Introduction: drawing the future into the present

Stephen Kemmis, Kristin Elaine Reimer, Kathleen Mahon

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This chapter introduces Volume Two of a two-volume series based on the double purpose of education: to help people to live well, and to help create worlds worth living in. Like Volume One, this volume presents stories that have emerged within a ‘listening project’, an international empirical project aimed at understanding different perspectives from various parts of the world, from children to adults, from across diverse communities, on what it means to live well in a world worth living well for all. The project especially pays attention to perspectives that are often marginalised, silenced, or somehow lost in the busyness and noisyness, power struggles, and preoccupations of our contemporary world. The chapter provides background information about the project and a glimpse of what the stories in the contributions in this volume reveal. It also highlights some of the important ways in which the experiences and perspectives shared in the contributions reflect a strong sense of agency, urgency, and hope, both in the face of personal, local, and/or global challenges and in people’s everyday efforts to actually create the futures they imagine.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiving Well in a World Worth Living in for All
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 2: Enacting Praxis for a Just and Sustainable Future
EditorsKristin Elaine Reimer, Mervi Kaukko, Sally Windsor, Stephen Kemmis, Kathleen Mahon
Place of PublicationSingapore Singapore
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9789819718481
ISBN (Print)9789819718474
Publication statusPublished - 2024


  • Double purpose of education
  • Living well
  • Worlds worth living in
  • Logic of hope
  • Agency
  • Praxis

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