Routledge Handbook for Creative Futures
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As the uncertainty of global and local contexts continues to amplify, the Routledge Handbook for Creative Futures responds to the increasing urgency for reimagining futures beyond dystopias and utopias. It features essays that explore the challenges of how to think about compelling futures, what these better futures might be like, and what personal and collective practices are emerging that support the creation of more desirable futures.
The handbook aims to find a sweet spot somewhere between despair and naïve optimism, neither shying away from the massive socio-environmental planetary challenges currently facing humanity nor offering simplistic feel-good solutions. Instead, it offers ways forward—whether entirely new perspectives or Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge perspectives that have been marginalized within modernity—and shares potential transformative practices. The volume contains contributions from established and emerging scholars, practitioners, and scholar-practitioners with diverse backgrounds and experiences: a mix of Indigenous, Black, Asian, and White/Caucasian contributors, including women, men, and trans people from around the world, in places such as Kenya, India, US, Canada, and Switzerland, among many others. Chapters explore critical concepts alongside personal and collective practices for creating desirable futures at the individual, community, organizational, and societal levels.
This scholarly and accessible book will be a valuable resource for researchers and students of leadership studies, social innovation, community and organizational development, policy studies, futures studies, cultural studies, sociology, and management studies. It will also appeal to educators, practitioners, professionals, and policymakers oriented toward activating creative potential for life-affirming futures for all.
Introduction to The Handbook for Creative Futures
Gabrielle Donnelly and Alfonso Montuori
PART I: Context for Creative Futures
1. Why Creative Futures?
Alfonso Montuori and Gabrielle Donnelly
2. Postnormal Imagination with Ziauddin Sardar
In Conversation with Gabrielle Donnelly and Alfonso Montuori
3. Humanity’s Great Creativity Reset: Designing Worlds Beyond the Grand Global Futures Challenges
Jennifer M. Gidley
4. The Systems View of Life: A Science for Sustainable Living
5. An Optimistic Future of Consciousness
Allan L. Combs
6. Social Construction and the Forming of Futures
Celiane Camargo-Borges and Kenneth J. Gergen
PART II: New Orientations and Reframings for Creative Futures
7. Making Sanctuary with Báyò Akómoláfé
In Conversation with Gabrielle Donnelly
8. Creating the Future: Five Principles of Realistic Hope
Angela Wilkinson and Betty Sue Flowers
9. Post-Oppositional Tactics for Transformation
10. Societies of the Possible
Vlad P. Glăveanu
11. Inhabiting Brilliance: Wrestling the Gifts of Narcissism
Jeanine M. Canty
12. The Wisdom of Holding Old Stories in New Ways: Intentionally Evolving Toward a More Inclusive and Creative Future
Jennifer Garvey Berger and Zafer Achi
13. Postnormal Creativity
14. Queer Convivial Futures
15. Accessing the Future through Imagination
PART III: Reckoning with the Past and Present for Creative Futures
16. Gesturing Toward Decolonial Future with Vanessa Andreotti
In Conversation with Gabrielle Donnelly
17. Healing Historical Traumas: Empathic Dialogue in Creation of Better Futures
18. Creative Futures Begin with Reckoning with an Unjust Pasts
Sarah van Gelder
19. Entangled Landscapes: Healing as a Path to Sustaining Food Futures
Sarah Pitteollo and Chaiti Seth
20. "Reinventing" the Past to Imagine Better Futures
Constance de Saint Laurent
PART IV: Frameworks, Approaches, and Applications for Creative Futures
21. Creating Equitable Societies: Four Cornerstones
22. Setting Course for an Ecological Civilization
23. Beyond and Through COVID-19: Possible Pivots to Different Futures
24. Universal Basic Income for Creative Futures
Giuseppe Allegri and Renato Foschi
25. Transformation Catalysts, Narrative, and Art: Shaping New Potential for System Transformation
26. A Transdisciplinary Analysis of Creativity within Fridays for Future School Strikes: Or "Pay No Attention to that Man Behind the Curtain"
Nwakerendu Waboso, Sarah Davis, and Richard C. Mitchell
27. Recasting the Future with Amazon Workers
Max Haiven, Graeme Webb, and Xenia Benivolski
28. Creative Futures Conspiracies: A Matrix and Some Maxims for Radical Social Re-imagination
29. The Future of the Past: Memory and Social Change following the COVID-19 Pandemic
Brady Wagoner and Lisa Herbig
30. Imagineering ‘Mission-Oriented Branding’: When Shifting from Fragmentation to Integration Seems Mission Impossible
Diane Nijs and Johan Leyssen
31. Sourced from Love: Pathways Toward Cultural Healing
A dialogue between Anneke Campbell and Nina Simons
PART V: Personal, Relational and Collaborative Practices for Creative Futures
32. Creating Compelling Futures with Autumn Brown and adrienne maree brown
In Conversation with Gabrielle Donnelly
33. Taking a Radical Stance for Complex Joy in the Work of Shaping Change
Tuesday Ryan-Hart and Gabrielle Donnelly
34. The Use of Transformative Somatic Practices in Processes of Collective Imagination and Collaborative Future-Shaping
35. Awareness-Based Collective Creativity: A Studio-Based Practice for Social Future-Making
Arawana Hayashi and Ricardo Dutra Gonçalves
36. Psychological Futures: Antifragility and the Imperative of Interdependence
37. A World with Space for All to Be: Generative Mindfulness, Awareness-Based Action Research, and Inclusion
Kathryn Goldman Schuyler, Lemuel W. Watson, and Patricia A. Wilson
"This fascinating volume contains important contributions that initiate the process of weaning us away from the overly-instrumental and exploitative modernist mindset we have inadvertently acquired through the imperative of economic progress. This mindset has become, as Alfred North Whitehead observed, as natural as the air we breathe; it is so translucent, and so pervading, and so seemingly necessary that we are often unaware how fundamentally it shapes our perceptions, priorities and actions. It is time for us to reperceive and rethink our priorities and the contributors to this volume explore a variety of ways by which this can be realised. In this handbook, contributors explore these challenges and attempt to discover a "sweet spot" between despair and naïve optimism in addressing the massive socio-economic, political and "environmental planetary challenges" facing our time. The volume offers fresh perspectives that are more ecologically attuned but that have been surreptitiously marginalized by the onslaught of modernity and its imperatives. They importantly initiate the creation of new possible futures by exploring how to rethink the fundamental issues of our time."
Robert Chia, Research Professor of Management, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, UK
"The Handbook for Creative Futures shows how glorious it is to be young now while old systems fail so that odysseys of phoenixes of their imagination and creation can rise from the ashes."
Jim Dator, Professor Emeritus and Former Director, Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
"To paraphrase William Blake nearly 200 years later ‘we must co-create our futures, or be enslaved by another person's.’ This remarkable compendium of perspectives on the creative 'future potential of the present moment' reminds all of us to take our future seriously by consciously stepping into our agency of co-creating it. Life's core patterns are about creation, regeneration and transmutation (death and rebirth). If we aim to co-create wisely, we should keep this in mind as we collectively redesign the human impact on Earth from its current degenerative influence to re-align with our species inheritance and future as diverse regenerative cultures everywhere who are not only healers but creative expressions of the ecosystems they dwell in as custodians."
Daniel Christian Wahl, PhD Intl. Futures Forum, author of 'Designing Regenerative Cultures', Spain
"Once upon a time, talking about ‘the future’ brought about hope of inevitable progress. Not anymore. Despair is more easily discernible than hope. But it does not have to be that way, and this wonderful volume shows how - how to face reality head on and not lose faith in the ways it may be transformed. A diverse and brilliant array of authors discuss imaginatively how we may bring about creative futures. It couldn’t have been more timely or necessary. A fascinating volume."
Haridimos Tsoukas, The Columbia Ship Management Professor of Strategic Management, University of Cyprus, and Distinguished Research Environment Professor of Organizational Behaviour, University of Warwick, UK
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