Insights · September 25th, 2012

This weekend I had the privilege of attending an exciting and relatively new endeavor called the State of the Arts 2012 Symposium in the Vortex Dome at LA Center Studios.  Held by c3: Center for Conscious Creativity, the purpose of this symposium is to foster creative and innovative ideas from various arts communities that intend to put them into action, and awaken a new kind of future for all of us.

Joining creativity scientists like Dr. Robert Bilder with mindfulness educators like Diana Winston, this event is brimming with possibilities that push the boundaries of what is possible when art frolics with the future. Almost every type of art has a representative at this event. Dr. David Lindsay Wright represents the future of film by combining his international expertise in Futures Studies and filmmaking. Be on the lookout for his newest project, f3, which is sure to raise awareness and cultivate innovation through film on a global scale. Psychologist and  video game  creator Dana Klisanin is cooking up a revolutionary game that turns playtime into an opportunity to make a real impact on the world’s most complex challenges. Cyberhero League  will soon be launching an Indiegogo campaign, so don’t miss your chance to support the development of the game and ultimately, the world.

From video games, to film festivals, to dance performances, storytelling is a big theme throughout the symposium, as most art can be interpreted as a form of storytelling. According to Sandra de Castro Buffington, Director of Hollywood Health & Society, TV storylines can and should be used as a method to reach out to society. Writing television shows with a purpose in mind truly does make an impact on the future.  Hollywood Health & Society uses research and industry outreach to create storylines that portray real world experiences. Through these storylines, writers are able to embed valuable messages  about important health and social issues, oftentimes offering resources and solutions to the public.

These are just a few of the exciting artistic projects that are being born and bred right now to enact real change for a better future. A special thanks to c3 Founder Kate McCallum for her dedication to keeping this stimulating symposium alive- now let’s bring it up to Seattle!

Writer: Mallory Smith worked as Program Manager & Administrator at

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Nikolas Badminton – Chief Futurist

Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas is the Chief Futurist of the Futurist Think Tank. He is world-renowned futurist speaker, a Fellow of The RSA, and has worked with over 300 of the world’s most impactful companies to establish strategic foresight capabilities, identify trends shaping our world, help anticipate unforeseen risks, and design equitable futures for all. In his new book – ‘Facing Our Futures’ – he challenges short-term thinking and provides executives and organizations with the foundations for futures design and the tools to ignite curiosity, create a framework for futures exploration, and shift their mindset from what is to WHAT IF…

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