213 – Sydney Deputy Lord Mayor Jess Scully

Jess Scully is the Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney as part of “Team Clover”. This year she released her debut book Glimpses of Utopia: Real Ideas for a Fairer World, which draws on her own experience and actual examples from all over the world on how people are doing politics, democracy, work and environmental action differently.

Jess is a delightful, passionate and optimistic person who inspired me to shake out of my current cynical, black pill-ed view of the world (as Jess says, under neoliberalism, “We have internalised the impossibility of change”). We discussed why it’s worth thinking about utopia and how we can get there, citizens’ juries, workers’ co-ops, the financialised economy and how the alternative ways of organising society are already playing out in the world right now.

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Glimpses Of Utopia: Real ideas for a Fairer World by Jess Scully is out now through Pantera Press

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