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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:41 pm    Post subject: Utopia : EUtopia, DYStopia, HIStopia, HERtopia, ERtopia ? Reply with quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H745eRC0hEw = [b]The No9 Bus to Utopia, Episode One : Damanhur

THE IDLER : How to Build Your Own Utopia with David Bramwell

This six-part online course examines the history of Utopia and some of the most fascinating utopian experiments of the modern age, from Christiania to Damanhur. It also explores how you can bring utopian thinking into your everyday life. The writer and presenter is David Bramwell, author of The No9 Bus to Utopia, an account of his year long trip round some of the world’s weirdest communities. As well as the videos, you’ll get access to the tutor’s handy notes and to a forum shared with fellow students. So if you’re looking for something beyond the mundane, conventional and obvious, then join David for his fascinating and at times hilarious journey to utopia. ...

What’s this course about?

Each episode of How To Build Your Own Utopia explores the history and philosophy of utopianism by featuring a different alternative community still functioning today. These are situated in different parts of the world. ... The particular focus will be on how we live: whether that’s alone, in communal houses, cities or communes, and what we can learn in each case. ... We will also be attempting to unravel the paradoxical nature of utopian thinking. ... Our course offers tools for making meaningful changes in your own life. And, equally importantly, in other people’s lives. And you won’t need a spare million dollars or twenty acres of land to make your life a little more utopian. ...

Course Outline

Lesson One: Anarchism. David visits Christiania in Copenhagen. 20:49

Lesson Two: Building a Community. David visits Findhorn. 18:35

Lesson Three: Is not getting what you want getting what you want? Reflections on Plato’s Republic followed by a trip to Esalen, the Californian retreat founded by Aldous Huxley. 22:27

Lesson Four: Damanhur. David visits the Italian community who built an underground network of temples in secret. 26.48

Lesson Five: Cities versus intentional communities. Co-housing in Berkeley. 15.56

Lesson Six: Regime change begins at home. How the Zocalo movement helped David change his life. 16:12


Books, podcasts, radio, performing and music are my work and passions. I've made programmes for BBC Radio 3 and 4 and – together with producer Sara-Jane Hall – won a Sony Award for BBC Radio 3's The Haunted Moustache. I often give talks and perform one-man shows on subjects from the trickster to ghost villages; make podcasts for The Canal and River Trust and The Odditorium, have written a number of books – including The No9 Bus to Utopia and The Haunted Moustache – and released six albums with the band Oddfellow's Casino. A friend once described me as 'a one-man cottage industry'. I kind of like that.
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Utopia is a popular subject - this tv series is presently being advertised.


Utopia: In Search of the Dream

Series 1: 2. Build It And They Will Come

Utopia has been imagined in a thousand different ways. Yet when people try to build utopia, they struggle and very often fail. Art historian professor Richard Clay asks whether utopian visions for living can ever reconcile the tension between the group and the individual, the rules and the desire to break free.

Travelling to America, he encounters experimental communities, searching for greater meaning in life. Richard visits a former Shaker village in New Hampshire and immerses himself for a day at the Twin Oaks eco-commune in Virginia, where residents share everything, even clothes. He looks back at the grand urban plans for the masses of the 20th century utopian ideologies, from the New Deal housing projects of downtown Chicago to the concrete sprawl of a Soviet-era housing estate in Vilnius, Lithuania. He also meets utopian architects with a continuing faith that humanity's lot can be improved by better design. Interviewees include architect Norman Foster and designer Shoji Sadao.

Also from The World Service - a series of short programmes about " Mr More's Wondrous Islands "


Utopian inspirations: The Good Place by Rebecca F. John

Utopia: Mr More's Wondrous Islands

It may be 500 years since Thomas More introduced his fictitious island of Utopia and its inhabitants to us but we are still arguing about what he actually meant. Take the word 'utopia' itself: depending on how you spell it in the original Greek it can mean either a 'good place' or 'nowhere'. This ambiguity is explored by the Welsh writer Rebecca F John in her short story The Good Place written specially for BBC World Service. The reader is Bettrys Jones and the series producer Radek Boschetty.

Rebecca F John was born in 1986, and grew up in Pwll, a small village on the South Wales coast. She holds a BA in English with Creative Writing, an MA in Creative Writing, and a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training. Her short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 4Extra. In 2015, her short story The Glove Maker's Numbers was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. She is the winner of the PEN International/New Voices Award 2015. Her first short story collection, Clown's Shoes, is available now through Parthian. Her first novel, The Haunting of Henry Twist, is forthcoming with Serpent's Tail in 2017.




Enlightenment After Dark, Series 1

In Enlightenment After Dark, Allan Little hosts a series of discussions in the spirit of the Scottish Enlightenment, in places associated with historical Enlightenment encounters. In this first programme Allan and guests Rutger Bregman and Mona Siddiqui discuss ideas of Utopia in the Professor's Room of the Botanic Cottage at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.

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