Note — May 23, 2021

Protopia Futures Framework

Seen in → No.174

Source → medium.com/protopia-futures/protopia-futures-fr...

For the last couple of years, monika bielskyte has been working on Protopia, a vision of futures not between utopia and dystopia, but beyond their “two sides of the same coin” habits. Now, together with the community that has assembled around her vision, bielskyte presents a framework, “not a one-off ‘manifesto’ but rather a scaffolding that will be adjusted and expanded with every new learning and unlearning.”

According to the group, a lot of foresight is “bound by the constraints and suppositions of dominant perceptions of reality,” which they want to go beyond. They anchor their narratives in principles of plurality, community, celebration of physical presence, regenerative action, symbiotic spirituality, creativity, and evolution of cultural values.

I love this vision, although as I said in the intro, they are packing lots of stuff, almost too much, trying to hit every possible thing they feel is wrong or incomplete. However, that doesn't mean the vision or values are wrong, just that it makes for a bit of a heavy read, even has they propose many important points about creating futures, and come up with more than a few fantastic phrasings. I’m also going to dig trough other material or reach out to monika, I’d like to understand the difference between Protopia and solarpunk. I’ll keep you posted.

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