Collective Visions

There are some powerful science fiction books & movies 
which have been "putting out there" quite different visions of humanity's future ...

((the Spanish page is a little more developed ...))

Four Types of Future Visions

this is the first part (of 4) of the slides of this 2nd class

What is interesting to notice is that, in terms of Collective Visions, we do have a lot of examples of both the Techno-Fantasy scenario (starting with The Jetsons & most science fiction novels & movies) & of the Atlantis scenario (Mad Max, etc.), in popular culture.

And nowadays, the dominant vision of the alternative movements is mostly focused around the Green Tech Stability scenario -  eg. The Venus Project, the majority of the sustainability movement, including some parts of the Transition & Permaculture movements.

Can you think of some popular movies (or novels)
that could be said to represent  the 4 different future visions?

Unfortunately, it seems that there is much less of the Creative Descent (Permaculture) scenario, in terms of numbers, outreach & popularity.

Given how important visioning is for even starting to design in the right direction (see Dana Meadow's wonderful Visioning Lecture), it seems that a very important part of our work as integral permaculture designers could be to help to create more and varied art to make the vision of the Creative Descent scenarios much more popular, interesting and attractive.

Here (and on the FB thread linked to this page) we will compile some of the best examples we could find.

PermaCulture Visions

(Creative Descent)

There are so few of these (especially ones with the science right..) that they are extra-important to spread and engage with.    

The Fifth World

This is a very new, very original sci fi story in that it is also being crowd-sourced

Vídeo de YouTube

see A Story Problem page for more about this & link to our dialogue in FB.

The Green Planet

 (in french "La Belle Verte" film, by feminist director Coline Serreau)

This is a famous classic with permaculture visionaries, and a very rare biotech sci-fi film, which is also very funny in parts.

A MUST to see for everyone who wants some help in visioning the kind of very scientifically advanced future, which is also in tune with nature.   

Here is a search YouTube for "La Belle Verte full movie"  or "The Green Beautiful full movie"

More about this film here in wikipedia:

La belle verte is a 1996 French film directed by Coline Serreau and released by Les Films Alain Sarde and TF1 Films Production. Screenplay and original music score written by Coline Serreau. Produced by Alain Sarde. Cinematography by Robert Alazraki. Editor - Catherine Renault. Runtime - 99 min. Filmed on locations at Australia and France.


(director James Cameron)

See an article Stef wrote in 2010 about Avatar as a Vision for a Teal Future

Door into Ocean
(feminist science fiction, 

The novel is set in the future, on the fictional planet of Shora, a moon covered by water. 

The inhabitants of this planet, known as Sharers, are all female. Sharers use genetic engineering to control the ecology of their planet. 

They are peaceful beings who "share" — that is, they have a spiritual and linguistic union with each other and treat everyone equally. 

The Sharers take egalitarianism for granted because they share and they lack the concept of "power-over", making their society one in which conflicts are settled without violence.

 When they are being threatened by an outside power, they resist nonviolently because they refuse to believe in power. Thus, the Sharers can never be subdued by force.

The Sharer way of nonviolence is more than spiritual. It is based on historical realities of nonviolent resistance. 

The author based the events of her novel on much historical research, particularly the writings of peace historian Gene Sharp.   The novel includes much biological research into the evolution of innate capacities for nonviolence. For example, the participation of children in nonviolent resistance draws on deep instinctual responses found in humans and related mammals.

Continue reading in wikipedia article

Woman on the Edge of Time

(feminist science fiction, Marge Piercy)

Thirty-seven-year-old Hispanic woman Consuelo (Connie) Ramos, recently released from forced detention in a mental institution for drug-fueled child abuse which led her to lose custody of her daughter, gets recommitted against her will. 

She was committed by her niece's pimp after she struck him because he was forcing her niece (Dolly) to have a dirty abortion. 
While committed and heavily drugged in a mental hospital in New York, she begins to communicate with a figure that may or may not be imaginary: an androgynous young woman named Luciente. 
Luciente is from the future, a utopian world in which a number of goals of the political and social agenda of the late sixties and early seventies radical movements have been fulfilled. Environmental pollutionhomophobiaracismphallogocentrism, class-subordination, consumerismimperialism, and totalitarianism no longer exist in the agrarian, communal community of Mattapoisett
The death penalty, however, continues to exist ("We don't think it's right to kill ... . Only convenient."), as does war.

Continue to read in wikipedia article

There's a dialogue related to this page in the Integral Permaculture FB group (click icon to go there)

There's a dialogue in our FB group about this subject (click icon to go there)

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