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In 2017 Naomi Klein reminded us that “No is not enough.” To save the planet from impending catastrophe, people need a positive vision of a better world and the roads leading to it. In other words, a credible picture of a possible Utopia and a plausible account of how to get there from here. But is “Another World” REALLY possible?
To answer that question, we have decided to perform a thought experiment. Our premise: if there is even one chance in a hundred for a better world — we ought to be able at least to imagine it. So we place ourselves in the position of future historians living in the year 2117, in a peaceful, egalitarian, democratic society on a damaged, but stabilized, planet. Our project is to look backward a century to the year 2017 (on the bi-centenary of the then-unforeseen 1917 Russian Revolution) and reconstruct HOW our great-grandparents got us from THEN — today’s capitalist death-spiral — to NOW: a sustainable, egalitarian global society, free of war, oppression and exploitation.
Our ongoing Future Historians seminar has been meeting since September 2017. At present (May 2018) we are holding twice-monthly online seminars with participants across a dozen time zones – from California to Moscow — including participants in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Vermont, Paris, and Morocco.
Our process: Examine the historical evidence and collectively piece together a plausible picture of our possible better world and the roads that led to it. Our only rule: no gods, no extra-terrestials.
Our goal: Create a popular utopian fiction (working title THEN AND NOW), in the tradition of Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888) and Morris's News from Nowhere (1890). The popularity of these utopias brought to life a new socialist movement at the end of the 19th Century. We hope that THEN AND NOW will also go viral, inspire its readers with hope for the future, and become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Join us! All power to the imagination!
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