Futures Worth Living Into

Creative States champions life-affirming innovation: new visions, products and experiences that awaken our sense of joy, play, wonder, thoughtfulness, authenticity and humanity and help us shape a future that is not only sustained but truly alive.


What If...

Our ‘What If’ series highlights life-affirming projects and proposes ways to further their impact in the world.

  • Thoughtful
  • Wondrous

What if our neighborhoods could come alive with green energy?

How Daan Roosegaarde’s ‘Gates of Light’ and ‘Windvogel’ prototype a wondrous path toward a regenerative world.

  • Authentic
  • Human

What if we enlisted kids to help us make the future female AND male?

How Andrew Schlesinger’s GENTLEmen challenges us to reframe the way we teach kids about gender.

It's Time...

Each ‘It’s Time’ editorial dreams up a team of bold thinkers to bring new life to an issue in need of creative reframing.

  • Human
  • Playful

It’s time we give intolerance a playful kick in the pants.

How the transformative potential of play can help us find new common ground in our civic life.

  • Playful
  • Thoughtful

It’s time we move beyond the call for hope and greatness.

Why Trump’s #MAGA and Obama’s #YesWeCan have kept us in the dark, and how we can begin to feel our way into a bright new #FutureField.


Conversations with creators and thought leaders about how they foster a greater sense of aliveness.

  • Authentic
  • Thoughtful

Anne Quito

The award-winning Quartz design critic on limning injustice with love letters to the world.

  • Human
  • Wondrous

Joseph Weissgold

The Head of Invention at Future Laboratories on leading with reverence, and why it’s not what but how you want to be that matters.


An evolving collection of life-affirming inspirations to fuel your creative states and awaken your sense of possibility.

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“On spacecraft earth, there are no passengers. We are all crew. We are not consumers. We are creators. If we take our mission seriously, there's a whole new world to be explored.”


~ Marshall McLuhan


Pioneer Works

Embodied Emotional Resilience Workshop


A workshop exploring how to reclaim the emotional resilience of the body in a techno-capitalist world.

human spirituality, wellness

Matadero Madrid

Twelve Cautionary Urban Tales

(Feb 13 - July 19, 2020)


Architects and artists question the nature of cities and propose new ways of designing and inhabiting them.

thoughtful environment, urbanism




Urban cultural projects in Seville create a new intimate and artistic ecological approach to entrepreneurship and food.

playful environment, urbanism

"To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few."


~ Emily Dickenson


The Guggenheim

Countryside, The Future

(Feb 20 - Aug 14, 2020)


Rem Koolhaas ponders the radical potential of rural spaces.

joyous environment, economy

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