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Utopian Futures: Envisioning Future Societies

Updated: Dec 30, 2023



A curious silver lining has emerged in the crucible of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond the shadows of devastation, it has forced us to reevaluate the norms we once considered unalterable. The reduction in travel has gifted us cleaner air; the lull in vacations has rejuvenated water bodies in holiday hotspots, and cities devoid of traffic have become havens for pedestrians and cyclists. In this temporary cleanse, the pandemic has given us a rare chance to scrutinize and challenge the anachronisms that have persistently hindered modern life.


As we stand at the precipice of a potential return to our pre-pandemic routines, it's worth pondering a radical idea – what if we viewed this as an opportunity not to revert but to revolutionize? What if we could craft a utopian future that prioritizes humanity and environmental respect and addresses the systemic inequalities ingrained in our current model?


1. Take a People-First Approach

At the core of this utopia is a fundamental principle – putting people first. The bedrock of our societal structure should be transparency, honesty, and trust, fostering an environment where policies and regulations prioritize the well-being and happiness of individuals.


2. Live Sustainably

Sustainability becomes the guiding principle, acknowledging that our lives are intricately tied to the health of our environment. Failure to live sustainably incurs environmental cleanup costs and elevates healthcare and social expenses.


3. Level the Playing Field by Raising It for Everyone

In this utopia, success is measured by individual contributions based on talents and effort rather than by familial connections or financial assets. A society founded on fairness and equality, where everyone has access to opportunities based on merit.


4. Embrace Diversity & Difference

Diversity isn't just accepted; it's celebrated. Recognizing and respecting differences in gender, race, age, and more is pivotal in building stronger social bonds and fostering creativity and innovation.


5. Simplicity Means the Greatest Levels of Acceptance and Engagement

Policies should be clear, prioritizing people over corporations and ensuring universal housing, education, and healthcare access. A society free of pollution and fear, where individuals control their own destiny.


6. Education Reversed

Modern education evolves to nurture creativity, emphasizing emotional intelligence, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Science, arts, and humanities intertwine, recognizing intelligence as multi-faceted.


7. Leading Without Frontiers

Authentic leadership emerges, challenging the status quo and opposing oppressive forces. Political leaders fearlessly articulate visions for a better world, unburdened by censorship or legal sanction.


8. Make Politics Attractive for Authentic Leaders

Reinvent politics to attract leaders from diverse backgrounds, bridging the gap between humanities, arts, technology, entrepreneurship, and politics. It's time for leaders who genuinely seek a better world.


9. Creativity Exists Within Every Person, Not the Elite Few

Demystify creativity, emphasizing that it resides within everyone. Challenge conventions and identify new ways of doing things to benefit society.


10. Flush the Stereotypes

Break free from preconceived notions. Embrace bold decisions that transform risk into reward and fear into determination. Stability should help progress.


11. Forbid the Cynicism of Failure: Win or Learn Mentality

Embrace failure as a stepping stone to success. Adopt a mindset that believes in continuous learning, where passion fuels energy and accountability reigns supreme.


12. Empower People to Adapt as Fast as Society Needs

Cultivate agility, encouraging adaptability to constant change. Remove obstacles to innovation and progress, fostering a liberal, inclusive, and meritocratic culture.


13. Don't Get Mesmerized by Technology and Being Fooled Into Believing It's the Answer

Technology is a tool, not a solution. Intelligently apply technology to unlock human ingenuity, ensuring ethical and responsible progress.


14. Our Outputs are the Next Generation's Inputs, Act Responsibly

Shape a future where the values imprinted on the next generation reflect responsibility and consciousness. Nurture socially conscious, ambitious individuals who question the status quo.


In crafting this utopian vision, we recognize the audacity of the endeavor. But this audacity propels us forward, allowing us to break free from the constraints of the present and envision a future that transcends the limitations we've come to accept. As we stand on the cusp of a potential world reboot, let us not merely return to what was but strive for what could be – a utopian future built on principles prioritizing people, sustainability, equality, and the relentless pursuit of progress.


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Roy Sharples

Founder and CEO of Unknown Origins Creative Studios, is in the fight against unoriginality by unleashing creative bravery. Author of "Creativity Without Frontiers: How to make the invisible visible by lighting the way into the future."





Photo credit: Brian Smale


Gary Burt

Versatile and visionary leader known for his impactful contributions to technology companies like Microsoft, O2, Siemens, Atos, and Blue Prism. He excels in setting strategies, defining features, and overseeing product lifecycles. Gary prioritizes a people-centered design approach and strives for both aesthetic and technical excellence to achieve positive societal impact.



Attitude. Imagination. Execution.


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