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Triumph of the Commons: 55 Theses on the Future Paperback – September 15, 2011
Most scenarios of the year 2050 are dystopian. Nuclear-annihilation, flu pandemics, global famine, a world without oil, cataclysmic floods, cyborg usurpation. It wasn't always this way though. In the last century, Western society envisioned the Machine Age. The Space Age. The Utopia of cyberspace. Even the flat world of globalism. Right or wrong, these were visions of where society wanted civilization to be in 50 years and it threw all its resources into designing each one. But because pundits predict the encroaching cataclysms will shatter everything, many of us have ceased dreaming. All we do, it seems, is wait for the time bomb to hit zero. Triumph of the Commons: 55 Theses on the Future is a collaborative book from fifty-five artists that challenges this dystopian vision. It resurrects the historically disparaged, yet newly meaningful, socio-economic model of the commons as the key cultural narrative for overcoming our end of days. Readers will find that each thesis — and its pop cultural references — offers stunning insights into a range of concerns emerging in the 21st century. “I admire the 55 theses that are herein presented … That designers were asked to interpret these ideas, aids all of us in understanding and concretizing by making visual, indeed universal, the concepts.” Steven Heller