Since our very beginnings, we humans have speculated about, and even feared, what the future might hold. Dreaming of a ‘utopia’, a better place, has defined much of our existence. Utopian visions have driven humanity forwards, or at the very least, given us a push in the right direction. Think democracy, motorised transportation, medicine, the abolition of slavery. But there is a puzzling contradiction at the very root of the word utopia: it means both ‘good place’ and ‘no place’ simultaneously. So how can we envisage a reachable, inclusive and sustainable world of tomorrow, a ‘good place’ that is intended for us all?
Much of today’s utopianism is steeped in nostalgia: it dreams of making nations ‘great again’, and preserves the power of the few, rather than proposing real, revolutionary progress for all. But at TEDxAmsterdam, we believe that the solution lies in practical, inspirational utopian thinking that recognises the challenges we have to overcome, but firmly believes that things can change for the better.
Our upcoming online event, ACT II: The World of Tomorrow, does just that.