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The Open Source School

Dream type: Transformation

Before heading to the lab I search online for TOSSers, the approximately 11.3 million refugees of K-12 schools and ivory towers/strip malls who form The Open Source learning network ("no idea excluded/no individual standardized"). Diagnostic fractals of the TOSS knowledge base look like an expanding coral reef Dr. Seuss drew with his toes. If you can find a guide to take you on, collaborate on a Purposeful Goal, and ask you the right Question(s), you're in. Welcome to the search for big ideas among every person, experience and document in existence. California is now a state of mind.

by: David Preston | Jan 20, 2011

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Verse Vendor

Dream type: Transformation

So I'm walking along, "Oh, look at how sunny California is," I think. I go into my local coffee shop for a date with this woman & "OMG!" There's a vending machine for poetry. I guess I have 3 bucks on my credit card. Cool, it'll totally impress this woman. Oh and I can pick from Bruce Sterling, Al Young (former poet laureate of California) & a bunch of people I don't know. It comes with a piece of gum. Awesome. Sold. It even printed it on newsprint for me. Wow. Wouldn't that be cool: to support our artists!

by: Max Cherney | Jan 31, 2011

5 people like this.


Plant a Tree

Dream type: Transformation

My dream is that there will be no air pollution. Every person will plant a tree in their backyard or the park so we can breathe fresh air.

by: T | Jan 12, 2011

11 people like this.


Algal Bloom

Dream type: Transformation

Mayor Villaraigosa's creation of the LA Cleantech Corridor™ (2008) lay the groundwork for a restoration of the once-mighty Los Angeles River. Funded by water bonds, and powered by permaculture and synthbio, the campaign was long - with the waterway formally declared 'clean' in late 2015. 18 months after 'mission accomplished', a collosal algal mat floats beneath the East LA Interchange, filtering toxins from the water; in Paramount and East Compton, green algae provides an emerging Nutrition Commons; and further downstream, the marijuana sharecroppers of Long Beach use unlicensed channels to rerout water - irrigating their backyard plantations for free.

by: Justin Pickard | Oct 28, 2010

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Critical Party

Dream type: Transformation

"A sober-minded assessment of risks and resources" leads California to re-valuate the breadth and depth of its cognitive surplus. Now "California knows how to party" even better and my work feels moar like play. I participate in a superstructure called Critical Party QG. We mash up pop culture with stigmergy networks to produce lively collaboration contexts and project coordination strategies. As a Memeticist, I research Other People's Metaphors and measure their semantic integrity. The strongest bridges support most of tomorrow's parties (edge innovations). This is planetary stewardship with SyCC beats (strongly connected components)!

by: Christine Hodges | Feb 1, 2011

2 people like this.


A Calling of Humanity

Dream type: Transformation

December 25th 2020. I’m 33 today and filled with hope and gratitude. Project Evolve which started in California is now worldwide. The Golden State inspired the world through arts/entertainment and now leads us into the Golden Age. Project Evolve tapped into the shift in the human consciousness and created an interactive website. Connecting local citizens with common goals/interests to better their communities. We believed it would take technology and heart to bring harmony back to earth. It soon manifested into "Evolve" events/contests with workshops and research projects. Project Evolve has become a calling for all humanity to work together.

by: Christopher DuBois | Jan 28, 2011

58 people like this.


The California Territory: 2011-2020

Dream type: Collapse

The 2011 economic crisis led to US intervention in California, with Chief Justice Barack Obama revoking statehood for 17 former states in 2015, handing direct control to President Biden's Interior department. Worldwide drought, violent weather, and the die-off of all domestic bees caused the 2016 Bee Famine, and over 60% of Californians emigrated to the former Rust Belt or Haiti in the 2017 Resettlement Act. 2020 California is largely self-reliant based on the Foodshed farming revolution and permatechnology advances, so President Michelle Obama believes California might be ready for statehood in five years. (see http://sto.ly/fDN8hh for more details.)

by: Stowe Boyd | Jan 31, 2011

8 people like this.


Trash? What's that?

Dream type: Constraint

Every take-out box, packaging, utensils are all compostable, or recyclable. All eating facilities, malls, restaurants, cafeterias have a mandatory recycling program for patrons where there are available containers for recyclables and compost. It will become second nature for Californians to know which are recyclables, compostable, and actual trash, and the norm to see those available containers in all public areas. Also, that all households in California recycle everything that is recyclable, and have very little, to no trash. This dream is already a reality in one Bay Area city, a local mall, and in some homes. Let’s continue this dream.

by: Chris | Jan 12, 2011

11 people like this.


The Power of Less

Dream type: Constraint

In my future California, we will reduce our wastefulness and value quality over disposability, as resources become more scarce. High-tech products will adapt to our needs--featuring universal, replaceable parts and reducing our reliance on landfills and export of electronic refuse. A slower economy will mean less shopping and more time for learning and gathering with family and friends. In energy gyms, our exercise will generate power for our communities. New homes will be smaller, with permaculture gardens and solar panels. Communities will feature parks and co-working spaces. We will collaborate online to quickly respond to local and global crises.

by: Kerry | Jan 11, 2011

10 people like this.


Family and education

Dream type: Growth

We all would be one big family working together to make this world a better place. We all would be educated - we all would be doctors and vets and more. We all would be friends and family, we all would care for our world and stop fighting to make it a better place for all of us. We also would still have some fun making our world the best. As you can see that the future i am thinking of. Thank you, California Dreams.

by: youana | Dec 18, 2010

9 people like this.


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