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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Olafur Eliasson

Earth Speakr


An interactive artwork gives us our turn, as adults, to listen to young people’s views about the future wellbeing of the planet.

playful environment, education

C. Anders, L. Nneka Arimah and C. Yu

A People's Future of the United States


Narratives that release us from today’s norms and give us new futures to believe in.

joyous politics, culture

The New York Times

Deanna Van Buren


An architect who designs civic spaces as human and holistic healing alternatives to correction facilities

human urbanism, wellness

"Only out of acceptance of the world's terrible pain and its wonderful possibilities can you anchor your vision... anguish is the force through which the world can come closer to being all that it can be."


~ Donella Meadows


Ragnar Kjartansson

The Visitors


Moments of collective pain allow us to see the beauty in our fragility, and recognize that we are never truly alone.

authentic wellness, culture


The Universe in Verse


Celebrates poetry’s wondrous ability to broaden our perspectives and reveal our reality afresh.

wondrous spirituality, culture

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