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Practical Utopias:

An Exploration of the Possible

Application deadline is Jan 31, 2022.
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Play a part in designing a better future.

We've heard about problems. How about solutions?

Don’t miss your chance to collectively design the possible with Margaret Atwood, special guests, and a global community in this virtual live learning experience.

Utopias are often thought of as unreal. Let's come together to co-create better living plans, ones that could actually work.

As the world grapples with the climate crisis, the pandemic, technological revolution, and social injustice and inequality, the co-creation of a desirable future relies upon creative and collaborative minds, like yours.

Join the legendary Margaret Atwood, an all-star lineup of special guests, and a global community live online for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collectively design the possible.

Collaborate within the world's most creative virtual classroom to tackle big questions and unlock practical solutions to some of humanity's greatest challenges.

Practical Utopias: An Exploration of the Possible
Start Date
February 22, 2022
Course Length
8 weeks
Format
Live, collaborative, virtual course
Application deadline is Jan 31, 2022.
Scholarships are available.
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Attention! We're seeking the world’s most creative thinkers and problem solvers to co-design the future.

Are you up for the challenge?

Application deadline is Jan 31, 2022. Scholarships are available.
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This live learning experience is for:

Visionaries 
& Change Makers

You see the world as it could be, not as it is, and you take action to make that happen. You champion the causes that need to be grappled with; you are a thinker, an entrepreneur, an NGO leader, an ESG advocate, a leader, and a learner. You are any age, any gender, and living anywhere.

Specialists & Trailblazers

You're a leader in your field, and have exceptional expertise. You're ready to apply that skillset in a whole new arena. You might be a scientist, a materials engineer, a technologist, a food expert, a clothing designer, an architect.

Artists, Creatives
 &
Designers

Artists, creatives, designers, and change-makers who love designing the future and creating materials, art, experiences and solutions that can make this world better.

Join the world's most interesting and forward-thinking LIVE virtual classroom.


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Called the “Prophet of Dystopia,” Margaret Atwood is one of the most creative minds of our generation.

Margaret’s work has been published in more than fifty countries. She is the award-winning author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. Her latest novel, The Testaments, is the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, now an award-winning television series. She is also the inventor of the Long Pen, now Syngraffi, a virtual signing technology.

Margaret's latest book of essays, Burning Questions, is slated for release in March, 2022.

This is your chance to learn live online with Margaret Atwood and special guests.
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Featuring special guests, including...

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Dr. David Suzuki

Award-Winning Scientist, Author

Award-winning geneticist and broadcaster David Suzuki co-founded the David Suzuki Foundation in 1990. He has 29 honorary degrees from universities in Canada, the US and Australia.

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Suzanne Nossel

CEO, Pen America, Author

Suzanne Nossel currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of PEN America, the leading human rights and free expression organization, and she is author of Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All

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Yasmeen Hassan

Global Executive Director, Equality Now

Yasmeen Hassan has spent her career eradicating gender discrimination in the law and advocating for the rights of women and girls. Driven by her experiences as a girl growing up in Pakistan, Yasmeen Hassan has become a leading legal voice in the global women’s rights movement.

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Bill McKibben

Co-Founder, 350.org, Author, Educator, Environmentalist

Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist, and activist.  In 1988 he wrote The End of Nature, the first book for a common audience about global warming.  He is a co-founder and Senior Advisor at 350.org, an international climate campaign that works in 188 countries around the world.

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Julie Hanna

Executive Board Chair at Kiva, Venture Partner at Obvious Ventures, Senior Advisor at X

“This is the land of my boyhood.  The land of my people. And the land of my children.  It’s a critical place in the whole Mara Serengeti ecosystem. And it was about to be lost forever.  Our community rose up to save this place and become its stewards for the generations to come."

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Nelson Ole Reiyia

Cofounder, Nashulai Maasai Conservancy

“This is the land of my boyhood.  The land of my people. And the land of my children.  It’s a critical place in the whole Mara Serengeti ecosystem. And it was about to be lost forever.  Our community rose up to save this place and become its stewards for the generations to come."

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Margaret Koshal Reiyia

Nashulai Director of Family, Gender & Education, Nashulai Maasai Conservancy

“I was lucky to have a father who believed in education and the capacity and dignity of the girl child and all women. This has been my life’s work. Children need education and equality to thrive. It is a guiding principle for Nashulai.

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Raj Patel

Author, filmmaker, and academic

“This is the land of my boyhood.  The land of my people. And the land of my children.  It’s a critical place in the whole Mara Serengeti ecosystem. And it was about to be lost forever.  Our community rose up to save this place and become its stewards for the generations to come."

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Rev. Adam Russell Taylor

President of Sojourners and author

“This is the land of my boyhood.  The land of my people. And the land of my children.  It’s a critical place in the whole Mara Serengeti ecosystem. And it was about to be lost forever.  Our community rose up to save this place and become its stewards for the generations to come."

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Senator Yvonne Boyer

Member, Senate of Canada and member of the Métis Nation of Ontario

“This is the land of my boyhood.  The land of my people. And the land of my children.  It’s a critical place in the whole Mara Serengeti ecosystem. And it was about to be lost forever.  Our community rose up to save this place and become its stewards for the generations to come."

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Sam White

Founder, Shakespeare in Detroit

“This is the land of my boyhood.  The land of my people. And the land of my children.  It’s a critical place in the whole Mara Serengeti ecosystem. And it was about to be lost forever.  Our community rose up to save this place and become its stewards for the generations to come."

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Dave Eggers

Author, editor, publisher 

“This is the land of my boyhood.  The land of my people. And the land of my children.  It’s a critical place in the whole Mara Serengeti ecosystem. And it was about to be lost forever.  Our community rose up to save this place and become its stewards for the generations to come."

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Nicole Rycroft

Founder and Executive Director, Canopy

“This is the land of my boyhood.  The land of my people. And the land of my children.  It’s a critical place in the whole Mara Serengeti ecosystem. And it was about to be lost forever.  Our community rose up to save this place and become its stewards for the generations to come."

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More special guests being announced soon!

“This is the land of my boyhood.  The land of my people. And the land of my children.  It’s a critical place in the whole Mara Serengeti ecosystem. And it was about to be lost forever.  Our community rose up to save this place and become its stewards for the generations to come."

Don't miss your chance to be part of a global community exploring the most pressing challenges of our time.


Spots are limited.
Scholarships are available.

Application deadline is Jan 31, 2022.

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How does this virtual, live, collaborative learning experience work?

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Explore

Engage in a series of collaborative and guided explorations into what is possible around food, fashion, politics, technology, medicine, community, education, traditional knowledge, and the role of women and children.

Co-create

You’ll join a small group of global participants led by an expert facilitator and be invited to generate and propose concepts for your practical utopia.

Showcase

In the final weeks, a visual artist will join your team to illustrate your shared vision. Together, you will present your co-created practical utopia to Margaret and a panel of special guest evaluators for feedback.

Your collaborative vision will become an NFT auctioned for charity.

You’ll walk away from this unique 8-week live learning experience having contributed to a global conversation of the possible and co-created an anthology of practical utopia designs, with an NFT to prove it!

How It Works

1

Explore the possible in weekly live sessions with Margaret Atwood and special guests.

2

Co-design your practical utopia with your cohort in weekly facilitated live sessions.

3

Bring your co-designed solutions to life with the support of a visual artist.

4

Share your co-created utopia with Margaret and special guest evaluators during showcase days.

5

Contribute to solving complex climate problems and other intractable challenges through the work we do together.

8 Weeks

Start: February 15, 2022
End: April 7, 2022

Start Date:

February 22, 2022

End Date:

April 14, 2022

7 interactive live virtual sessions with Margaret Atwood and special guests

Tuesdays at 12 pm ET in addition to one session in the last week of the course on Thursday at 12 pm ET

10 facilitated live virtual sessions in small teams to co-design utopias

Thursdays at 6 pm cohort time zone with additional sessions on Mondays at 6 pm cohort time zone for the last 3 weeks of the course

Weekly Overview

And participants from around the globe...



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Scholarships are available.


Two ways to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience:

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Application deadline: Jan 31, 2022
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Enrolment as 1 of only 200 participants with full access to an 8-week, interactive, virtual live learning experience

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Full access to the 7 live learning sessions with Margaret and special guests, including participation in Q&As

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Assignment to a small team supported by a facilitator and visual artist to co-create a practical utopia

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Participation in 10 virtual, live, facilitated collaboration sessions with your small team

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Opportunity to present your team’s co-created utopia concept to Margaret and a panel of special guest evaluators

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Access to all virtual virtual course materials and workbooks

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Access to a global learning community of creatives, innovators, and changemakers

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Access to all recordings from Margaret’s live sessions with special guests

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Stream 7 live sessions with Margaret and special guests and participate via moderated chat

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Access to all virtual course materials

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No assignment to a small team to co-create a practical utopia

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No participation in the small working group sessions or voting process

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No opportunity to present your concept for utopia to Margaret and a panel of special guest evaluators

Apply for a Scholarship
We are serious about building a diverse and inclusive learning community driven by principles of equity. That is why we are awarding full and partial scholarships for as many participants as we can. To apply for financial support, please complete the following application:
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We are grateful to our generous partners for making the scholarship program possible.
To inquire about how you can get involved, contact us at hello@disco.co

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Our Community partners are integral to igniting discovery, expanding reach, and enriching our global learning community. We appreciate our in-kind partners for their collaboration in sharing this opportunity worldwide.

To inquire about how you can join as a Community Partner, contact us at hello@disco.co

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