The Cosmopolis 2045 Project is a collaborative thought experiment involving many people and taking place over a number of years. The project was first envisioned by Arthur Jensen following the Festschrift for Barnett Pearce in 2011 and has received ongoing support from the CMM Institute, Columbia University, Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society at Villanova University.

The project is a response to the challenge of how do you envision better social worlds, knowing that there is no “best” goal outside of the very process of communicating itself. The first manifestation of our response to the challenge is a website, Cosmopolis 2045, depicting our vision of a community set in the future (circa 2045) in which residents and leaders of the community have adopted a communication-centric view of how their own and other social worlds function. It is our belief, and one that can be substantiated, that this communication-centric view is what we need for the evolution of better social worlds.

In our imagination we have drawn together many of the social change initiatives happening around the world today and woven them within a communication perspective “loom”. And in doing this, we have created new imaginings of what can happen if we treat communicating seriously.

The stories, the new social institutions and the dialogic practices of the citizens and leaders in our imagined community have been developed to point to new ways and new possibilities for personal and social evolution. Given the local and global challenges we all face in the 21st century, we hope our new imaginings offer some hope and some new directions to explore.

For more information:

Arthur Jensen  adjensen142@gmail.com

Robyn Penman robynpenman1@gmail.com

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