary seeks nothing less than a whole-planet project — beyond borders, beyond politics, beyond economics — to activate the collective intelligence of our first planet: Earth.

SFI President David Krakauer discusses the InterPlanetary Project

The first event — A panel discussion July 18, 2017

During the first InterPlanetary event, science fiction authors, scientists, explorers, and artists met for a conversation at the historic Lensic theater in downtown Santa Fe. Panelists discussed issues around the core questions: What will it take to become an InterPlanetary civilization? How should we address the most pressing problems of Earth to tackle a challenge at this scale? What will success mean for future generations? What is holding humanity back and what do we all need to achieve in terms of novel governance, new technologies, shared resources, and global cooperation to achieve this goal?


Coming up: The October InterPlanetary Series
Conceptual guided tour through sci-fi soundtracks, city-wide InterPlanetary film festival, an invitation to SITE Santa Fe's Future Shock exhibit, lecture, maker event, and Lensic presentations explore the universe through film, art, creativity, and discussion.

The Santa Fe Institute invites space enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds to engage with the pressing problems of today by imagining the challenges of tomorrow in a series of city-wide events from October 13 through October 16. These city-wide events are open to all, and are part of SFI’s ongoing InterPlanetary Project — a collaboration between the Institute and a diverse set of community partners.

Click here for details about the October Series of InterPlanetary Events
2018 and Beyond - The Annual InterPlanetary Festival

In June of 2018, the first annual InterPlanetary Festival will draw space enthusiasts from around the world for a two-day celebration of human ingenuity. The festival will transform the Railyard District in downtown Santa Fe with an expo showcasing innovation and technology for space exploration. Concurrent with the expo, participants can enjoy open-air concerts, maker spaces, lectures, panel discussions, projects and games centered around InterPlanetary topics.

Additional information about the scope of the Project here.

The InterPlanetary Project is a collaboration between the Santa Fe Institute and a variety of fantastic city-wide partners, including Currents New Media, SITE Santa Fe, Jean Cocteau Cinema, Violet Crown Cinema, The Center for Contemporary Arts, The Santa Fe Children's Museum, Creative Santa Fe, The Railyard Community Corporation, Make Santa Fe, The Screen at SFUAD, The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Thornburg Investment Management, Form & Concept Gallery, Second Street Brewery, and many others.



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