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What is the future of the American Dream?

We need to hear from you. What kind of future do you want? What kind of future do you want to avoid? Tell us and join the conversation.

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Brian David Johnson is a Professor of Practice in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University and is leading a team of faculty and students conducting research on the future of the American Dream. We invite you to participate in our study by responding to the question, What is the future of the American Dream? Your response to this question may be used in reports, presentations, or publications but your name will not be used. There are no foreseeable risks to your participation. We will not collect personal information on you and we will keep your response anonymous. If you have any questions regarding the research study please contact the research team at If you have any questions regarding your rights as a subject/participant in this research please contact the Chair of the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board, through the ASU Office of Research Integrity and Assurance, at (480) 965-6788.


Tips and Tricks

  • Keep it short and precise.  Ask people to fill in this phrase:
    • My name is ________ I’m from _________ and I think the future of the American Dream is ______________________
    • Keep it to about 30 to 60 seconds so we can share as many dreams as possible.
  •  If you are shooting video make sure their is enough light to see the eyes of the person you are getting on video.
  • MOST IMPORTANT: Record the video in a place that it quiet.  If we can’t hear the person we won’t be able to hear their dream.
  • It’s helpful to let the person practice once or twice.  None of us are TV personalities and getting it right takes a little time.  We want each person to express themselves as best they can.