Last month I realised that I had less than a week to submit a ‘design manifesto’ proposal for the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial themed The Future is Not What it Used to Be. I challenged myself not to use any of my recurrent keywords (design, postcapitalism, commoning, climate, etc). I also wanted to avoid debilitating catastrophism as much as bright green fantasies. The result is a —perhaps too simplistic— ‘us and them’ polarisation, and yet I am quite satisfied with the ending; the couplings made with the making/sharing/loving triad are meant to imply emancipated labour, stewardship of the commons and the production of commons. If selected for the second round, I will be expected to develop my proposal further. Any thought so far?