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    ABOUT THE PROJECT

    The world is in need of ideas for a better, more sustainable future, but ideas are not enough. FUTUREPERFECT, an international and multilingual internet platform, tells the stories of individuals, initiatives, organizations, and businesses that have moved from ideas to action. In implementing new practices and reinvigorating old ones, these cooperatives, companies or communities are actively working towards a better future in the present. Their focus is not on economic growth but on sustainable prosperity. They move beyond searching for the best technology, instead asking for better ways of life.

    FUTUREPERFECT shows that the transformation of modern society toward sustainability is not principally the domain of scientific and political “experts”. Just as well, it is the business of ordinary people who use their scope of 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. They are published as Creative Commons articles to encourage broad distribution and sharing.

    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 infiltrated public communication with issues of transition, degrowth, sustainable lifestyles and politics, beyond preaching only to the already converted. FUTUREPERFECT is taking this approach global.



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    OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS

    FUTUREPERFECT can generate stories only thanks to the collaboration and expertise of a variety of local partner institutions in our countries of operation. These organizations and individuals find and choose projects, and they portray them in stories, invited and coordinated by the respective Goethe-Institut.

    The 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 as well as in our partner institutions’ media outlets.


                           
                           
                           

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                                    PARTICIPATE IN OUR EFFORTS

                                    FUTUREPERFECT is a growing international collection of stories about people, businesses and organizations that are working towards more sustainable ways of living and doing business – in practice, not in theory. Our interest lies with the great many successful attempts of simply getting started with a future that is better both in ecological and social terms. Therefore, the best way to contribute to FUTUREPERFECT is to endeavor something of your own – in those areas of your life where you have the opportunity. Usually, a whole new range of opportunities will arise once that first step has been taken. How could you make a change for the better; what kinds of change would you like to make?

                                    Send us your ideas

                                    You can also help us expand our archive of stories. Do you know editorial boards, publishers or authors who are familiar with real-world examples of sustainable practices and have the talent and propensity to weave them into stories? Please contact Ingrid Arnold (Goethe-Institut, Ingrid.Arnold@goethe.de).

                                    Share stories using the Creative Commons license

                                    You are warmly invited to share and distribute our stories by using them as guest articles in your blog or (online) magazine as well as on paper. All our written content is published under a Creative Commons license to allow everyone to use and distribute our stories without cost. We merely require that you mention the source FUTUREPERFECT, along with the author’s name, and that you refer to the license „BY-NC-ND 3.0“, preferably by link. Such free use is restricted to noncommercial publication without any changes to the material. Detailed information on this licensing model can be found on the Creative Commons web site. You are equally welcome to use our material in a commercial medium; for this, however, we ask you to contact us to negotiate a fee for the respective author. If you wish to use a story in a commercial medium or have any related questions, please contact Raven Musialik (FUTURZWEI, musialik@futurzwei.org).

                                    Photographs

                                    Please note that the photographs displayed along with the stories are copyrighted material. Before using a photograph in your own publication, please check the copyright notice in the picture’s right-hand corner for a „CC“. We make the pictures freely available for non-commercial use where we can. Should you not find a „CC“ and wish to publish the photograph, please contact Raven Musialik (FUTURZWEI, musialik@futurzwei.org).


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