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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

17 people like this.


Pollution

Dream type: Collapse

Another day in California of 2020; broken buildings, garbage lying around, the smell of burnt plastic, dirty people and smelly pets. My job stinks: I get paid minimum wage (5000$ an hour), my job is dirty and disgusting, and I'm very hungry. I'm walking home, past broken cars, and robotic cops. I almost get into one of those street fights, but sneak past it. I put on my gas mask as I went past a local factory. I'm finally home. But it's a very cheap home (1,500,000$ a month). Life was better 10 years ago.

by: Tobias Avison | Dec 5, 2010

8 people like this.


Anticipatory Governance

Dream type: Growth

Renewal can only sustainably be achieved if we learn to manage interdependence at all levels. We need to resolve the paradox of locality and global connectedness. Social entrepreneurs often see emerging problems before they are big enough to reach the radar of business and political leaders. Yet they lack resources. In my future civic leadership uses technology to connect with communities around ideas of anticipatory governance. Community level innovation across the board can then be amplified system wide in education, health, energy, food and environment by the same technologies. Renewal needs a renewal of Trust in Leadership.

by: Chris Yapp | Jan 26, 2011

4 people like this.


The REAL internet of things! The intelligent underground pipline.

Dream type: Transformation

I've got to get my widgets to market! I load them onto an intelligent, autonomous vehicle which ferries them to The Pipeline hub - an underground "cargo superhighway" which connects the world the way the internet connected us electronically. The products are loaded into a pod, propelled magnetically to a distribution center outside the city which has its own terminal. There the widgets are divided and combined with other widgets and sent on their way, autonomously, to depots around the region. Highways are clearer, the air cleaner. Californian companies manufacture and export the machinery, and generate billions in revenue.

by: Rick Schettino | Dec 7, 2010

12 people like this.


help the homeless

Dream type: Transformation

I think that California should help the homeless because first, everyone needs a home. Second, in recent facts 1.6 to 1.7 million people under 18 will experience homelessness each year. Isn't that just sad. If that is not good enough, 1 out of every 3 homeless people are under the age of 18. These are some reasons I think California's future is to help the homeless. Thank you. This was written by Alexander Tobyn Wilson (Toby Wilson). email: clubdorks@yahoo.com

by: TOBY WILSON | Dec 11, 2010

5 people like this.


the smoky world

Dream type: Collapse

i smell the smoke in the stuffy air. i look across the dry grass. i don't think that we can really call it grass anymore. the waves are splashing up against the bare shore. the shore is black. it has a few coatings of- well i don't think we know what it really is now. the smell in the air is filling my nose. i remember when it used to be salty. i remember the laugh of the children and the sigh of relaxation as the parents settled down. that was the old times though. everyone's life has changed.

by: emily worpenberg | Dec 20, 2010

9 people like this.


Lifelong University of California. Meet needs in a rich experience!

Dream type: Transformation

My father resented the wealthy for their mobility, breadth of opportunity and network. I’m a mobile, skilled student worker. I check the local 'need feed', taking lead if I have experience and otherwise learn from others. The solution database guides teams and adopts our breakthroughs. Universities were expensive and detached. Why learn one discipline, when I can follow my interests month to month? I learn with others through action and skilled peers help me enact my ideas. I may work near dad next week, and work with friends in LA after.Life is a continuum of experience and results.

by: Mat Dryhurst | Nov 11, 2010

37 people like this.


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

107 people like this.


The New Argonauts

Dream type: Growth

On the way to work this morning, I run over a pothole. Momentarily annoyed, I take solace in knowing that simultaneously my car tagged its GPS location into the open source city database. Halfway through my day, I remember that I need to renew my drivers license so I log onto my personalized iCali government page and flip a gchat to Annie over at the DMV. At night, I fall asleep astounded that only six years ago government relied on forms and phones for those services and proud that Californians are leading the world towards the new society.

by: Patrick Atwater | Jan 24, 2011

14 people like this.


Catalyst Cohousing Movement 2019

Dream type: Transformation

We completed our 40 unit cohousing complex in East Palo Alto last year. We built here because we could afford it and contribute to this community. The idea was to create cohousing that catalyzed positive things in the community, helped us achieve self-sufficiency, and served as a homeschool for our children. As such, all of the services offered cohousers is open to the community - the laundry, school, garden, tool library, carshare & more. The community has embraced us even though we're minorities. And it's great to be part of a network of 1,550 similar projects in California.

by: Neal Gorenflo | Dec 7, 2010

22 people like this.


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