“Hospicing the old world”: An in-depth conversation with the authors of Sacred Civics

Two editors and a co-author of Sacred Civics sit down with Future of Good publisher and CEO Vinod Rajasekaran

Why It Matters

Cities are facing a reckoning post-pandemic — the ways they are designed have pushed communities further into the margins than ever before. These authors argue it’s imperative to put humanity, spirituality, and a connection to nature back at the centre of urban design.

You’ve heard about smart cities. What about sacred cities?

The authors of Sacred Civics: Building Seven Generation Cities believe this concept could be the path to more livable, humane, and sustainable cities. According to its synopsis, the book “argues that societal transformation requires that spirituality and sacred values are essential to reimagining patterns of how we live, organize and govern ourselves, determine and distribute wealth, inhabit and design cities, and construct relationships with others and with nature.” 

Future of Good founder and publisher, Vinod Rajasekaran, sat down with two of the book’s editors, Jayne Engle and Tanya Chung-Tiam-Fook, and one of its co-authors, Aarathi Krishnan, to learn more about what the ‘sacred’ in sacred civics means, and how changemakers might use this concept to shift narratives in their own work.


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