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Practicing Futures

A Civic Imagination Action Handbook


Gabriel Peters-Lazaro and Sangita Shresthova

The real world is full of challenges and the sheer weight of problems facing us can stifle the genius of our collective human creativity at exactly the time when we desperately need imaginative and innovative solutions. Responding to this, Practicing Futures: A Civic Imagination Action Handbook harnesses our connections to popular culture and taps the boundless potential of human imagination to break free of assumptions that might otherwise trap us in repetitive cycles of alienation. Utopias and dystopias have long been used to pose questions, provoke discussions, and inspire next steps and are helpful because they encourage long view perspectives. Building on the work of the Civic Imagination Project at the University of Southern California, the Handbook is a practical guide for community leaders, educators, creative professionals, and change-makers who want to encourage creative, participatory, and playful approaches to thinking about the future. This book shares examples and models from the authors’ work in diverse communities. It also provides a step-by-step guide to their workshops with the objective of making their approach accessible to all interested practitioners. The tools are adaptable to a variety of local contexts and can serve multiple purposes from community and network building to idea generation and media campaign design by harnessing the expansive capacity for imagination within all of us.

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Names: Peters-Lazaro, Gabriel, author. | Shresthova, Sangita, author.Title: Practicing futures: a civic imagination action handbook /Gabriel Peters-Lazaro, Sangita Shresthova.Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2020.Series: New literacies and digital epistemologies; vol. 83 | ISSN 1523-9543Includes bibliographical references and index.Identifiers: LCCN 2020022427 (print) | LCCN 2020022428 (ebook)ISBN 978-1-4331-6180-3 (hardback) | ISBN 978-1-4331-7270-0 (paperback)ISBN 978-1-4331-7267-0 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-7268-7 (epub)ISBN 978-1-4331-7269-4 (mobi)Subjects: LCSH: Imagination. | Social change. | Civics.Classification: LCC BF408 .P399 2020 (print) | LCC BF408 (ebook) |DDC 303.48/4—dc23LC record available at ebook record available at 10.3726/b15998


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