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ACTIVE EXPLORATIONS //

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HOW CAN WE ACCESS AND NURTURE THE RADICAL IMAGINATION?

Throughout our work we have consistently witnessed the limitations and barriers to the imagination, an inability to dream beyond the confines of our current reality. Like society, our dreams are often rooted in uneven power dynamics and exploitative, repressive relationships. We know that our collective imagination both shapes and is shaped by society, and we desperately need an intervention. 

 

Read: Why We Need to Decolonise and Democratise Our Imaginations.

 

The radical imagination is the key to our most equitable, regenerative futures. It is a portal that enables us to transcend our current reality and rewrite the narratives of what society can be. It is a tool for personal and collective healing. But what do we really mean when we talk about the radical imagination? What does it look like, sound like, feel like? How do we access and nurture it? What can we learn from the radical imaginations of our ancestors? We are exploring practices and frameworks that allow us to access and nurture this radical imagination and create the conditions for more expansive vision to emerge.

HOW CAN THE PRINCIPLES OF REGENERATION INFORM SYSTEMS DESIGN?

This year, we have experienced a global (and long overdue) awakening of race consciousness, publicly exposing how deeply colonialism is embedded within our society. Yet in conversations of decolonisation and dismantling, we also have to ask, what comes next? Which systems will replace the outdated scripts? Which frameworks inspire a radically different way of interacting with each other and our world? 

 

Regeneration lies in contrast to colonialism, grounded in Indigenous wisdom, practices and cultural values. How can we learn from this natural wisdom to radically reimagine healthy, thriving systems? Systems that are designed around wholeness — where every part is functional, necessary and valued. 

 

We are collaborating with multidisciplinary practitioners through public workshops to develop open-source research on the transferable principles of a regenerative system and their application to different sectors. Our hope is that through the research process, we will increase systems change literacy, inform systems design practice, and create expansive visions for a regenerative future. 

If you want to collaborate or support these explorations, email hello@andbeyond.earth

PREVIOUS //

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SUSTAINABILITY ASSOCIATION //

Building community for sustainability practitioners at UAL

July 2020

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LOCKDOWN LESSONS //

Navigating uncertainty and reconnecting with purpose while WFH

April 2020

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WHAT IF? //

Identifying leverage points with multidisciplinary collaborators 
Jan 2020

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FUTURES //

Designing business for a values-led world

Nov 2019

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REIMAGINING LEARNING //

Expansive visioning for education in the UK

Nov 2019

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ACTIVE STORYTELLING //

Enabling students to realise their power through designing values-led futures

Oct 2019

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