While we tend to perceive the crises and trends of our times as parallel developments, they cannot be meaningfully understood separately. This does not mean that everything is connected. It means that future is not a meaningful place if we approach them as individual crisis to be dealt with so we can return back to normal. This is why we suggest that we see them as one.
…a proactive imagination of a better tomorrow.Seeing them collectively changes our approach from constantly predicting the near future and from solving problems as they come, to that of a proactive imagination of a better tomorrow. A longer term view, if you may.
Notions such as a
‘a nation’, ‘a worker’, ‘science’ and ‘money’ are used as if they had always existed in our lexicon. In reality, they were just concepts which were made a reality due to previous historical transformations. It is but obvious that our current transformations should throw up new concepts and realities that stem from them.
But, we are often prisoners of what we aim to leave behind. The challenge is to be able to reimagine without falling into the conceptual traps of the past. We are often prisoners of what we aim to leave behind.
For instance, the idea that an individual’s materialism is good for collective wellbeing has lately been magnificently disproven. Although some politicians and corporations may parrot the simplistic idea that doubling GDP will double contentment, it is neither true or ecologically viable.
One can argue that this deep interconnection between the crisis and our most deeply held beliefs can also be a good thing. They present us with not an opportunity to not just fix problems as they come, but a responsibility to flip the system. Consciously that can only happen through imagination.
All these changes are happening at once
Since we have focused so much in fixing problems in the existing system we have done a poor job of imagining a new one. Consequently, we are not sure how to title the story of our future. This is why, we believe, the future is Untitled.
We, however, can attempt to get a sense of which direction to head by refusing to go back to the current normal. In the foreseeable future, we attempt to imagine the unimaginable and experiment with what we imagine – the Untitled