Design for Micro-Utopias: Making the Unthinkable Possible

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How can we design a better world? As voters and consumers we have become experts at choosing and complaining but have forgotten how to envisage what we really want. We have forgotten how to dream and without dreams humanity will become extinct.Designers have always found ways to realize dreams. At a time when we face so many dangers - both natural and self-imposed - it is vital to dream of alternative futures. This is why this book proudly explores utopianism, but a more tentative, temporary, pluralized and truncated version of the Utopia described by Sir Thomas More's famous novel of 1516 - 'micro-utopias' rather than one 'Utopia'.Referencing a wide range of philosophical thinking from Aristotle to the present day, western and eastern spiritual ideals, and scientific, biological and systems theory, John Wood argues for a metadesign approach that can bring about the realization of individual and social aspirations. "The Design of Micro-Utopias" offers remedies for our excessively individualistic, mechanistic and disconnected thinking. It reminds us that miracles are not unthinkable but that to achieve them - to build foundations for micro-utopias - requires synergistic 'design-thinking' to offer new modes of governance based on the positive rather than the negatives associated with legal deterrent and financial penalties.

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Editore: Taylor Francis Ltd, United Kingdom (2008)
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Descrizione libro Taylor Francis Ltd, United Kingdom, 2008. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. 246 x 168 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Everyone is already painfully aware of our predicament - ecological extinctions, dwindling fossil fuel reserves and economic chaos. The solutions are less obvious, despite the many opportunities that surround us. We have never had more access to resources, knowledge and technology but this is not the problem. What we lack most is creative thinking, fuelled by collective optimism. In a pragmatic world run by careerist experts this is hardly surprising. As voters and consumers we are trained to choose and complain, but not how to envisage what we really, really want. How can we design a better world unless we revive the art of dreaming? For without dreams we are lost. Perhaps it should be the duty of all citizens to imagine alternative futures; in effect, to think more like designers. After all, designers have always been dreamers, and have often found ways to realize their dreams. Design for Micro-Utopias does not advocate a single, monolithic Utopia. Rather, it invites readers to embrace a more pluralized and mercurial version of Thomas More s famous 1516 novel of the same name. It therefore encourages the proliferation of many micro-utopias rather than one Utopia . This requires a less negative, critical and rational approach. Referencing a wide range of philosophical thinking from Aristotle to the present day, western and eastern spiritual ideals, and scientific, biological and systems theory, John Wood offers remedies for our excessively individualistic, mechanistic and disconnected thinking, and asks whether a metadesign approach might bring about a new mode of governance. This is a daring idea. Ultimately, he reminds us that if we believe that we will never be able to design miracles we make it more likely that this is so. The first step is to turn the impossible into the thinkable . Codice libro della libreria AA69780754646082

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Descrizione libro Taylor Francis Ltd, United Kingdom, 2008. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. 246 x 168 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Everyone is already painfully aware of our predicament - ecological extinctions, dwindling fossil fuel reserves and economic chaos. The solutions are less obvious, despite the many opportunities that surround us. We have never had more access to resources, knowledge and technology but this is not the problem. What we lack most is creative thinking, fuelled by collective optimism. In a pragmatic world run by careerist experts this is hardly surprising. As voters and consumers we are trained to choose and complain, but not how to envisage what we really, really want. How can we design a better world unless we revive the art of dreaming? For without dreams we are lost. Perhaps it should be the duty of all citizens to imagine alternative futures; in effect, to think more like designers. After all, designers have always been dreamers, and have often found ways to realize their dreams. Design for Micro-Utopias does not advocate a single, monolithic Utopia. Rather, it invites readers to embrace a more pluralized and mercurial version of Thomas More s famous 1516 novel of the same name. It therefore encourages the proliferation of many micro-utopias rather than one Utopia . This requires a less negative, critical and rational approach. Referencing a wide range of philosophical thinking from Aristotle to the present day, western and eastern spiritual ideals, and scientific, biological and systems theory, John Wood offers remedies for our excessively individualistic, mechanistic and disconnected thinking, and asks whether a metadesign approach might bring about a new mode of governance. This is a daring idea. Ultimately, he reminds us that if we believe that we will never be able to design miracles we make it more likely that this is so. The first step is to turn the impossible into the thinkable . Codice libro della libreria AA69780754646082

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