Two Tea Bags to Utopia

This resource is part of a collection called Tomorrow 125: related publications.

On the 29th January 2021, the 171st anniversary of the birth of our founder Ebenezer Howard, the TCPA published ‘Two Tea Bags to Utopia: A train journey from hope to despair, and back again.’ Read the full provocation here.

The podcast, by our Director of Policy Dr Hugh Ellis, can only be described as ‘very personal’ (which, its author suggests, is also potentially career-ending!). The podcast is slightly hard to summarise although one early reviewer has described it as like ‘Alan Bennett reading the shipping forecast and best listened to while cleaning the toilet’. The content is a personal reflection on our current challenges and what we might do to make change happen. It’s very definitely not TCPA policy but we hope it is a useful contribution to the diverse debate we need about our future.

We publish it in the hope it will be provocative and entertaining in equal measure. But, above all, with a desire that it will get people thinking about the future at a time when the need for ‘practical hope’ is greater than ever.

So put the kettle on and tuck in.