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Prefigurative intervention | Beautiful Trouble
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller

Common Uses

To give a glimpse of the Utopia we’re working for; to show how the world could be; to make such a world feel not just possible, but irresistible.

Many of us spend so much time trying to stop bad things from happening that we rarely take the time to sketch out how things could be better, let alone actually go out and create a little slice of the future we want to live in. Prefigurative interventions seek to address that imbalance.

The lunch counter sit-ins of the U.S. civil rights movement are frequently referenced as defiant, courageous and ultimately successful acts of resistance against America’s Jim Crow-era apartheid. They were certainly that, but they were also profoundly prefigurative. The students’ actions — mixed-race groups of people violating the law by sitting at lunch counters and demanding to be served — foreshadowed victory and prefigured the world they wanted to live in: they were enacting the integration they wanted.
RepairTheWorld  library-of-utopia 
april 2017 by copystar
A Non-Euclidean View of California as a Cold Place to Be | The Anarchist Library
Le Guin in 1982, an evocation of a possible future then, in many ways our present now.
march 2017 by copystar
The New Utopians | New Republic
Kim Stanley Robinson and the novelists who want to build a better future through science fiction.
library-of-utopia  books  RepairTheWorld 
may 2016 by copystar

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