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.