Imagining Alternatives with Feasts for the Future

Photograph courtesy of Regen

Feasts for the Future is part of an AHRC funded project exploring the imagination of alternative presents and better futures.

Achieving a better future society can often seem impossible, a hopeless dream. But what elements of that future are already around us and just waiting to be brought forward, seized and shared? 

Feasts for the Future explores how communal meals might act as one way of bringing elements of a ‘utopian’ future into our shared present. This website will record how a collection of communities in Devon, England, go about holding a series of ‘Feasts’ which will also have, at their heart, the collective imagining of a better future. It will also provide a collection of resources which might inspire or support anyone who is intrigued by the idea of turning an everyday meal into a utopian event, or ‘feast for the future’.

Project lead: Dr David Sergeant

Research Assistant: Anastasia Somerville-Wong

Feasts for the Future

Devon, England

In 2018 a group of communities with an interest in transforming how we buy, use and generate energy are coming together to hold a series of ‘utopian feasts’. These communal meals will act as a medium in which ideas of a better future, and how it might be achieved, can be explored and tested, shared and supported, initiated and evolved. 

Discover more about Devon feasts

Make an everyday meal a ‘Feast for the Future’ 

Talk – think – eat – laugh – drink …Turning an everyday meal into a ‘Feast for the Future’ can be as simple as deciding to do it and then just working it out as you go, and seeing where you end up. But for those who are interested, over the next few months we’re going to be gathering a collection of short pieces, written by people with a wide variety of expertise, that might intersect with and inspire anyone who fancies giving their daily bread a utopian twist. 

Discover how you can make a Feast for the Future 


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