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Spreading Utopia for Realists
IDEA BY: Stan Kanehara LOCATION: Canada CATEGORY: Social Responsibility

ENTRY TITLE

Spreading Utopia for Realists
IDEA BY: Stan Kanehara
LOCATION: Canada
CATEGORY: Social Responsibility

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Rutger Bergman’s Utopia for Realists has three ideas that will change the world: basic income, 20 hour workweek, and open borders. MY idea is to spread these ideas through every means possible until they catch on and become reality.

What SHOULD the world become? What COULD the world become? Rutger Bergman’s Utopia for Realists argues that utopia thinking is needed to break out from our conventional mindsets to show us the world as it should and could be: Basic income for everybody will help to eliminate world poverty, reduce costly bureaucracy, and incentivize people to work (yes, it is true). Twenty hour workweeks will give people time to do what is truly important like raise kids, be with their family, do community work, and at the same time eliminate unemployment. Open borders will give everyone the right to live and work where s/he wants (a moral imperative like women’s rights, civil rights, LBGT rights), also help to eliminate world poverty, and DOUBLE the world’s GNP (again, yes, it is true). MY idea is to spread these ideas through public talks, town hall meetings, social media, letters to parliamentarians, etc. Maybe even an app! A strategy of how to do this will be developed with the assistance of social scientists and media consultants. Once developed it will be launched, tracked, monitored, measured and evaluated to perfect it and then relaunched again and again until acceptance grows and grows and they are infused throughout societies worldwide. This may take decades, but one must start somewhere. And we can’t depend on governments to take the initiative. As history shows, real change often starts at the grassroots, with groups of people getting together, organizing, marching, being heard. Can you imagine women’s rights in 1900? Can you imagine the civil rights movement in 1950? Can you imagine LBGT rights in 1970 or much less a LBGT movement? Can you imagine Open Borders in 2017? This idea is an investment for the future. The 2050 world thanks you.