A FUTURESTATES Wish For The Future

By Jonathan Archer
Posted on March 9, 2012

It's time for SXSW and the buzz-heavy festival is ramping up this weekend with thousands attendees, and hundreds of panels, meet ups, screenings, and more. FUTURESTATES is hosting a panel called Prototyping the Future, where we'll be announcing an exciting new project.

FUTURESTATES is co-producing a new participatory storytelling project from transmedia producer Lance Weiler (founder of Workbook Project and DIY DAYS). Wish For The Future mixes participatory storytelling and design science to envision a better world, seeking to answer the question posed by R. Buckminster Fuller, "How do we make the world work for 100 percent of humanity?" As you can tell, we like to set small goals at FUTURESTATES...

So what's it all about and how does it work? According to Lance, participants make a wish for the future. Wishes are granted through a creative act such as writing a story, making a piece of art, sharing a song, or creating a video. Then granted wishes are prototyped using 3D printers and software hacks in an effort to create a tangible artifact. Afterward, wishes, creative expressions and prototypes will be placed in multiple time capsules and buried for 100 years. Wish For The Future is part of a new direction for FUTURESTATES. We continue to produce the best in online speculative fiction, but we're also looking at new forms of storytelling that are innovative and ground-breaking. There's more, but you'll have to wait until Comic Con to find out what else we're up to. Stay tuned! 

Prototyping the Future at SXSW will take place at the Austin Convention Center, Sunday March 11 at 12:30pm.


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