It is now the seventh year that The Future has an annual celebration day – not everybody is as lucky as us futurists to celebrate the Future every morning! (And I am not talking about Back to the Future Day which occurred October 21, 2015).
Future Day is March 1 and exhibits its goal, in the exact guidelines of Futures Thinking: “Forget demonic robots, hoverboards or flying cars. Let’s turn our hope for a bright future into reality – make it so.” That means, three main ideas:
- Thinking about the Future is not (just) about creating scary sci-fi scenarios.
- Addressing the Future includes hope, positive thinking and an enlightened belief in a better world.
- Approaching the Future includes preparing for and building action plans from today on!
This celebration perfectly echoes the “urgent optimism” motto as Jane McGonigal at the Institute for the Future defines it: “Urgent optimism is the desire to act immediately to tackle an obstacle, combined with the belief that we have a reasonable hope for success.”
Future Day is also about having fun, unleashing our creativity, and making our collective intelligence flourish: “Future Day is a way of focusing and celebrating the energy that more and more people around the world are directing toward creating a radically better future”.
The Millennium Project hosts a 24-Hour Round-the-World Conversation to celebrate World Future Day beginning March 1 in New Zealand at 12 noon NZ time. The open conversation on how to build a better future will move west each hour. Anyone can join in at 12 noon their time and join futurists and others to explore possibilities for our common future.
“Anybody can pull up a cyber-chair at this global table and join the discussion on ZOOM at: https://zoom.us/j/9795262723,” says Jerome Glenn, CEO of The Millennium Project. “Whatever time zone you are in, you are invited at 12:00 noon in your time zone. People drop in and out as they like. If people can’t come online at 12 noon, they are welcome to come online before or after that time as well.”
Further futurists suggest some manifestations, but the list can very well be expanded! Once again, celebrating the Future is left open to our imagination.
- Future Day could be adopted as an official holiday by countries around the world.
- Children can do Future Day projects at school, exploring their ideas and passions about creating a better future.
- Future Day costume parties — why not? It makes at least as much sense as dressing up to celebrate Halloween!
- Businesses giving employees a day off from routine concerns, to think creatively about future projects.
- Special Future Day issues in newspapers, magazines and blogs.
Funny coincidence, I am part of a Think Tank with amazing Researchers, Philosophers, Artists and Futures Thinkers… and our monthly meeting happens on March 1 this month! We usually end up the meetings with vocal synchronization and musical improvisation. I am so looking forward to our Future Day celebration!
So what about you? What will you do for Future Day? Don’t forget, you can celebrate Future Day however you like, the ball is in your court. As Alan Kay stated, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”