Cosmopolis 2045

Cosmopolis 2045

The Cosmopolis 2045 Project is a multi-year project envisioned by the Board of the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution and supported by the CMM Institute, the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society at Villanova University, Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, and Columbia University.

The goal of this project is to create and maintain a virtual depiction of a social community set in the future (circa 2045) in which residents and leaders of the community have adopted a communication-centric view of how their own and other social worlds function. Inspired by the communication perspective and a variety of tools associated with the theory known as the Coordinated Management of Meaning (or CMM), the depiction of the Cosmopolis community will illustrate how everyday communication some 30 years in the future might be managed, given both the technological and educational/social advances that we might reasonably expect will emerge and become second nature to citizens.

The project will assume that the citizens of the future will have to deal with social and moral issues just as serious, if not more serious, than those we face today, but that they will have evolved an understanding of communication that is highly sophisticated and which engenders a more mindful approach to patterns of interaction which remain largely invisible or insoluble to us today. This understanding, which will be projected as second nature to the citizens of Cosmopolis, will be presented as the result of a multi-decade educational campaign that has reached fruition by the fourth decade of the 21st century.

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