FutureVision Award

The c3: FutureVision Award Since 2011, the c3 has awarded a c3: FutureVision Award to an individual or project that reflects the mission of the c3 to create a better future through arts and media.  Recipients are selected who show outstanding work in their medium.

Past recipients include:

The New Thinking Allowed Channel

Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove and The New Thinking Allowed

The New Thinking Allowed channel on YouTube has been active for the past eight years featuring content about philosophy, psychology, health, science, and spirituality — with a strong emphasis on parapsychology, the esoteric, and the paranormal. Host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. He is the recipient of a doctorate in “Parapsychology” from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the Grand Prize winner of the Bigelow Institute essay competition regarding postmortem survival of human consciousness. CoHost, Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L, is an intuitive healer and health coach based in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is the author of Intuitive Development: How to Trust Your Inner Knowing for Guidance With Relationships, Health, and Spirituality. www.newthinkingallowed.org


The Museum of Lost Wonder

Museum of Lost Wonder

Artist and writer, Jeff Hoke, brings esoteric history and concepts to life in the whimsical, yet very informative storyworld of THE MUSEUM OF LOST WONDER.  In addition to his years as a museum curator and exhibit designer, Jeff’s interest and study of the perennial wisdom, alchemy, the mystery schools, etc. all comes to life in these magical fictional realms.




From VR headsets to apps and fulldome, technology is helping us achieve meditative states.  The 2021 FutureVision Award goes to Nanea Reeves, CEO and Co-Founder of TRIPP, Inc. for her innovative work in transformative tech. TRIPP is no mere meditation app, TRIPP is a fully conscious experience.

Nanea Reeves

Visit www.tripp.com.

Immersive Arts and the Science of Happiness

While we’ve not yet hosted The STATE OF THE ARTS 2020: Immersive Arts and the Science of Happiness due to COVID, we want to honor musician and creator, James Hood for his work in this space. The award-winning fulldome show, MESMERICA, has been a testimony to James’ commitment to the creation and distribution of music and art that transforms. The show opened in the Fall of 2018 and was played in over 33 venues in North America prior to COVID. It’s now opening internationally in Dunedin, New Zealand and will continue to be distributed into the future as more theaters become available. For more information about James and the show visit www.mesmerica.com.

A.I. for Good & Music that Transforms

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.

FutureVision 2015
Transformational Power of Virtual Reality

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.

FutureVision 2014
Mindfulness In the Virtual World

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.

FutureVision 2013

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.

About Futurestates

American society is in the midst of some of the most profound and fastest-moving change in its relatively short history. We face a paradox of great challenges and great opportunities. In response to this rapidly shifting landscape, the Independent Television Service (ITVS) asked both renowned and emerging filmmakers to make their voices heard – to take the current state of affairs in the United States, and extrapolate them into stories of the nation in the not-so-distant future. The result is FUTURESTATES, a series of groundbreaking digital shorts and interactive media projects. Each episode presents a different filmmaker’s vision of American society projected forward, fusing an exploration of social issues with elements of speculative and science fiction.  We invite the public to join the discussion about what the future holds:  Will you let it happen, or will you make it happen? Nothing is inevitable but the future…

Futurevision Award 2012 FutureVision 2012
Mythic Challenges

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.

FutureVision 2011
Conspiracy for Good

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conspiracy_For_Good states:

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.”