Reimagining Our Social Architecture

A presentation at Builders Collective in in Vancouver, BC, Canada by Stephen Bau

Our social, economic, and political environments are based on designs that are at least one hundred years old. Our social architecture was designed on obsolete ideas about religious fundamentalism, aristocratic feudalism, colonial enslavement, and economic exploitation. The world is working exactly as it was designed.

Governments exist to maintain the status quo. The media broadcast the problems of the world using an advertising business model designed to increase spending and economic growth. Corporations are monetizing media and technology innovation by enabling authoritarian hierarchies to build a surveillance economy to exploit humans as resources for extracting labour and monetary assets.

People are asking for transformational social, economic, and political change.

How might we empower people to engage in a process to imagine, design, and build the future together? How might we reimagine our social architecture?


The following resources were mentioned during the presentation or are useful additional information.

  • Builders Collective

    A gathering of people who are investing their collective time, energy and resources in the challenge of reimagining our social architecture.


The following code examples from the presentation can be tried out live.

  • Builders Collective - Docs

    Exploring how we can imagine, design, and build the future together. We are documenting the work of a creative collaborative community with a focus on reimagining, redesigning, and rebuilding our social architecture.

  • Documentation Site on GitHub

    This repository is for a site to document the process of imagining, designing, and building the elements, components, tools, and systems that we are using to help build a community. We welcome anyone who is interested in the vision or who would like to engage in the process to build this community to please get involved.