We are running out of ideas in Western society. Faced with global warming, Third World devastation, nuclear proliferation and the threat posed by religious conflict, we need new ways of thinking. After the loss and carnage of the Twentieth Century there is prevailing mood of uncertainty and paranoia, yet at the same time a denial of tragedy, a salvation fantasy, an illusion that we will be saved. The decline in social solidarity, the fragmentation of communal values and a growing sense of 'I' as opposed to 'we', are all signs of an inversion of moral certitudes, a disconnection from reality. This book asks what methods do we have at our disposal to understand and reverse this breakdown of communication within and between communities.
Foreword -- Introduction -- Social dreaming and the self -- The night train of social dreams -- Dreaming after 9/11 -- Sweet honey in the rock -- The end of the dance: Dreams at a literary festival -- We are all slaves to babble—land: A mass dreaming experiment -- Dreaming in the inner city -- Too late! Social dreaming in the Haute Languedoc -- Conclusion