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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Julia Watson



With design by radical indigenism, Julia Watson shows how we’re drowning in technology and starving for wisdom.


Penguin Random House

A People's Future of the United States


A glittering landscape of twenty-five speculative stories that envision new futures for America.

playful economy, culture

NY Times

What Would a World Without Prisons Look Like?


Architect, Deanna Van Buren designs civic spaces that are healing alternatives to correctional facilities.

human infrastructure, wellness

On Being

Robin Wall-Kimmerer


A conversation about celebrating indigenous ways of knowing and the intelligence of plants.

wondrous environment, spirituality

Katie Paterson

Future Library Forest


A collection of leading writers and poets grow a forest of books and imagination for our future.

thoughtful environment, culture

Walker Art Center

Futures Focus: Foods


Stories to unpeel the possible future(s) of the food world as we know it.

playful food, urbanism

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