Glimpses of Utopia
Real ideas for a fairer world
It’s hard to be excited about the future right now. Climate change is accelerating; inequality is growing; politics is polarised; institutions designed to protect us are strained; technology is disrupting the world of work. We need to upgrade the operating systems of our society. Jess Scully asks, What can we do? The answer is: plenty! All over the world, people are refusing the business-as-usual mindset and putting humans back into the civic equation, reimagining work and care, finance and government, urban planning and communication, to make them better and fairer for all.
Meet the care workers reclaiming control in India and Lebanon, the people turning slums into safe havens in Kenya and Bangladesh, and champions of people-powered digital democracy in Iceland and Taiwan. There are radical bankers funding renewable energy in the USA and architects redesigning real estate in Australia, new payment systems in Italy and the Philippines that keep money in local communities, and innovators redesigning taxation to cut pollution and incentivise creative solutions.
Glimpses of Utopia is a call for optimism. Humans everywhere are rising up to confront our challenges with creativity, resilience and compassion. Harnessing technology and imagination, we can reshape our world to be fair and sustainable. This book shows us how.
COMING AUGUST 2020
“What a wonderful and inspiring book of concrete ideas when we need inspiration the most. With the world standing at a crossroads on climate change, Jess Scully has given us a clear path forward with solutions that we can all be a part of. A welcome read that gives me hope for our collective future.”
Blair Palese, founder of 350.org Australia
“I found this book to be remarkably invigorating–it’s a collection of eminently practical ideas, from a writer who has done the nitty gritty work of making change herself. And if we were able to join together to make them happen, our world would change. As we emerge from the pandemic, this is precisely the kind of thinking that we need.”
Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy
“Jess Scully has written the antidote to these strange and troubling times. Glimpses of Utopia is an audacious appeal to our best selves, daring us to reimagine a better world that not just should be but could be. This book is a pathway to a promised land. It’s peppered with curiosity, discovery and the reflections of an author who truly believes in the goodness and power of her fellow human beings. Glimpses is the gentle nudge we need as we grapple with how to turn a global calamity into an opportunity to create a better, fairer future for ourselves, our children and our planet. Whoever you are, wherever you’re at, this book will make you feel better about the world and everyone in it.“