Utopia in the Anthropocene takes a cross-disciplinary approach to analyse our current world problems, identify the key resistance to change and take the reader step-by-step towards a more sustainable, equitable, and rewarding world. It presents paradigm-shifting models of economics, political decision-making, business organization, and leadership and community life. These are supported by psychological evidence, utopian literature and inspirational changes in history.
The Anthropocene is in crisis because human activity is changing almost everything about life on this planet at an unparalleled pace. Climate change, the environmental emergency, economic inequality, threats to democracy and peace and an onslaught of new technology: these planetwide risks can seem too big to comprehend let alone manage. Our reckless pursuit of infinite economic growth on a finite planet could even take us towards a global dystopia. As an unprecedented frenzy of change grips the world, the case for utopia is stronger than ever. An effective change plan requires a bold, imaginative vision, practical goals and clarity around the psychological values necessary to bring about a transformation.
This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of the environmental humanities, sustainability studies, ecological economics, organisational psychology, politics, utopian philosophy and literature – and all who long for a better world.
Introduction:The case for utopia
Part One: The burning platform
Chapter 1: The Crisis of the Anthropocene: Change mismanaged
Part Two: The growthist world system
Chapters 2: The goals and values behind our "mad" world plan - and who’s behind it
Chapter 3: What keeps the system going: The economics, business and politics of growthism
Chapter 4: The wealth fallacy: the psychology and culture of growthism
Chapter 5: The worst case scenario: Dystopia in the Anthropocene
Part Three: The change plan: 12 steps towards a people-planet utopia
Chapter 6: Step 1. Define the utopian vision (the SEWP model)
Chapter 7: Step 2. Set goals and clarify values
Chapter 8: Step 3. Support an ecological revolution in economics
Chapter 9: Step 4. Put wellbeing and community first
Chapter 10: Step 5. Build a circular democracy (and champion the transvaluation of politics)
Chapter 11: Step 6. Embrace utopian internationalism
Chapter 12: Step 7. Help to grow post-growth enterprises
Chapter 13: Step 8. Manage yourself to utopia (by democratising leadership and other organizational practices)
Chapter 14: Step 9. Put psychology to work on transforming our values
Chapter 15: Step 10. Learn from the utopian imagination
Chapter 16: Step 11. Think and act like a utopian
Chapter 17: Step 12 Take heart from history
Part Four: Conclusion
Chapter 18: Make the choice: Utopia versus Dystopia
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