Fiction can sometimes lead to reality

Sometimes utopian fictions come true — like when neighbors of an Amsterdam squat, briefly misled that the squat was officially recognized, then helped to save it.

But even when they don't have immediate results, utopian fictions can highlight our self-imposed limits and help to get rid of them. Beautiful Trouble calls them "prefigurative interventions."

Instances in which we learned this lesson

Coming soon, a timeline of the Yes Men's most mammoth project, a collaboration with the Anti-Advertising Agency and many other groups and individuals…
This one's pretty self-explanatory. Watch the video and you'll get it... or read the press release for more details. What might not be quite as…
An Amsterdam neighborhood thrills that the City is making their local squat official—and then helps to save it from eviction, for real. Sometimes…
Shortly after launching a battalion of Survivaballs to draw attention to the climate crisis in advance of the COP15 (that we had some fun at as well…
Together with our brand-new police escort, we all headed towards the Wall Street Bull a few minutes south. When we got there, the protest changed…