Scenario Land: Bringing the Future to Life through Fiction & Scenarios

October 15 2008 / by Alvis Brigis
Category: Other   Year: General   Rating: 3

Hello All & Welcome to Scenario Land!

Ever since I got hip to the reality of accelerating change I’ve been working to bridge that understanding to the masses. My string of efforts have included blogging, working with the Acceleration Studies Foundation on their powerful conference series and Metaverse Roadmap Project:, pitching TV shows about the future (in addition to Augmented Reality space adventures – think Big Brother meets Space Balls), and co-launching MemeBox with fellow futurist Jeff Hilford.

And now the real fun begins…

This blog, Scenario Land, is the culmination of my burning drive to make futurism more accessible to the people who just don’t have the time nor the interest to pore through awesome books like Mega Trends, The Fourth Turning, and The Singularity is Near. The intent is to strike a balance between entertainment and technical trend analysis, establishing a portal where creative and critical thinkers alike can engage the future together.

It’s a place where you can fearlessly share your thoughts on the world of tomorrow. Whether your strength lies in narrative story-telling, essay writing, illustration, composite imaging, comics, video, machinima or elsewhere, Scenario Land is a broadcast platform that can amplify your visions of the future. If you’ve got a big imagination and a desire to debate the road ahead, this is the place to make that happen.

I plan on using it to evolve my simulation of the future and sincerely hope you will do the same.

As a branch of MemeBox’s FutureBlogger network, Scenario Land overlaps with other future-focused sister blogs including The Energy Roadmap, edited by the one and only Garry Golden and Future of Gadgets (launching soon – big shout out to fellow partner in crime John Heylin). This unique system will let Scenario Land retain a unique playful voice while also its amplifying reach and inviting valuable technical perspectives from other niche focus areas.

As Jeff, our CEO, puts it, “Change is accelerating, making it increasingly difficult to envision the futures ahead of us. So our goal here at MemeBox is to create a rich, interactive playground that allows you to explore various trends and tomorrows. – Scenario Land is a key part of our growing ecosystem where people can fearlessly speculate about and debate all things future.”

Thus, I encourage you all to get in on the debate by challenging all of us with your unique vision(s) of the future. The best way to help bring about the tomorrow you see in your head is to actively communicate it and then fight to the death defending it. Scenario Land is the forum where all this action is about to go down.

So, bring on the future, and let me know how I can help bring your visions to life!
-Alvis

Comment Thread (6 Responses)

  1. Alvis,

    This is a great idea, well done. You should urge everyone participating to put thoughts out on the nitty gritty of people’s lives—there’s nothing more powerful in getting people to feel future possibilities than to show daily life in the mix.

    Looking forward….

    Posted by: jbmahaffie   October 15, 2008
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  2. Thanks for the kind words John. Your thoughts re: personal futures are right on the mark. Slice of life scenarios will compose a big part of the Scenario Land conglomerate. I can’t wait to hear your reactions to some of the pieces that we’ve got lined up.

    Posted by: Alvis Brigis   October 15, 2008
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  3. Alvis:

    Congrats on this bold and much needed venture. I look forward to participating as well as having my own thinking stimulated.

    Jack

    Posted by: juldrich   October 15, 2008
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  4. Alvis,

    You have mail, and just to publicly reiterate the issue, the rest of us really need a submissions style guide. If only for the lazy among us (cough me cough) to avoid extensive re-writes. :)

    Along this line of enquiry, and specific to the FB platform, what is your initial position on riffing off of other FB poster’s work? Jack Uldrich has a new (as of this date, at least) post up regarding a training VR system and AI research. I commented, but could easily see a short story developed from that. Lot’s of potential proprietary issues involved with this example as well as commercial copyright questions, I think (IANAL either :)).

    Guidance, O Great Leader?

    :)

    Posted by: Will   October 15, 2008
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  5. @ Will – I am working on a style guide and hope to have it up in a day or two. Good call on that.

    As far as riffing off other FB poster’s work, I strongly encourage direct reactions to pieces and building on the shoulders of giants. Just use common sense when attributing and quoting. If the piece is a derivative of general ideas out in the ether then all is well. If the piece is a heavy copy of a particular unique post, then I’d suggest ascertaining permission to create such a derivative work directly from the author in a comment thread. Generally speaking, if in doubt contact the person, and always cite and link heavily. The same rules that apply to the blogosphere apply here.

    That said, I’ll have some conversations about any such issues and will eventually include the results of those in the style guide as well.

    If ever you’re having trouble contacting someone directly please let me know as they may be in my inbox. And always let me know how I can further clarify, help creatively or in any other way.

    Posted by: Alvis Brigis   October 15, 2008
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  6. Another great addition to the MemeBox network! An excellent outlet for many a futurist mind and the mighty Alvis B!

    Posted by: Jeff Hilford   October 15, 2008
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