Consider joining the workshop, “Imaging a Dramatically Better World,” Friday evening May 15th  through Saturday evening, May 16th at College of the Atlantic.

This workshop offers an in-depth method for developing rich, detailed images of the kind of world we are working towards and the paths that might make them real in the coming decades.

Elise Boulding and Warren Ziegler first developed the process for “Imaging a World Without Weapons” as described in Boulding’s book, “Building a Global Civic Culture.” Methods for inward imaging, brainstorming, role playing, theater, drawing,  macro-analysis  and a variety of other techniques are used to explore a possible world of 30 years hence, the scenarios that could lead to it and actions we can take to bring it about-or start living the vision it provides now.

This workshop will be facilitated by Gray Cox, COA faculty member in social theory and peace studies and the author of the book, “The Ways of Peace: A philosophy of peace as action.” Cox received a B.A. at Wesleyan University an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy at Vanderbilt University. He trained with Boulding and Ziegler and has offered these workshops many times for diverse groups.

Says Cox, “The experience is intense and empowering. People end up with really vivid and compelling visions of what they are working for and what kinds of social change will get them there-visions they have had a chance to explore and analyze in self-critical, systematic  ways. Folks who have been getting worn down doing social change stuff get recharged and come back ready to really  kick butt.“ On Saturday evening, after the workshop, there will be a dance party with music by College of the Atlantic students who have been composing songs envisioning positive futures.

“The workshop runs from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. Friday night, 8:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 15th and 16th and the dance party will then start at 8:15. Donations to help cover materials costs will be welcomed.