UNTITLED Imaginary Society

Curated by Life Itself

Next meet up 2nd December: Living Change – Grief as an overlooked force of change with Louise Armstrong. Read more below.

Untitled Imaginary Society is an online forum open to anyone to exercise our social imagination in practice and in theory. In 2021 it is curated by Life Itself from the Untitled Alliance.

Any social or political envisioning is constrained by an invisible frame: by the implicit values ​​and views on which it is created, now importantly its view of the nature of human beings. Any big vision therefore begins with a vision for the “Being” of human beings. And so we need to go back to basics if we are to rediscover our Imagination and create possibility for ourselves and our societies.

For example, much of modern economic and political thought rests on the assumption that you or I know what we want (think markets, democracy etc). However, most wisdom traditions teach us that discovering what we want is actually very hard and takes deep practice and reflection.

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Next Imaginary Society:
Living change – Grief as an overlooked force of change with Louise Armstrong

Thursday 2 December at 8-1+ am CT | 9-11 am ET | 2-4 pm GMT | 3-5 pm CET | 4-6 pm EET

This special session fits 20 participants and is full at the moment. If you wish to join the waiting list, email to khadra.aden@demoshelsinki.fi 

For those who are looking to enable a just and regenerative world, it is critical that we find ways to be closing the regenerative cycle. We are comfortable creating the new, but often skirt around the loss, closure, ‘release’ and death phase of change – even though they are an inevitable and necessary part of any change process.

It is essential we know how to work with these powerful forces as we continue to adapt to and live during a global pandemic, increasing impacts of climate change and as our regimes and ways of being crumble around us.

This session will be offering a series of metaphors and framing that help us to work with grief and loss in a tangible way. We will also spend some time witnessing and sharing with each other and experiencing the power of grief-tending practices.

The host of this session, Louise Armstrong, has experienced the transformative potential of tending to grief and is committed to supporting a shift in the culture and practices through which we frame and work with loss and grief as a part of the cycles of change.  Louise Armstrong enables and supports those committed to living change and who are running ambitious system-altering work and collaborations.  She has formerly worked for the Forum for the Future.

@louise_a louise-a.medium.com

This special session fits 20 participants and is full at the moment. If you wish to join the waiting list, email to khadra.aden@demoshelsinki.fi 

Past Imaginary Society Meetups

9/9/2021 Jeremy Lent: Meaning, history and humanity’s future

Jeremy Lent is an author and speaker whose work investigates the underlying causes of our civilization’s existential crisis, and pathways toward a life-affirming future. His award-winning book, The Patterning Instinct, explores the way humans have made meaning from the Cosmos from hunter-gatherer times to the present day. His new book, The Web of Meaning, offers an intellectually solid foundation for a worldview based on connectedness that could lead humanity to a sustainable future. In this session Jeremy took us through his thinking, and we explored what it might mean for humanity’s future in this time of crisis.

3/9/2020 VestAndPage: Changing the Gaze – Moving beyond anthropocentric imaginaries

Verena Stenke and Andrea Pagnes have been working together as a VestAndPage for over a decade, and gained international recognition for their work in performance art, performance-based film, writing, and publishing. Their work moves between the unseen and the unforeseen, the unsaid, the forgotten, and the repressed. It has involved collective performance operas, and the creation of temporary artistic communities. They reminded us that to imagine differently is to see, listen, and relate differently. At the convergence of multiple crises, how can we change our gaze to imagine a different future?

14/5/2020 Gabriella Gómez-Mont: Imagination is not a luxury 

Gabriella Gómez-Mont is a film maker, visual artist, experimental curator & urbanist who fearlessly led the Multidisciplinary “Laboratory of Ciudad” bringing imagination and creativity into the government of the enormous Mexico City. The session was hosted by Demos Helsinki. Due to technical difficulties we unfortunately do not have a recording of the wonderful talk to share.

23/4/2020 Geoff Mulgan: The Imaginary Crisis (and how to quicken social and public imagination)

Geoff Mulgan is Professor of Collective Intelligence at UCL and a Fellow at Demos Helsinki. The inspiration for the meeting was Geoff’s paper on the topic  The session was hosted by Demos Helsinki.