When we talk about sustainability, we tend to focus on the problems. We discuss deprivation and calamity. We anguish about cutting back and preparing for the worst. But sustainability can’t only be about what we should stop doing and enjoying because that’s a message nobody wants to hear.
Tomorrow Project, in collaboration with ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination challenged students to envision the beauty of green: a fact-based, thoughtfully optimistic future powered by sustainable living, renewable energy and game-changing technologies.
Winning authors were awarded $200, furnished by the Center for Science and the Imagination, and had their work published in The Cautions, Dreams & Curiosities Anthology. Entries were judged by an editorial board composed of academic researchers, professional journalists and college students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The magic visions from The Green Dreams competition and the many others contained in this anthology have the power to shape our future. This collection brings together tomorrows from a wide range of ages and nationalities. We have contributions from world famous scientists and hardworking students. Some are written by New York Times Bestselling authors while most are from average people with a passion for tomorrow. Each captures a vision for the future, some sought after and some to be avoided. Each is a little piece of magic, a hope, a first step.
Always remember: You can change the future.
Read the Full Anthology
Congratulations to the Prize Winners!
|Nathan David Smith
For the Benefit of the People
“Yellowstone City” resident Vernon Moss attempts to offset his carbon output to win a contest to witness a rocket launch, a fuel-heavy enterprise in sharp contrast to the green eco-topia he lives and works in each day.
Watch the Way the River Runs
Traveling with less water than they needed, an adventurous duo is taken aback as nature keeps showing off her abundant waters without offering even a drop to quench their desperate thirst.
Just because we’re able to use a technology doesn’t mean we can fully comprehend its effects. The government has begun to employ geoengineering as a finely tuned procedure – not merely to offset the effects of global warming, but to perfect the weather – allowing destructive agricultural practices to propagate.
As showers in the warm Arizonian rain surrounded by native saguaro cacti seemed par for the course, Calhoun didn’t know how strange growing up in the “new urban” community of Civano was until going to college in less environmentally-minded Arkansas.
ASU provided the editorial board consisting of the following:
- Rosalyn Berne, professor of science, technology and society at the University of Virginia and an expert on the convergence of technology, ethics and religion
- Torie Bosch, editor of Slate magazine’s Future Tense project
- Chanda Chisala, Zambia’s leading software programming expert and a fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy
- Cindy Frewen Wuellner, professor of future studies at the University of Houston and architect and owner at Frewen Architects Inc.
- Peter Leyden, founding editor of Wired, founding director of the New Politics Institute and founder of Next Agenda, organizations that help political groups and think tanks leverage digital technology to share their message and connect with the public
- Colin Milburn, Gary Snyder Chair in science and the humanities at the University of California, Davis, and an expert on the cultural relations between literature, science and technology
- Alex Pang, professor of computer science at the University of California, Santa Cruz and futurist at SRI International, a research institute for government and business
- Ludwig Siegele, technology correspondent for The Economist
- Bryan Walsh, senior editor and environment blogger for Time
- David Winton, co-founder of Winton/duPont Films, a filmmaker working primarily in the fields of technology and science
- Seth Herron is currently a dual master’s student in Sustainability and Environmental Engineering at Arizona State University, with research interests in the water/energy nexus, trade in virtual water, and the design of subsidy schemes for new energy technologies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in film from Northwestern University.
- Adrielle Munger is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Arizona State University while writing her undergraduate thesis on the Faust Myth and the Internet. She hopes to pursue a master’s in Performance Studies after graduating in May 2013.