A Future World Vision


A FUTURE WORLD VISION: The Reform of Common Sense in the 21st Century

by Richard Smith [signed copy] – edited by Andy Thomas

274 pages, paperback
Illustrated in black and white
ISBN 978-0-9550608-3-0
Vital Signs Publishing 2015

£11 (UK delivery)
£14 (EU delivery)
£18 (Rest of world)

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The Reform of Common Sense in the 21st Century

by Richard Smith

Edited by Andy Thomas

How did we get to where we are today, and how can we best move forward positively from here? In this perceptive and accessible investigation, Richard Smith puts the shape of recent centuries into context and proposes how a better future could be forged with simple common sense reforms of our democracies, everyday lives, economy, and use of resources and technology.

A Future World Vision also explores the implications of the possible arrival of extra-terrestrials, ‘free energy’ devices and spiritual shifts, and looks at how to fairly deal with global conflicts, population crises and the rise of conspiracy theories, in this timely and insightful guide to 21st century dilemmas.

Richard Smith has been involved in the ophthalmic optics industry for many years and has visited 25% of UN-recognised countries. He was one of the founder members of the Parallel Community project. Richard stood as an independent parliamentary candidate in Cornwall for the 2005 UK General Election.



“I am immediately struck by the unusually practical tone that Richard Smith’s writings exhibit. Here are some of the problems of modern society being identified and put under the microscope, yes, as is necessary to do when directly faced with its many dysfunctions, but here also are some well-thought-out solutions being offered…  Richard’s writings speak plainly with unabashed outrage at some wrongs, but also offer encouragement and insight for those seeking rights.



Foreword by Andy Thomas


1 – At Freedom Crossroads

2 – The Modern History of Freedom

3 – The Inconsistencies of Economics, Religion and Hope

4 – The Urgent Education Challenge

5 – How to alter the Current Poverty of Politics

6 – Is there a Technological Divide?

7 – An Ethical Dilemma

8 – A Consideration of World Population

9 – The Existential Planet

10 – Suggestions for World Governance

11 – What Now and What Future?

12 – The Grandest Lie?

13 – Beyond Conspiracy Theory

14 – Coherence, Consciousness and Spirituality

Epilogue: Unrealised Heaven


The beautiful cover photograph for this book was taken by James Burns, from his growing portfolio of impressive images entitled London from the Rooftops. Find out more about James Burns and his work at:


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