Inspire
Your Senses

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

The Guggenheim

Countryside, The Future

exhibition

A thoughtful and long overdue look at the future of non-cities.

thoughtful environment, economy

andthen

Another Future

tool

A futures board game to broaden our perspectives on what’s possible.

playful economy, education

Julia Watson

Lo-TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism

book

What indigenous knowledge can teach us about climate renewal.

human environment, infrastructure

SYSTEM Sounds NASA Project

4000 Exoplanets

audio

A wondrous score composed from our discoveries of life in the universe.

wondrous environment, spirituality

Tomas Saraceno

Fly With Aerocene Pacha

event

The first human fully-solar flight aims to elevate new planetary futures.

wondrous environment, infrastructure

The Dutch Institute of Food & Design

Edible Futures

exhibition

An exhibit’s audioguide uses speculative narratives to immerse us in a series of provocative food futures.

joyous food, culture

"Humans are not either thinking machines or feeling machines, but rather feeling machines that think."

quote

~ Antonio Damasio

human

Jonathon Porritt

The World We Made

book

A positive narrative set in 2050 describing the 21st century breakthroughs that have transformed our planet.

human environment, education

MoMA

Neri Oxman: Material Ecology

exhibition

A celebration of pioneering materials and processes for interdisciplinary and interspecies collaboration.

wondrous environment, economy

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Border Tuner

intervention

Citizens communicate through interactive light to humanize connection across the US-Mexico border.

joyous infrastructure, culture

"We are living in times that came about from dreams of people before us. The world to come has everything to do with the dreams we are dreaming now."

quote

~ Manoj Fenelon

thoughtful

Victoria & Albert Museum

Food: Bigger than the Plate

exhibition

A thought-provoking look at our capacity to influence and re-imagine the humanity of our food systems.

wondrous food, economy

Future Tense Fictions:

Stories of Tomorrow

book

A cornucopia of possible futures from today’s leading voices in speculative literature and science fiction.

playful politics, culture

New Yorker

Iris van Herpen

article

A CERN-visiting designer who uses fashion to explore new ways of seeing and sensing the world.

wondrous environment, culture

PlayLab, Inc

+POOL Light

intervention

A playful way to measure ‘how’s the water today?’ and change our relationship to the water around us.

joyous environment, infrastructure

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality...build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

quote

~ Buckminster Fuller

thoughtful

Olafur Eliasson

Expanded Studio

tool

Following an artist’s process for collecting cross-disciplinary creative inspiration.

playful environment, culture

Solar Punk Festival

event

A platform empowering people to co-create positive and ecologically-balanced futures.

thoughtful environment, infrastructure

SVA Products of Design

Parallel Times

article

A playful take at how artifacts from the near future can impact our innovations today.

wondrous economy, culture

The Outline

We Should All Be Reading More Ursula Le Guin

article

Reminds us of the power of storytelling as a tool for creating better futures.

thoughtful environment, culture

Erling Kagge

Silence in the Age of Noise

book

An arctic explorer’s thoughts on how silence can help us find wonder in the everyday.

joyous spirituality, culture

“To live with hope in times that reward cynicism and, in many ways, call for cynicism, I think, is a tremendous act of courage and resistance.”

quote

~ Maria Popova

joyous

MAAT

Playmode

Sep 11, 2018 - Feb 17, 2020

exhibition

Highlights artists and designers using play as a critical tool for social transformation.

thoughtful urbanism, culture

Gordon Hempton

Being Hear

film

An acoustic ecologist on why silence is the think tank of the soul.

playful environment, culture

Eero Lundén and Juulia Kauste

Another Generosity

intervention

Poetically probes how architecture can generously respond to both humans and nature.

thoughtful environment, infrastructure

OK Go

How to Find a Wonderful Idea

film

A band’s playful approach to hunting for magic and finding amazing ideas.

joyous education, culture

"Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father."

quote

~ Roger von Oech

playful

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Designs for Different Futures

(Oct 22, 2019 – Mar 8, 2020)

exhibition

A provocative dive into how we are reframing our future, socially, ethically and aesthetically.

playful economy, culture

School of Life

Emotional Barometer

tool

A tool to help us overcome our vagueness and tell others how we really feel.

wondrous spirituality, wellness

Carolien Niebling

The Sausage of the Future

book

Reimagines the sustainability potential of a mundane food staple.

thoughtful food, economy

Bernie Krause

The Great Animal Orchestra

film

A poetic meditation on the fragility and future of our animal kingdom.

wondrous environment, urbanism

Milan Triennale

Broken Nature

(Mar 1 - Sep 1, 2019)

exhibition

A provocative take at designing our own beautiful extinction.

joyous environment, culture

"Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing."

quote

~ Arundhati Roy

wondrous

Cai Guo-Qiang

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

film

Shows our connection to the universe is as transformative as it is ephemeral.

playful spirituality, culture

The Why Factory

We Want World Wonders: Building Architectural Myths

book

A call for buildings to inspire us to feel, think and wonder.

playful urbanism, infrastructure

Nelly Ben Hayoun

One Minute Wonder

film

Introduces the fearless, fantastical approach of this très Frrreench experience designer.

playful environment, culture

Bjarke Ingels

Why Architecture Should Be More Like Minecraft

film

Reminds us of architecture’s power to build future dreams into reality.

wondrous urbanism, infrastructure

Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby

Speculative Everything

book

Proposes design as a tool for thinking critically about possible futures.

playful economy, culture

Wendell Berry

The Peace of Wild Things

audio

A transporting voice to feed your sense of wonder for the natural world.

joyous environment, culture

"When enough people raise play to the status it deserves in our lives, we will find the world a better place."

quote

~ Stuart Brown

playful

Miguel Sicart

Play Matters

book

Champions play as productive, expressive, educational and fundamental to our well-being.

playful education, culture

V&A Museum

The Future Starts Here

(May 12 - Nov 4, 2018)

exhibition

Asks us to creatively and critically question the future we are creating.

human environment, economy

V&A Museum

The Future Starts Here

intervention

Whimsically turns frozen lakes into heart-warming creative playgrounds.

thoughtful urbanism, culture

Through the Repellent Fence

intervention

Thoughtfully questions how our connection to the land defines and divides us.

playful infrastructure, culture

Science Gallery

Life at the Edges

(Jun 22 - Sep 30, 2018)

exhibition

Investigates how extreme climate organisms might help us push our boundaries.

thoughtful environment, economy

Planet B: Ideas for a New World

book

Creatives of all disciplines present bold visions for the 22nd century.

joyous environment, economy

"All things change according to the state we are in. Nothing is fixed."

quote

~ Robert Henri

thoughtful

2018 London Design Biennale

Emotional States

(Sep 4-23, 2019)

exhibition

Foregrounds how design influences the way we experience and feel.

joyous wellness, culture
Being Hear

Analog Research Lab

Being Hear

book

Joyously explores what it really means to be present and listen.

joyous wellness, culture

New York Times VR & Alec Soth

Laughter Yoga

film

Frames the oddity, intimacy and profound humanity of laughter yoga.

joyous spirituality, wellness

"The 20th century was all about big changes in the outer world; the 21st century is about big changes in our inner worlds."

quote

~ Douglas Coupland

authentic

Jeppe Hein

The Happiness of Burnout: The Case of Jeppe Hein

book

Authentically questions the role of pain and joy, and what life is worth living.

authentic wellness, culture

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