Sit down, close your eyes, relax. Now imagine that all the armies in the world have been abolished and the world community has changed its neoliberal ways in favor of a more environmental friendly, sustainable living. The south hemisphere has gone feminist and the Berlusconis and Sarrazins of the world are even considering saving the whales.
Amidst the very serious dicussions that have taken place in the last couple of days, Ute Scheub invited us to an experiment. A haven where instead of tragic events we could discuss the ideals and visions that keep us going even when the news and the leaders tell us nothing but how bad, unequal and tragic by nature the world and the people are. “We are told that utopias and visions are naive, but medicine against the prevalent cynism is everywhere”, she said, before adding that even in the middle of all the crises the world is facing, efforts are still being made and places of resistance and agents of change are found everywhere.
Journalist Andreas Zumach, Scheub herself and Anuradha Chenoy from the Jawahar Lal Nehru University in New Delhi read stories that
made the audience laugh, think and even cry but above all dream and believe, even if it was for a little while, that another world is indeed possible. Then they woke up and got ready to keep fighting for it.
P.S. The stories read today, together with 14 more will be available on the net in english and german tomorrow, when www.visionews.net launches at 13:25 to –you guessed it- conmemorate the 10th anniversary of the UNSCR 1325.