As the uncertainty of global and local contexts continues to amplify, the Routledge Handbook for Creative Futures responds to the increasing urgency for reimagining futures beyond dystopias and utopias. It features essays that explore the challenges of how to think about compelling futures, what these better futures might be like, and what personal and collective practices are emerging that support the creation of more desirable futures.

The handbook aims to find a sweet spot somewhere between despair and naïve optimism, neither shying away from the massive socio-environmental planetary challenges currently facing humanity nor offering simplistic feel-good solutions. Instead, it offers ways forward—whether entirely new perspectives or Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge perspectives that have been marginalized within modernity—and shares potential transformative practices. The volume contains contributions from established and emerging scholars, practitioners, and scholar-practitioners with diverse backgrounds and experiences: a mix of Indigenous, Black, Asian, and White/Caucasian contributors, including women, men, and trans people from around the world, in places such as Kenya, India, US, Canada, and Switzerland, among many others. Chapters explore critical concepts alongside personal and collective practices for creating desirable futures at the individual, community, organizational, and societal levels.

This scholarly and accessible book will be a valuable resource for researchers and students of leadership studies, social innovation, community and organizational development, policy studies, futures studies, cultural studies, sociology, and management studies. It will also appeal to educators, practitioners, professionals, and policymakers oriented toward activating creative potential for life-affirming futures for all.

chapter |6 pages

Introduction to the Handbook for Creative Futures

ByGabrielle Donnelly, Alfonso Montuori

part Part I|54 pages

Context for creative futures

chapter 81|10 pages

Why Creative Futures?

ByAlfonso Montuori, Gabrielle Donnelly

chapter 2|10 pages

Postnormal Imagination with Ziauddin Sardar

ByGabrielle Donnelly, Alfonso Montuori

chapter 3|9 pages

Humanity's Great Creativity Reset

Designing worlds beyond the grand global futures challenges
ByJennifer M. Gidley

chapter 4|6 pages

The Systems View of Life

A science for sustainable living
ByFritjof Capra

chapter 5|8 pages

An Optimistic Future of Consciousness

ByAllan Leslie Combs

chapter 6|9 pages

Social Construction and the Forming of Futures

ByCeliane Camargo-Borges, Kenneth J. Gergen

part Part II|80 pages

New orientations and reframings for creative futures

chapter 627|11 pages

Making Sanctuary with Báyò Akómoláfé

ByGabrielle Donnelly

chapter 8|7 pages

Creating the Future

Five principles of realistic hope 1
ByAngela Wilkinson, Betty Sue Flowers

chapter 9|6 pages

Post-Oppositional Tactics for Transformation

ByAnaLouise Keating

chapter 10|8 pages

Societies of the Possible

ByVlad P. Glăveanu

chapter 11|6 pages

Inhabiting Brilliance

Wrestling the gifts of narcissism
ByJeanine M. Canty

chapter 12|9 pages

The Wisdom of Holding our Old Stories in New Ways

Intentionally evolving ourselves toward a more inclusive and creative future
ByJennifer Garvey Berger, Zafer Achi

chapter 13|11 pages

Postnormal Creativity

ByLiam Mayo

chapter 14|8 pages

Queer Convivial Futures

BySacha Kagan

chapter 15|12 pages

Accessing the Future through Imagination

ByAnthony Hodgson

part Part III|50 pages

Reckoning with the past and present for creative futures

chapter 14216|8 pages

Gesturing Toward Decolonial Future with Vanessa Andreotti

ByGabrielle Donnelly

chapter 17|10 pages

Healing Historical Traumas

Empathic dialogue in creation of better futures
ByNermin Soyalp

chapter 18|12 pages

Creative Futures Begin with Reckoning with an Unjust Past

BySarah van Gelder

chapter 19|12 pages

Entangled Landscapes

Healing as a path to sustaining food futures
BySarah Pittoello, Chaiti Seth

chapter 20|6 pages

“Reinventing” the Past to Imagine Better Futures

ByConstance de Saint Laurent

part Part IV|108 pages

Frameworks, approaches, and applications for creative futures

chapter 19221|9 pages

Creating Equitable Societies: Four Cornerstones

ByRiane Eisler

chapter 22|10 pages

Setting Course for an Ecological Civilization

ByJeremy Lent

chapter 23|10 pages

Beyond and through Covid-19

Possible pivots to different futures
BySohail Inayatullah

chapter 24|7 pages

Universal Basic Income for Creative Futures

ByGiuseppe Allegri, Renato Foschi

chapter 25|10 pages

Transformation Catalysts, Narrative, and Art

Shaping new potential for system transformation
BySandra Waddock

chapter 26|10 pages

A Transdisciplinary Analysis of Creativity within Fridays for Future School Strikes

Or “Pay No Attention to That Man Behind the Curtain”
ByNwakerendu Waboso, Sarah Davis, Richard C. Mitchell

chapter 27|10 pages

Recasting the Future with Amazon Workers

ByMax Haiven, Graeme Webb, Xenia Benivolski

chapter 28|10 pages

Creative Futures Conspiracies

A matrix and some maxims for radical social re-imagination
ByAnthony Weston

chapter 29|11 pages

The Future of the Past

Memory and social change following the COVID-19 pandemic
ByBrady Wagoner, Lisa Herbig

chapter 30|10 pages

Imagineering ‘Mission-Oriented Branding’

When shifting from fragmentation to integration seems mission impossible
ByDiane Nijs, Johan Leyssen

chapter 31|9 pages

Sourced from Love

Pathways toward cultural healing
ByAnneke Campbell, Nina Simons

part Part V|55 pages

Personal, relational and collaborative practices for creative futures

chapter 30032|6 pages

Creating Compelling Futures with Autumn Brown and Adrienne Maree Brown

ByGabrielle Donnelly

chapter 33|10 pages

Taking a Radical Stance for Complex Joy in the Work of Shaping Change

ByTuesday Ryan-Hart, Gabrielle Donnelly

chapter 35|11 pages

Awareness-Based Collective Creativity

A studio-based practice for future-making
ByArawana Hayashi, Ricardo Dutra Gonçalves

chapter 36|7 pages

Psychological Futures

Antifragility and the imperative of interdependence
ByDana Klisanin

chapter 37|11 pages

A World with Space for all to Be

Generative mindfulness, awareness-based action research, and inclusion
ByKathryn Goldman Schuyler, Lemuel W. Watson, Patricia A. Wilson