About

The best way to change the future is to change the story we tell ourselves about it. The American Dream is among our most powerful stories about the future – a lodestar for progress, prosperity, and equality that has deep meaning not only in the United States, but all over the world.

The Future of the American Dream Project will seek answers to a series of challenging questions about who we are, what we hope for, and where we’re headed:

  • What’s the future of the American Dream?
  • How do diverse groups of people imagine the American Dream?
  • How can we reimagine the American Dream as a more inclusive story?
  • How will changes in economics, education, and technology lead to new American Dreams?

Futurist Brian David Johnson will explore these questions through a series of interviews, field trips, town halls, videos, podcasts, essays, and more.

In spring 2016, students in the “Future of the American Dream” graduate course at Arizona State University will join the project, researching and reporting on a broad range of visions for the American Dream, both past and present.

Most importantly, we want to hear your ideas: What’s the future of the American Dream? Send us an email or tweet @FutureAmDream.

About Brian David Johnson

Brian David Johnson is a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, the Futurist in Residence at the Center for Science and the Imagination, and a Futurist and Fellow at Frost & Sullivan, a visionary innovation company that’s focused on growth. He also works with governments, militaries, trade organizations, and startups to help them envision their future. He has over 30 patents and is the author of a number of books of fiction and nonfiction, including Science Fiction Prototyping; Screen Future: The Future of Entertainment, Computing and the Devices We Love; Humanity and the Machine: What Comes After Greed?; and Vintage Tomorrows: A Historian and a Futurist Journey through Steampunk into the Future of Technology. His writing has appeared in publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal and Slate to IEEE Computer and Successful Farming, and he appears regularly on Bloomberg TV, PBS, Fox News, and the Discovery Channel. He has directed two feature films, and is an illustrator and commissioned painter. Send Brian an email or tweet @BDJFuturist.