Workable Utopias

Workable Utopias

Enhance your vision for a realistic, sustainable, truly healthy society.

Are you a visionary, artist, or activist? Do you want to create a better world? Put Workable Utopias in your toolbox.

Visionary: Tie your social vision to concrete steps for moving it forward.

Artist: Create inspiring, believable fictional worlds.

Activist: Tie your project to a larger, sustainable vision and find new allies.

How it works

Join utopian speculative fiction writer and educator, Arwen Spicer, for a fun and inspiring workshop to explore your values as a basis for an inspiring, realistic social vision by working with human nature, human needs, and ecological reality.

To schedule a workshop for your organization, contact me and include your organization’s name and type of organization (ex. social justice activism, writers group…) and what you want to get out of the workshop. For a limited time, price is pay what you think is fair. Inquire about splitting workshop proceeds with your charitable cause.

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Welcome to Workable Utopias, a program developed by writer and educator Arwen Spicer, which invites you to imagine inspiring futures for our world while staying grounded in the realistic and achievable. Drawing on the imaginative scope of speculative fiction and the realities of science and human nature, Workable Utopias provides a framework for social planning in two modes:

  1. Creating visions and means for social activism
  2. Creating excellent world-building for speculative fiction (itself a kind of cultural activism)

Workable Utopias approaches good social planning through the lens of Foundations. A workable, sustainable social system must be founded on an awareness of physical reality and human needs and characteristics. Workable Utopias encourages the exploration of value systems in terms of their impact on ecological relations, their effectiveness in meeting human needs, and their alignment of social goals with human nature.