"A map of the world that 

does not include 

utopia is not worth 

even glancing at."

(Oscar Wilde: The Soul of Man Under Socialism) 

Welcome to the Teams page.

Real Utopia teams maintain the vital functions of our network. If you are already a network member, you might consider joining any of our self-managed teams listed below. If a team interests you, please fill the form at the bottom of this page. If you have any questions about the teams, please contact us.
 

Meet the Site Team

We manage, update and work to improve the RealUtopia.org website. 

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Mark Evans

I have been involved in progressive politics since the 1990s and an advocate of participatory theory, vision and strategy since around 2005. Whilst I identify with the left-libertarian tradition I find much of what the left thinks and does problematic. I see Real Utopia as an opportunity to create an organisation that can address those problems and move us towards a truly just society. 

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Bridget Meehan

My interest in Left politics started in my late teens and I have been involved in activism of one kind or another since then.  At times it seems that the Left is very disjointed which means we are not as effective as we need to be.  One way we can address this failing is to unite behind a common vision and strategy.  I believe a participatory society can provide us with that united vision and strategy, and Real Utopia has a role to play in making that happen. 

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Eugene Nulman

I became politically active in a range of movements since 2004 and quickly saw the importance of the idea of complementary holism in building a movement across issues of class, race, gender, etc... In addition, the need for vision and strategy is often missing from our movements. Real Utopia is attempting to highlight these shortfalls and build a better left.

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Cooper Sperling

My interest, involvement, and commitment to Left politics continues to grow deeper each day.  Exploring the wide reaching structures of power makes it clear that strategy and vision are absolute necessities for transforming all realms of society.  I think participatory theory and Real Utopia can play an instrumental role in the process for revolutionary change.  

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Emily Jones

Emily brings experience in human rights, non-profits, technology, environmental engineering and media. Gaps in social justice within each of those industries can be related to legislation and the political will of elected officials. Emotionally, she carries the guilt of being a human rights dilettante, and understands that organizing the disenfranchised majority wins social justice battles everywhere- until we can all afford to buy lobbyists!

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Richard Schuitema

I'm a web developer from Scotland. After seeing the past few decades of regular financial crises, foreign wars and environmental destruction, like many I’ve realized that our current economic and political systems have to go, and therefore been forced to ask; what’s the alternative?

The theory, vision and strategy I have found within the Participatory movement has answered that question for me in a much more comprehensive way than anything I've found elsewhere.

Meet the Membership Team

We welcome people to the Real Utopia network by conducting personalised orientation sessions, getting to know new members, and helping them become active in the network. We are also the internal sounding board for membership feedback.

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Matic Primc

I currently work in promoting participatory processes in local self-governance, focusing on participatory budgeting. I also work as a consultant for cooperatives in the area of improving in group organization.

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Alexandria Shaner

Sailor, writer, & organizer from Sint Maarten and the USA - currently living aboard a sailboat based in Carriacou. 
Environmental and education activist, Parsoc enthusiast.

Meet the Outreach and Events Team

We engage those within and outside participatory society communities through a wide variety of public engagement and education efforts.

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Cooper Sperling

My interest, involvement, and commitment to Left politics continues to grow deeper each day.  Exploring the wide reaching structures of power makes it clear that strategy and vision are absolute necessities for transforming all realms of society.  I think participatory theory and Real Utopia can play an instrumental role in the process for revolutionary change.  

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Fintan Bradshaw

Extremely handsome, very very funny and, to top it all, incredibly intelligent. 

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Mark Evans

I have been involved in progressive politics since the 1990s and an advocate of participatory theory, vision and strategy since around 2005. Whilst I identify with the left-libertarian tradition I find much of what the left thinks and does problematic. I see Real Utopia as an opportunity to create an organisation that can address those problems and move us towards a truly just society. 

Meet the Education and Skills Team

We focus on internal education for the purpose of strengthening our member’s understanding and confidence about material that is integral to Real Utopia as an organisation."

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Cooper Sperling

My interest, involvement, and commitment to Left politics continues to grow deeper each day.  Exploring the wide reaching structures of power makes it clear that strategy and vision are absolute necessities for transforming all realms of society.  I think participatory theory and Real Utopia can play an instrumental role in the process for revolutionary change.  

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Urska Breznik

Active in a municipalist assemblist movement struggling for direct democracy. Active in a collective that organizes workers using co-research method in the field of retail and care. Employed at NGO that works in educating through critical literacy.

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Eugene Nulman

I became politically active in a range of movements since 2004 and quickly saw the importance of the idea of complementary holism in building a movement across issues of class, race, gender, etc... In addition, the need for vision and strategy is often missing from our movements. Real Utopia is attempting to highlight these shortfalls and build a better left.

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Peter Bohmer

Activist for racial, economic and global justice since the 1960’s. Advocate for participatory socialism. I teach economics and political economy at The Evergreen Stare College, member of Economics for Everyone.

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Travis Froberg

I live in Metro Detroit in the U.S. and have been involved with leftist politics since about 2018 -- when I joined the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). I believe parecon, and participatory society more generally, is a robust and concrete alternative to capitalism worth fighting for. An activity I really enjoy is writing for social change, usually in the form of news articles and topical songs.

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Emily Jones

Emily brings experience in human rights, non-profits, technology, environmental engineering and media. Gaps in social justice within each of those industries can be related to legislation and the political will of elected officials. Emotionally, she carries the guilt of being a human rights dilettante, and understands that organizing the disenfranchised majority wins social justice battles everywhere- until we can all afford to buy lobbyists!

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Mission Statement: 

  • To raise awareness of Participatory Theory, Vision and Strategy as a new and effective way of thinking about and organising for radical-progressive social transformation. 

  • To lay the foundations for a participatory society through the establishment of an international network of activists committed to advocating and organising for a participatory society. 

  • To raise money to fund events, research, media projects and grassroots organising and activities.