The c3: FutureVision Award and was created to acknowledge content creators and artists who are dedicated to using the power of the arts and media to create socially beneficial and transfomational projects themed around the future or use of new media technologies. Because of our collaboration with The Millennium Project which focuses on how the arts and media can be used to help create a better future, consideration is given for projects that contain a futurist theme, either literally or through their use of emerging communication technologies.
The STATE OF THE ARTS 2016: A.I. and for Good and Music that Transforms focused on the power of artificial (or machine) intelligence and music to transform our lives and the power of music to transform. From personal wellbeing, to education, arts and healing, this year’s event honored both 2016 FutureVision Awardees; inventor of iWithin, Eric Shuss, and musician and composer, Ricky Kej, a Grammy-nominated composer and creator of Shanti Samsara: World Music for Environmental Consciousness.
The 2015 State of the Arts Transformational Power of Virtual Reality FutureVision Award was presented to Nonny de la Peña of the Emblematic Group
“Humans have long been able to immerse themselves in other worlds, through oral story or novels, painting, photographs, television, cinema and pure imagination. The mind does not travel alone — the body most certainly comes along for the ride.” – Nonny de la Peña, Co-Founder
When people put on our goggles, they are fully transported to another world.
Emblematic Group is the world’s leading creator of powerful virtual reality experiences. They immerse audiences in the story, making them feel like they are in the middle of the action.
The award-winning work has excited audiences internationally and has been featured in WIRED, BBC, MIT Technology Review, Mashable, The Huffington Post, Verge, and The Los Angeles Times. Emblematic has also created experiences for Standard Chartered Bank, the World Economic Forum the Tribeca Film Foundation and Al Jazeera America.
Fast Company named CEO Nonny de la Peña “One of the Thirteen People Who Made the World More Creative” for her work pioneering the field. Michael Licht, President of Emblematic, offers 15 years of gaming industry experience, working at places like EA, Lucas Arts, Disney and others.
The 2014 FutureVision Award was given to the team who created Mindfulness in the Virtual World — a mindfulness training program created and presented in Second Life. Working with Mindfulness experts Dr. Steven Hickman and Allan Goldstein from the Center for Mindfulness, UCSD, Dr. Jacki Morie and team have adapted traditional Mindfulness classes to Virtual Worlds so people can attend them from their homes using a personal avatar. The Mindfulness and Virtual World experts are currently supporting a longitudinal study being done by Dr. Valerie Rice, Chief of the Army Medical Department
Field Element at Ft. Sam Houston TX, to evaluate whether this online method has the same benefits for mindfulness students as physical-based classes, which have evidence-based validity for their effectiveness in lessening stress, helping with chronic pain and dealing with long term illnesses.
Karim Ahmad is the Senior Digital Content Strategist at ITVS, where he oversees digital content funding initiatives, portfolio development, and alignment to company objectives. He’s the creator and Series Producer of the acclaimed web series FUTURESTATES, and develops both non-fiction and fiction digital content for ITVS from concept through distribution. Mr. Ahmad is also an independent cross-platform writer and producer, currently developing a portfolio of feature films, comic books and interactive media. He previously served as Feature Development Director at San Francisco production company Momentum Cinema, where he wrote and produced the award-winning narrative feature film Harrison Montgomery, starring Oscar-winner Martin Landau. Mr. Ahmad has served as a panelist/juror for numerous film funders and festivals, worked extensively as an independent story consultant, and received his BA from Pomona College.
The 2012 FutureVision Award was presented to the team that created MYTHIC CHALLENGES, first hatched in the 2011 State of the Arts FutureVision Think Tank that preceeded the symposium. Creators Brian Dyer, Pamela Smith and Jill Gurr teamed up to create a project that would address The Millennium Project’s 15 Global Challenges through storytelling and mythology.
They teamed up and collaborated with Evelyn Subert and James Gleason who run the Media Lab at Grover Cleaveland High School in Reseda, California.
Evelyn also concurrently partnered with the State Department who introduced them to students in Afghanistan. Together the students in California and the students in Afghanistan worked together remotely to create 7 powerful films.
For more information:
consciouscreativity.com/millennium-project/mythic-challenges and mythicchallenges.com for information.
The first c3 FutureVision Award was initially presented at the 2011 State of the Arts “Producing Change” symposium which was co-produced in association with the Producers Guild of America New Media Council. Writer/Producer/Director Tim Kring (creator of the TV Series “Touch” and “Heroes”) was acknowledged as recipient of the award for his innovative project CONSPIRACY FOR GOOD www.conspiracyforgood.com
“Conspiracy For Good is a fictional organisation that is part of an “augmented reality drama” game developed by Heroes creator Tim Kring, funded and technologically-enabled by Nokia and realised by The company P, and over 100 people in production teams in five different countries.
In 2010, London witnessed the launch of the Conspiracy For Good, a radical new form of entertainment called “Social Benefit Storytelling,” which allowed for people to participate inside a fictional story… to do real good in the real world.
The pilot spanned the globe and culminated with 4 weeks of live events and gameplay in London streets.
As a result, the Conspiracy For Good succeeded in building/stocking 5 libraries in Africa, funding 50 scholarships for schoolgirls and generating over 10,000 books for the Zambian libraries through WeGiveBooks.org.
On February 22, 2011 the Conspiracy For Good was nominated for an International Digital Emmy® Award.”