Rev it up to 88 mph: Shaping the year 2045, today.

Let’s go back, to the future. On Wednesday, October 21, the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service closed out their 3 days with a focus on Future Forward, painting a picture of what the future of volunteerism might look like and more importantly, how we can get there. Civic Accelerator alum and founder of Civic Creatives, De Andrea Nichols, was a featured speaker who talked about her work and how to design solutions for change. This look into the future was no coincidence, after all, October 21, 2015, is the day that Marty and Doc travel to in Back to the Future II.  

To commemorate the iconic film and to engage our civic imagination, our friends at Imagine Better launched the Back to the Future Campaign. From October 21 through January 31, 2016, they are championing a new kind of thinking that prioritizes the ideal over the cynically-defined “likely”; new thinking that promotes the idea that to create a wonderful world, we have to imagine it first.

With the Back to the Future Campaign, the Imagine Better team believes we can start to build the future we want, instead of a future that we dread. That we can harness Doc and Marty’s optimism and venture into a world and a future that is malleable simply through our ability to imagine the change.

Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.

The Back to the Future Campaign asks all of us to imagine our ideal future and to put our innate creativity to work to consider an alternative past, develop actions for the present, and invent an inspiring future.

So, clearly you want to get involved because it sounds like fun, right? Right. Below we’ve laid out a few simple ways in which you can participate:

  • Submit your idea and dreams for the ideal 2045 (which can include videos, StoryCorps App conversations with BacktotheFutureCampaign as a keyword, written posts, art, poetry, tweets, etc.)
  • Submit a letter to your future self from 2045, and they’ll return them in a year
  • Gain open access to curricula for workshops, home, and classroom activities that stretch the imagination and jump-start action towards a just, equitable future

We’re proud to be a partner on this futuristic voyage through time. Join us and submit your vision for 2045!

Jasmine Cato, Civic Accelerator Program Coordinator, believes in 2045 every child will have access to higher education.

Tim Adkins, Civic Accelerator Marketing Manager, envisions in 2045 that people will no longer experience homelessness.