1. What is a utopia?
It can mean loads of things to different people, but it generally means an ideal world.
So: what does an amazing place/society/state of being, where things are as perfectly balanced as possible look like to you?
2. Utopian ideas are positive ideas.
Your utopian idea should let us know what your vision is.
Instead of: “I don’t want this”, how about, “this is what I want.”
For example, if your idea is, “I want better mental health services in Ireland,” try to imagine what that looks like.
Maybe you might end up thinking: “People with mental and emotional challenges should be well-supported in their communities, and mental health should be taken as seriously as physical health.”
For example, if your idea is, “I’m sick of the rat race, I want something different,” try to imagine what that looks like.
Maybe you might end up thinking: “I want a society where people have the energy and time to enjoy their day to the fullest and work days are a maximum of three hours a day, four days a week.”
For example, if your idea is, “I wish everything would be free!”, try to imagine what that looks like.
Maybe you might end up thinking: “In my utopia we have system of money that decreases in value over time instead of increasing in value, so that everyone is encouraged to spend and support the local economy and saving and interest are more in the background.”
For example, if your idea is, “We need to stop driving everywhere,” try to imagine what that looks like.
Maybe you might end up thinking: “I want a pollution-free transport system that is pleasurable and connects rural communities.”
(And yes, if you want flying cars in your utopia, let us know!)
3. Don’t be afraid to think big!
So many of us have been taught to be completely practical all our lives. We end up asking “would this work?” before we even ask, “what do I want?” This is a chance to tell us what you would really like and want without worrying about getting bogged down in practicalities.
Just because the answers above are about social change, don’t feel you have to answer that way. Maybe your answer is about beauty. Maybe it’s something like, “I want fields of yellow flowers in every county,” or “I want buildings to be built with ancient Irish sacred sites in mind for their design,” or “I want radio playlists to reflect more experimental music.”
If you want spiritual education, free food, money directed to space travel, yoga retreat centers, or underwater cities, just go for it. Your answers can be fun and ”impossible,” all we ask is that your answers be sincere.
4. Don’t be afraid to think small, either.
Don’t think “my idea is irrelevant”. Smaller ideas are great too! In fact, they often contribute to broader positive change, especially when they are examples of utopian visions in action.
5. Don’t worry about “getting it right”
Your own process of imagining should be fun and interesting to you. Don’t stress about coming up with the perfect idea.