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austin | sxsw 2019 workshop

Family in the Anthropocene: Kids + Climate Crisis


Let's investigate a difficult issue that can be emotional, personal and also societal: what does it mean to have children in the midst of a potentially catastrophic climate crisis? While the majority of people do not yet consider climate change in family planning, a growing chorus of voices says that we ought to. It is now well documented that having fewer or no children is the most effective way to reduce one's carbon emissions. Some people decide against it because they feel it is unethical to exacerbate our environmental challenges in an age of overpopulation, while others fear a rapidly changing world might harm their child’s ability to have a healthy, successful life. And some people counter by saying that humanity has always risen to solve great challenges. Many different cultural, class and religious divides shape our views on this complex topic. Together we explored the tensions and debates around these issues, and began to channel our individual views and feelings into positive, collective work in the world.

March 9, 2019
The Westin Hotel in Austin, TX

Morgan Catalina
Hot Takes

Britt Wray
Broadcaster & Author


Amsterdam | The Hoxton

Empowerment: The Other Side of Sex Work

Sex work is challenging - from institutional discrimination to harmful portrayals in the media, there are many fronts where we seek progress. However, focusing on the (very real) struggles only illuminates half the story. It is time to recognize the voices of professionals who discovered how meaningful sex work can be not only for clients, but also for themselves. Offering emotional, physical and sexual support can be intensely rewarding, and the depth of human experience means there is always more to learn and explore. Let’s hear first-hand from the people empowered by doing a job they love, and find out how to create supportive community of allies to normalize and celebrate this timeless and important profession.

February 19, 2019
19:00 - 21:00

The Hoxton
Herengracht 255, Amsterdam

Rosie Heart
Sex Worker + Sex Educator, PROUD

Morgan Catalina
Hot Takes


amsterdam | Friends of Hot Takes

Check out this special event Intimate Encounters, which offers an evening for curious minds to research intimacy, sensuality and sexuality with thyself and others. Hosted by Ten Club Amsterdam. Contact us for the ticket link if you’d like to attend.

February 10, 2019

Ten Club
Nes 116


amsterdam | Friends of Hot Takes

Hot Takes joined The Akin for a discussion on the future of romance and seduction. After going through some fascinating data and case studies, we held a debate on the possible futures we face.

Feburary 6, 2019
19:00 - 21:00

The Hoxton
Herengracht 255, Amsterdam


amsterdam | the hoxton

Radical Openness and the Future of Love

What does the future hold? While it’s helpful to speculate, the truth is, we know very little. Digital technologies are reshaping our societies – and our relationships. As more people connect via different mediums, the possibilities seem endless. But how can we find balance between helpful, ethical and hurtful? When it comes to radical openness, is there such a thing as too much honesty? As alternative relationship styles become normalised, continual self awareness and clear communication is needed. At this event, we explored contemporary relationships, how to communicate effectively with your partners and community, and bring more openness and intention to your love life.

November 30, 2018
18:30 - 21:00

The Hoxton
Herengracht 255, Amsterdam

Morgan Catalina
Hot Takes

Isabeau Jensen
National Youth Council, Dutch Polyamory Foundation

Roos Reijbroek
De Vrije Ruimte



Sex, Love and Swiping: Tech & The Future of Love

As technology and innovation propel us forward, what are the possibilities for our romantic relationships? From online dating to webcams and sexting, in what ways are new technologies evolving how we connect? Will the traditional convention of marriage and lifelong monogamy survive given the seemingly infinite options served up to us on our devices?


Carolyn Harrold
Co-Founder, Hot Takes

Emily Witt
Author, Future Sex

Eric Klinenberg
Author, Modern Romance
& Going Solo


AUSTIN | SXSW Workshop



Morgan Catalina
Co-Founder, Hot Takes

Christopher Ryan
Author, Sex at Dawn

Zhana Vrangalova
Sex Educator +
Professor New York University

Choose Your Adventure: A Path to Polyamory & Beyond

Not sure monogamy is right for you? You’re not alone. A recent study showed 1 in 5 Americans have had a consensual non-monogamous relationship, while over 30% are interested. As technology reshapes our lives, so will our relationships. It’s time to reassess how we relate, choose an approach with intention, and develop a language that works for us. Whether you’re single or want to open a current relationship, we offered ideas for ethical non-monogamous living and learn how to communicate better for the relationships you want — both in and beyond the bedroom.



Sexy Talk, Tasty Bites

An intimate evening of stiff drinks and and fun toys, in partnership with LELO.