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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

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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.


Life As We Know It

Dream type: Transformation

You know most people think that life will be mostly about technology. I mean now that you hear about the iPad coming out you get excited and all that. For California a lot of it will be about all the things you buy because of all the pop culture around you. I believe that many dreams come from the excitement that builds up! My dream is that everyone gets to have a better life by interacting with others. I really want friends to be everywhere! I wouldn't want anyone to be left out. It would be awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by: Hannah | Jan 8, 2011

9 people like this.


Teachers Save Time; More Time to Teach

Dream type: Growth

Students enter non-essay answers to classroom assignments into hand-held devices. Results are posted to online gradebooks. Teachers re-teach (whole class or small group) as needed, focusing on problem areas. After school, students complete homework assignments and enter answers into hand-held devices or PCs (at home or at a local library). Immediate feedback to student. Automatically posted to online gradebooks. Mini lessons available for re-teaching. Retest student. Teachers and parents are notified of persistent issues and if children fail to complete assignments. Teachers don't waste time with data entry and correcting multiple choice and short answer questions.

by: Marianne Markt | Jan 6, 2011

11 people like this.


The paradigm shift dream

Dream type: Transformation

Renewal was found through a new language: http://www.wix.com/markdolamore/marks-free-site of conscience for tapping into the Gaia spirit of the planet. Recognized everywhere now, as you know, this creative spirit automatically generated a genuine cooperative rapport. That all started here, uniting first the state, then the union, now the whole world, through a force of mind, stronger than any state. The paradigm shift, in a short few years created synergy and feedback with nature. That was implanted in a prodigal California, living this last ditch dream, to avert collapse. The entire world now comes in pilgrimage to learn from us.

by: Mark Dolamore | Jan 22, 2011

8 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.


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.


recycling everything

Dream type: Transformation

It is 2015. I come home from school in my bike. We go to the store and buy one of a few kinds of clothes. We recycle our old things we don't need and some of them we give away. People don't care very much about money and don't waste it. Everybody helps each other.

by: Y.J.O | Nov 16, 2010

27 people like this.


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.


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.


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