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Land of Technology and Education

Dream type: Transformation

Problems that plague California can be solved with new, undeveloped technologies. Fossil fuels eliminated, disasters avoided, hunger ended, and pollution eliminated. We need to invest heavily in education to achieve this. Tomorrow's scientists need the best recourses available to them, which means better education. A better education can be reached by granting the schools more money and computerizing the educational system. We need to make schools a place kids want to be not have to be. If you want to change a society you need to first change its schools for the future will be decided by its posterity.

by: Ryan Nguyen | Jan 27, 2011

15 people like this.


RE-PARADISE

Dream type: Transformation

I look out my window at "Duane's Dream," one of many citizen visions for California's future that Hollywood is making show up all around us. It flows over the white and living roofs cooling things down and goes pixel when it hits the community solar panels. I do my shift at my community garden, foundation for the "Livelihood" economy I live in (jobs are SO old paradigm). Then I facilitate a citizen game session on how to grow our state currency system that is paying for the California paradise we are all making together. We re-paradise California, every day.

by: Mimi K | Dec 8, 2010

10 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.


California Dreamin'

Dream type: Transformation

I dream of a California where creativity, compassion and conservation are our highest ideals. Instead of buying; we make. Instead of taking; we give. Instead of more; we enjoy and care for what we have. I dream of Californians with time to paint the sunset and create stories with their children, with time to talk to a friend or stranger, with time to plant a seed and enjoy nature, with time to create and build a solar and wind-powered sustainable economy. I dream of California Dreamin', where these dreams are reality.

by: Kimberly Overton | Nov 4, 2010

43 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.


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.


The Isles of California

Dream type: Transformation

After the catastrophic collapse of the North Atlantic Conveyor in 2011, society struggled to cope with sudden re-glaciation and seemingly instantaneous 150-foot sea level rises. Time-lapse satellite photography would show California appearing to 'sink' into the ocean, as populations sought higher ground in the coastal range, Sierras, and westward. As local communities re-formed in the hills above a new coastline, they would come to call themselves the "Water Tribes." A typical day would see vertical hydroponic farms, teams of recovery divers pulling up lost treasures, and portable osmotic desalination and power generators cobbled together by refugee engineering talent.

by: David Anderson | Nov 9, 2010

14 people like this.


Dream it, Plan it, Do it: A Citizen Engagement Game

Dream type: Transformation

The text message: Vote by 5p! The issue: Regional jobs plan. Eligible participants passed previous game levels. They understand the issues and know their elected officials. Citizens are informed and involved. Counties compete for highest participation rates. Cities compete for best in County. The winners: All Californians. People interact to discuss issues, wearing buttons to prompt dialogue. Politicians heed the opinions of the informed and engaged. Concerned citizens mobilize for concerted action to improve society. Buying power and voting power is harnessed. Better use of resources and greater appreciation for humanity are the results.

by: Kevin Sved | Feb 1, 2011

2 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.


Companies Without Borders

Dream type: Transformation

Wouldn't it be incredible if the meaning of corporate social responsibility (CSR) expanded to include the creation of NGOs seeded by corporations which deploy doctors to heal their outlying communities and send trainers to outlying schools to teach more about what their companies do and how they do it? These organizations would create pathways of health and education and work with foundations for research. It means that corporations invest in a trust so that this money grows apart and these programs are sustainable, enough that it provides social services that many feel cannot be sustained by state government alone.

by: Pedro Rosado | Jan 30, 2011

5 people like this.


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