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Striving towards resilience

Various factors can shape and define pathways towards resilience in our society.

Some are couched in economic, social, political and technological biases wherein the ultimate goal is either:

  • A society that imagines it can protect itself in an enlightened way that is democratic and inclusive
  • A society believed to be so unruly and untrustworthy that only selected elites and specific leaders can decide and determine what is best for all

In consideration of alternative strategies to promote, attain and support resilience amid a highly uncertain future, we must consider not only those technologies and schemes that have been deployed and tried before but also some cutting-edge, ambiguous and untested approaches which have yet to prove their utility and value.

One example of the sheer dynamics and variables involved in designing such a strategy is whether one begins with a dystopian, utopian or agnostic perspective and set of fundamental beliefs.

Depending on the underlying orientation, one can visualise that some efforts would be grouped as highly experimental, ambitious and progressive, while others would be seen as reticent, cautious or self-limiting in structure and scope.

Your task

Identify and share your view on a specific program or project you’re aware of that was or is experimental and designed to create a utopian community.

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Foundations in Resilience, Security and Emerging Technology

Coventry University