"Utopia is on the horizon. I walk two steps, it moves two steps away and the horizon runs ten steps further. So, what is utopia for? That’s what it’s for, it’s for walking."

Eduardo Galeano

Digging In


Art by Sol Cotti
Art by Sol Cotti


An independent podcast addressing vision and strategy for a better future - all about what we want and how we get it.
ZMI Original Recordings: Timeless Concerns for Movements
Parecon co-creator and economist, Robin Hahnel, is joined by fellow advocates Mitchell Szczepanczyk and Antti Jauhiainen to discuss questions and topics relating to a Participatory Economy, post-capitalism and how we can get there.


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Participatory Vision & Strategy:

Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century, Chris Spannos

No Bosses: A New Economy for a Better World, Michael Albert

Practical Utopia: Strategies for a Desirable Society, Michael Albert

Democratic Economic Planning, Robin Hahnel

Green Economics: Confronting the Ecological Crisis, Robin Hahnel

Parecomic, Sean Michael Wilson & Carl Thompson

Liberating Theory, Michael Albert, Leslie Cagan, Noam Chomsky, Robin Hahnel, Mel King, Lydia Sargent, Holly Sklar

Women & Revolution, Edited by Lydia Sargent

Vision & Strategy Essentials:

Direct Struggle Against Capital: A Peter Kropotkin Anthology

Workers Councils, Pannekoek

Roads to Freedom: Socialism, Anarchism and Syndicalism, Bertrand Russell

Remaking Society: Pathways to a Green Future, Murray Bookchin

Anarcho-Syndicalism, Rudolf Rocker

Workers’ Councils: And The Economics of Self-Managed Society, Cornelius Castoriadis

For Workers’ Power: The Selected Writings of Maurice Brinton

On Anarchism, Noam Chomsky

Government in the Future, Noam Chomsky

A “Green New Deal”?, Tom Wetzel

As We Have Always Done, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

The Care Manifesto: The Politics of Interdependence, The Care Collective


Radical Theory

Art by Jessica Perlstein


Art by Heather Collier
Art by Heather Collier


Art by Behance
Art by Behance


Art by Beth Walrond


Art by Elise Vandeplancke
Image: RealUtopia.org
Image: RealUtopia.org

Getting Organized

Understanding Strategy

Art by Jessica Kamman

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Getting Involved

Real Utopia is an international network of activists and concerned citizens that can be described as a “think and do” tank. It is an online library of resources, a laboratory for experimentation, and a community of people committed to participatory organizing and advocacy.

RU welcomes anyone who wants to learn about and advance participatory theory, vision, & strategy, and aims to “plant the seeds of the future in the present” by organizing now according to the theory and practices that it advocates for a better future.

RU Introduction
What is RU? Podcast
RU Monthly Newsletter

The Greek Internationalist Art & Research Centre for Post Capitalist Studies, called Mέta, works to break with a dystopian present to imagine the world anew.

“We are already in the early stages of an era that can only be described by that which it succeeds: we live in postcapitalist times. They may turn out dystopic, utopic or anything in between. Through art and research, argument and poetry, mέta works to break with a dystopic present to imagine the world anew – to grasp our present historical moment so as to help radical progressive movements find a path from the emergent dismal postcapitalism to one worth fighting, and living, for.”

A Participatory Economy is a model for a democratic, fair and green economic system developed as an alternative to capitalism.

ParticipatoryEconomy.org provides information, resources, and a discussion forum on how a modern economy of millions of people can be organised around cooperation and solidarity instead of competition and greed. 


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