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Protopia: encouraging change rather than enforcing it

What, then, should replace the idea of utopia? One answer can be found in another neologism—protopia—incremental progress in steps toward improvement, not perfection. As the futurist Kevin Kelly describes his coinage:

Protopia is a state that is better today than yesterday, although it might be only a little better. Protopia is much much harder to visualise. Because a protopia contains as many new problems as new benefits, this complex interaction of working and broken is very hard to predict.

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