Book Cover, Title: American Dreamers Quote reads "My new American Dream is the hope that my old American dream-the one that I was lucky enough to live myself-will continue to expand and be available to all who seek it." Arianna Huffington. Subtitle, Optimists, Mavericks, and Mad Inventors Share their dreams for brighter futures.

First Principles

Newly released: American Dreamers, a collection of “dreams from optimists, inventors and mavericks with ideas for a brighter future.” My essay (online here) leads off the book with a look at the combustible, illuminating nature of good ideas and the unique optimism of the American Dream. It’s also a pretty good declaration of principles for what we are trying to accomplish at the Center for Science and the Imagination.

Video: Tomorrow Project

On September 24, 2012, the Center for Science and the Imagination launched a new collaboration with Intel, Tomorrow Project USA. To help inspire collaborators on this new project, we interviewed a number of researchers and leaders at Arizona State University, exploring how we can shape the future both through research and by telling new stories about futures we want to build together, and the futures we want to avoid. This short trailer will give you a sense of the way that ASU and Intel are teaming up to encourage us to think about the future in a more ambitious, optimistic and thoughtful way. Keep an eye on our site for the full versions of each interview!