Not many people would argue that the world is not in need of a better and more sustainable future. While innovation, technical solutions or just good ideas are crucial, these alone are not enough.

Addressing this issue, FUTUREPERFECT, is an international and multilingual internet platform which tells the stories of individuals, initiatives, organisations, and businesses. The key aspect is that all have moved from ideas to action.

By implementing new practices and reinvigorating old ones, these cooperatives, companies or communities are actively working towards a better future in the present — hence the name of the platform. Their focus is not on economic growth but on sustainable prosperity. They move beyond searching for the best technology and instead ask “are there better ways of life”.

FUTUREPERFECT shows that the transformation of modern society toward sustainability is not principally the domain of scientific and political “experts”. It is just as much, perhaps even more crucially, a concern for ordinary people who in their situated lives take action to experiment with what is possible in the here and now. To facilitate an exchange of ideas and to inform and inspire a broad diversity of experiments with a sustainable future, FUTUREPERFECT features stories from around the world.

FUTUREPERFECT is a joint venture of the German foundation FUTURZWEI and the Goethe-Institut. Launched in early 2012, FUTURZWEI presents hundreds of pioneers of new and different economic, social, and cultural practices. Through these articles, as well as books, films, podcasts, and media cooperations, FUTURZWEI has entered public communication with issues of transition, degrowth, sustainable lifestyles and politics, beyond preaching only to the already converted. FUTUREPERFECT is taking this approach global.

The stories are found and chosen by local partners and written in the respective local languages. Their English and German translations are published on this platform, whereas the original versions are to be found on the Goethe-Institut’s specific country sites.

Image credit: “FUTUREPERFECT”. Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from FUTUREPERFECT and the Goethe-Institut.


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