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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.
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.