Yes, Art and Culture Can Change the World

Our best tool for social change is creativity.

This spring, we’re celebrating innovators who are tackling pressing global issues. We call them the GOOD 100. In the spirit of solidarity, we’re also rolling out insights and personal stories from a select list of influential global citizens working in alliance with the world at large. We’ll be highlighting GOOD Citizens once a week.

Last year, at a holiday party in Albuquerque, I struck up a conversation with a Vietnam veteran named Soule. Soule was relatively new to the city, returning to civilization after spending three decades of near-solitude in a remote Alaskan town, where he could process his experiences of war.

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The Emissaries From the Future Have Landed and They Want Your Imagination

Imagination is a muscle- and it’s one that democracy urgently needs to exercise.

Imagination is our birthright: everyone owns this power and everything created must first be imagined. Yet, too often, we’re persuaded to believe our voices don’t count or that the future is determined by a powerful few. In these times, exercising social imagination—the capacity to envision alternatives to what is—is a radical and necessary act, shifting dominant narratives and affirming that all of us make the future.

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