what we do
Founded in 2013 by Iván Castañeda, im-possible is a transdiciplinary think tank that understands posthumanism is our developing human condition. Biotechnological developments have and will invariably necessitate new economic, social, political, and ethical systems to reorient society and culture, and because of our increasing power to manipulate and change the world, nature, and our own humanity, we will ultimately be required to evolve the definition of what it is to be (post)human. im-possible can help humanity design its way through this incredible transition.
The im-possible Institute’s international participants contribute design research and guidance on creative ways to put theory into practice, while im-possible Project(s) generate creative conduits between policy-makers, business leaders, environmentalists, academics, scientists, and artists to design solutions to contemporary challenges in various locations and contexts. The im-possible School offers deeply researched and original courses with user-designed delivery platforms. im-possible Publications produces print and online journals, books, podcasts, and videos focused on how we design our lives. Learn more about our consulting and educational services.
Most importantly, im-possible believes, in the end, all humans are designers. im-possible is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation.
who we are
where we operate
From Washington, D.C., to the Bayou of Louisiana; from the Inland Northwest, to Leticia, Colombia and the rest of the Americas. We have operatives and researches in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, Russia, Belarus, Slovakia, Morocco, Ukraine, Thailand, India, Turkey, China, and South Africa, so far.
im-possible was inspired and named after a cluster of notions by the French founder of deconstruction, Jacques Derrida. Although a many-faceted concept, im-possible stands for the theory that all things putatively impossible are precisely possible by their very im-possibility. The hyphen operates as a separation of the possible from its “not”; the “im” is not separate from the possible but its negation, which we claim is imposed upon the possible by human and social restrictions, restrictions that are always already possibly negated.