Stories for Tomorrow, Lived Today, Everywhere
The world is in need of ideas for a better, more sustainable future, but ideas are not enough. FUTUREPERFECT, an international and multilingual internet platform, tells the stories of individuals, initiatives, organizations, and businesses that have moved from ideas to action. In implementing new practices and reinvigorating old ones, these cooperatives, companies or communities are actively working towards a better future in the present. Their focus is not on economic growth but on sustainable prosperity. They move beyond searching for the best technology, instead asking for better ways of life.
FUTUREPERFECT shows that the transformation of modern society toward sustainability is not principally the domain of scientific and political “experts”. Just as well, it is the business of ordinary people who use their scope of action to experiment with what is possible in the here and now. To facilitate an exchange of ideas and to inform and inspire a broad diversity of experiments with a sustainable future, FUTUREPERFECT features stories from around the world. They are published as Creative Commons articles to encourage broad distribution and sharing.
FUTUREPERFECT is a joint venture of the German foundation FUTURZWEI and the Goethe-Institut. Launched in early 2012, FUTURZWEI presents hundreds of pioneers of new and different economic, social, and cultural practices. Through these articles, as well as books, films, podcasts, and media cooperations, FUTURZWEI has infiltrated public communication with issues of transition, degrowth, sustainable lifestyles and politics, beyond preaching only to the already converted. FUTUREPERFECT is taking this approach global.
FUTUREPERFECT is a growing international collection of stories about people, businesses and organizations that are working towards more sustainable ways of living and doing business – in practice, not in theory. Our interest lies with the great many successful attempts of simply getting started with a future that is better both in ecological and social terms. Therefore, the best way to contribute to FUTUREPERFECT is to endeavor something of your own – in those areas of your life where you have the opportunity. Usually, a whole new range of opportunities will arise once that first step has been taken. How could you make a change for the better; what kinds of change would you like to make?
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You can also help expand their archive of stories. Do you know of an interesting project whose story ought to be told? Do you know editorial boards, publishers or authors who are familiar with real-world examples of sustainable practices and have the talent and propensity to weave them into stories? Please contact Tomas Moravec (Goethe-Institut, Tomas.Moravec@Prag.goethe.org) or Luise Tremel (FUTURZWEI, firstname.lastname@example.org).