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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, NOW and HOW), 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, NOW and HOW 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!