Making our future present

The Future Field Prize is awarded annually to a visionary creative project that engages one of our six core states to field futures worth living into.

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    Spring 2020, TBD

2020 Theme

How can we harness playfulness to foster a deeper openness and trust in our communal life?

As digital devices encourage us to foreground the virtual over the physical, we find ourselves increasingly ‘alone together’; disconnected from our neighbors, and less invested in the important work of fostering vibrant, tolerant and trusting communities. It’s time we explore the power of play to lure us out of the virtual and into the real world in meaningful ways.


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Prize Format

‘What if’ Question
Create a vision and frame it around a ‘What if’ question that tells us how you are exploring playfulness and communal life. Your vision can be in the form of an object, concept, space, service, performance, intervention or installation in any of the following fields: environment, food, economy, education, politics, urbanism, infrastructure, spirituality, wellness or culture.

Future Field Notes
Submit 3 ‘postcards from the Future Field’ of your vision along with a fictional correspondence from your future self and/or visitors of your choosing (living, historical, fictional). Each visitor’s note should describe their experience and observations about what that future feels like.

Creative Statement
A detailed description of your vision: what it is and how it works, along with team information.

Key Dates

Submission deadline: Spring 2020
Winner announced: Fall 2020
Award Ceremony: Winter 2020
Dates TBD


Read through our Future Field Prize Brief and Submission Template. (Coming soon)
Find inspiration from a sample entry. (Coming soon)
E-mail your entry to

We cannot manifest a future of fullness from a purely intellectual place: we will not risk the journey until we have somehow first felt the beauty of the destination.

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