Glimpses of Utopia

Real ideas for a fairer world

Jess Scully

Glimpses of Utopia

Real ideas for a fairer world

Jess Scully

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.

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Jess Scully

Jess Scully

Jess Scully

Jess Scully is a curator who uses creativity to engage people in the knowledge economy and with urban life in the 21st century, working to shape a sustainable and inclusive future. In 2019 she was elected as Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney.

Jess has charted a unique career over 20 years: founding ground-breaking festival Vivid Ideas, Australia’s largest creative-industries event; supporting emerging talent through projects such as the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards; sparking new thinking through TEDxSydney; and transforming public spaces as a public art curator. She has also been a policy advisor, radio host and magazine editor.

As a councillor, Jess advocates for new models to address the housing crisis and support workforces of the future, is championing the revival of nightlife and expanding access to culture, and protecting digital rights in the public realm. A strong believer in citizen participation, Jess is committed to opening up politics, especially to younger and more diverse people.

Jess Scully’s first book, Glimpses of Utopia, will be published by Pantera Press in August 2020.

 

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“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.”

“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.”

“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.