Recently, I watched a few episodes of a television reality show, PROJECT RUNWAY. I find the creativity aspect fascinating. Sixteen up and coming fashion designers are competing over a period of approximately twelve weeks. They are given design challenges and they create their own unique take on the assignment. One designer is eliminated from the competition each week. A challenge was for the remaining seven designers to work collaboratively (rather than competitively) and come up with a line of clothing based on what fashions might look like in a futuristic society in the year 2055. They were each given $55 to spend at a vintage clothing store and then used these purchases to create their line of futuristic fashions.
The overall theme that the designers chose to work with was that in the future, the environment would “be the enemy” and people would need protection against toxins and hazards that mankind had perpetuated through their reckless use of resources, greed, apathy, etc. That these young designers would perceive the future to be hazardous in their futuristic imaginings, is probably not surprising.
So, is all futuristic writing then going to be apocalyptic in nature, I wonder?
If we started to write about the future with more optimism, could we alter the course of things?
What is something that you’d like to imagine into the future for the earth and her inhabitants? Write about it. Share your better vision with someone.