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Collective visioning
Utopia as process
in Love and revolution
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Chapter 2 – ‘Collective visioning: Utopia as process’ briefly locates this enquiry within a strong tradition of knowledge co-production between political activists and the academy: from the workers enquiries of the nineteenth century; experiments in direct democracy of the early twentieth century; the participatory research methods that emerged from the campesino movements of Africa and Latin America in the 1960s; Italy’s Operaismo and Argentina’s Argentinazo; and more recently the Zapatista-inspired encuentros and the dialogical spaces of the World Social Forum. The chapter then outlines the specific Collective Visioning approach used for this book and introduces the participants themselves, exploring how the process works to reveal images of future worlds, and of the seeds of liberation already existing in the present. This method, as we discover, utilises utopia as process – transitioning the functionality of utopia from noun to verb, and operationalising imagination as a productive power in the pursuit of new knowledge and praxis.

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