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Foresight #1 on Social Imagination

In society and as individuals we have lost our imaginative skills. We no longer imagine a utopian society, only dystopic social futures. Is there an imagination crisis? If so, why? And how can we overcome it and find new paths to social imagination? 

Sir Geoff Mulgan, Professor of Collective Intelligence, Public Policy and Social Innovation at University College London (UCL), starts with a keynote followed by a talk with Cassie Robinson, Strategic Designer now working with Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and Roope Mokka, Co-founder of Demos Helsinki, a futurist and urbanist with focus on social transformations.

The event is moderated by Johanna Koljonen, a well-known and popular Finnish-Swedish media analyst, author and experience designer with a background in radio and TV.

Further reading and inspiration

Authors, webpages and books

Geoff Mulgan

Demos Helsinki

A good model for Social Transformation: The three horizons framework
Three Horizons Framework – a quick introduction

The New Institute

Rob Hopkins, From What is to What if–Unleashing-the-Power-of-Imaginat/24033617

Ann Pendleton-Jullian & John Seely Brown, Pragmatic Imagination

James Plukett, End state–9-Ways-Society-is-Broken—and-how-we-can-fix-it/25521477

Hilary Cottam, Radical help–How-we-can-remake-the-relationships-between/23566477

Madeleine Bunting, Labour of love–The-Crisis-of-Care/25650984

Edgar Villanueva, Decolonizing wealth–Indigenous-Wisdom-to-Heal-Divides-and-Restore-Balance/25987892

Beyond Survival,

Sofia Parker

Rebecca Solnit

New Constellations

Dark Matter Labs

Open Systems Lab

Democracy Collaborative


Healing justice

Iona Lawrence

Rockwool Foundation

Resolution Trust

Graham Leicester, International Futures Forum (IFF)


The Change Makers

Rob Hopkins, From What If to What Next