A recurring theme in The Wave is the importance of developing a shared regenerative narrative, a vision of a future we will co-create. But how do we develop such a vision? What ideas do we use? How can we "try them on" to see if they fit?
Answering these questions is why I was so excited to learn about an emerging genre of science fiction called "Solarpunk" (thanks Bobby Fishkin!).
Ben Valentine described Solarpunk as "the first creative movement consciously and positively responding to the Anthropocene. It proposes that humans can learn to live in harmony with the planet once again."
Here's a refreshing setting from Glass and Gardens, a collection of solarpunk short stories:
This room, like the rest of the complex, smells like water and fresh-turned earth. It’s designed to cool passively, and entering it is like walking into a cave: the air chill, damp. Shade plants—ferns, hostas, bleeding hearts—line the walls. Caught Root by Julia K. Patt
Related terms include Ecopunk and Hopepunk. Pulling on this thread also led me to the term "CliFi" or "Climate Fiction" which is often not so hopeful!
Let me know if you find any particularly good solarpunk reads - share the vision.
Pew's headline puts a pessimistic spin on what could be read as a fairly optimist outcome that a "majority of U.S. adults (56%) say they are somewhat or very optimistic about what the country will be like in 2050".
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We are very early in the process of defining what it means to build a regenerative society. While the terminology will continue to evolve, we're convinced the ideas are directionally correct. We are studying, testing, plotting, and building interest, support, and resources.
Thus this newsletter, which will come out every few weeks with information about RASA - narrating our work - along with brief observations and links to related materials exploring innovation and the regenerative economy.
With effort, and a bit of luck, we hope support for these concepts becomes a wave sweeping the world! Check out the archive to see if this newsletter is right for you (or a friend).
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