We are running out of ideas in Western society. Faced with global warming, Third World devastation, nuclear proliferation and the threat posed by religious conflict, we need new ways of thinking. After the loss and carnage of the Twentieth Century there is prevailing mood of uncertainty and paranoia, yet at the same time a denial of tragedy, a salvation fantasy, an illusion that we will be saved. The decline in social solidarity, the fragmentation of communal values and a growing sense of 'I' as opposed to 'we', are all signs of an inversion of moral certitudes, a disconnection from reality. This book asks what methods do we have at our disposal to understand and reverse this breakdown of communication within and between communities.
John Clare and Ali Zarbafi are psychotherapists working in Wales and London. They have worked together since 1998 in various dreaming matrixes in England, France and Wales, and are currently working with social dreams in the community of Hay-on-Wye.
1 - Social dreaming and the self2 - The night train of social dreaming3 - Dreaming after 9/114 - Sweet honey in the rock5 - The end of the dance: dreams at a literary festival6 - We are all slaves to babble-land7 - Dreaming in the inner city: counselling with adolescents8 - Too late! Dreaming in the Haute Languedoc9 - Conclusion