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Our public conversation has become highly dysfunctional. More and more people are afraid to speak out publicly on certain issues because they don't have the 'right' opinion. 

The shutdown of pluralistic conversation stifles the creativity needed to tackle our most pressing and deep-rooted social and environmental problems.

Our mission is to sow the seeds of a new conversation to rebuild our sensemaking mechanisms. We bring together open-minded people who are willing to engage in deep and challenging conversations about the causes of our cultural crisis, and how we can use the crisis creatively to plant the seeds of genuine human flourishing.

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About us

Protopia Lab is an independent think tank and social innovation lab, based in Barcelona, that fosters a new pluralistic and non-dogmatic conversation to rebuild our sensemaking mechanisms.

The Western world is experiencing an increasingly totalitarian atmosphere, where people feel they cannot speak the truth about reality for fear of the consequences. We believe that in order to have a chance of a self-determined and peaceful future, we need to break out of the current impasse and have honest and pluralistic discussions about the causes of our cultural crisis and how we can creatively use this crisis to take steps towards true human flourishing.


“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum—even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.”

Noam Chomsky

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