Tomorrow Project USA, sponsored by Intel, challenges college students to envision the beauty of green: a fact-based, thoughtfully optimistic future powered by sustainable living, renewable energy and game-changing technologies. Tomorrow Project USA is calling for submissions of short stories and non-fiction essays between 3,000 and 5,000 words for its upcoming “Green Dreams” anthology.
The Tomorrow Projects facilitate dialog about the future by bringing together scientists, science fiction authors, and everyday people. Science fiction gives us a language to have a conversation about the future, and these conversations can make dramatic changes.
What do you think the future will look, feel, smell like? That was one of the questions posed during Tuesday’s “write-in” session at Arizona State University (ASU) in support of the project. And BTW, you have five minutes to answer.
The ASU write-in sessions, three total, were designed to help potential project contributors unlock their inner futurist. The ASU Center for Science and the Imagination is co-presenter and host of Green Dreams. Entries will be judged by an editorial board composed of academic researchers, professional journalists and college students at undergraduate and graduate levels.
The five-minute brainstorming rounds produced glimpses of a future that included weather control and medical membrane probes. Of course no out-of-the-box thinking session is complete without toys: Play-Doh, Rubik’s Cube, Slinky, but mostly it came down to pen and paper.
Will sparks generated by the write-ins catch to flames of fully-realized project submissions? Will the participating students join the likes of earlier Tomorrow Project anthology contributors such as Will.i.am, Corey Doctorow, Douglas Rushkoff, and other luminaries?
What kind of future do you want? What kind of future don’t you want? If you’re a college student it’s time to ideate and unlock your own hidden futurist. But the deadline looms: The Tomorrow Project USA call for submissions ends in two days.