How to Re-imagine the World: A Pocket Guide for Practical Visionaries

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New Society Publishers, Oct 1, 2007 - Social Science - 152 pages
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Who says that all possible social and political systems have already been invented? Or that work—or marriage, or environmentalism, or anything else—must be just what they are now?

This book is a conceptual toolbox for imagining and initiating radical social change. Chapters offer specific, focused, and shareable techniques:

  • Seeking a Whole Vision: Creating a pull and not just a push toward change
  • Generative Thinking: Looking for “Seeds” and “Sparks”, Stretching and Twisting Ideas, and Going Two Steps Too Far
  • Looking for Unexpected Openings: “Weeds” and “Wild Cards,” Inside Tracks, Leverage Points, and Hidden Possibilities
  • Working at the Roots: Reconstructing the built world, cultural practices, even worldviews
  • Building Momentum: Playing to our Strengths, Reclaiming the Language, “Allying Everywhere,” Doing it Now, Going for Broke

Leap-frogging new kinds of cars and better mass transit in turn, why not a world in which “transportation” itself is unneeded? What about remaking New Orleans as a floating city, or putting only extreme surfers in the path of hurricanes? And why not dream of the stars? The question is not whether radical change is coming. It is already well underway. The only question is who will make it. Why not us?

Anthony Weston is a professor of philosophy at Elon University in North Carolina, where he teaches ethics, environmental studies, and “Millennial Imagination.” He is the author of ten other books, including Back to Earth, Jobs for Philosophers, and Creativity for Critical Thinkers.

 

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I personal think this book book is good for those who are looking for a talk about life and how to change it the way you want it to, but it wasn't my type of book. I personally think it's boring and dreadful.

Contents

Got possibilities?
1
1 Work from a vision
9
2 Work from a whole vision
15
3 Seeds
23
4 Sparks
27
5 Stretches
31
6 Twists
37
7 The problem is the solution
43
14 Rebuild from the ground up
85
15 Cultures and practices
91
16Worldviews
95
17 Play to your strengths
103
18 Reclaim the language
109
19More new words
115
20 Ally everywhere
121
21 The Tao of change
127

8 Whats the next step?
49
9 Inside tracks
57
10 Leverage points
63
11Weeds
67
12Wild cards
71
13 Hidden possibilities
77
22 Do it now
131
23 Go for broke
135
Afterword
139
Notes
143
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Anthony Weston is Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Elon University in North Carolina. The author of ten previous books on ethics and creativity, including A Rulebook for Arguments now in is third edition, he has been teaching creative thinking and radical social creativity for ten years.

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