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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.

©2020 Jess Scully (P)2020 W. F. Howes

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A book for action

We need books like this,inspiring with optimism,sharing the wisdom and breakthroughs from around the world. Thank you very much to the author for all the research that was done, I truly enjoyed reading this book.

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Fantastic survey of hope

Jess Scully has written a fantastic survey of so many fields from political empowerment of citizens to better urban design of cities. Her work shows us that utopia isn’t out of reach but there are small glimpses of it all around if you just look.

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Brilliant

Purchased both the hard copy and audible version of this book. It’s big on ideas and has left me feeling inspired - and busting to get to work making change in my local community.

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