This is a zine for dreamers of other possible worlds, other possible futures for our planet, society, business, church, or whatever other area of life you care to choose. Each contributor was invited to imagine a different future and then ask ‘so what’ for how we act in the present now. The first task is to imagine the future and then the second task is to act in the present on the basis of that imagined future, to make the future present, to embody a better world now. The reflections in this zine are quite macro - planet, church, city. But it actually gets just as interesting when drilled down to something very focused and local - a village school, a business, sharing work and parenting in a marriage, what to do about the 8 churches in a deanery, 6 families stressed out on work and paying the bills exploring how they might live differently together.
Future present is a play on a tense. It says something will have happened. The future is present. Life gets so busy and focused on the immediate that it’s much easier to live and act in the past continuous tense unable to change or shift out of old ways of doing, thinking, being. It does take some kind of intervention, space and intentionality to have a different kind of conversation.
This zine has come about as a result of a conversations day with pioneers that we held on this theme at the pioneer training at CMS. Having previously published books off the back of days it felt as though something which could incorporate visual ideas and colour would suit the material much better. So a self published zine is what we have landed on. And it is looking cool so far - we're pretty excited about it!
All the writers contributions, the photography and graphics and the design and layout is being donated so cost is being kept to a minimum. The target on kickstarter if reached will cover the costs of the print run. Any profit thereafter will go back into further creative publishing projects, perhaps a second issue even.
Risks and challenges
We're confident we will deliver because the design is done, all the contributions have been compiled and edited. It just remains to finish off and then get printed. So the risks are very small.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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