Found Futures: Postcards From The Future (2007) Favorite 

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Date: 

May 30 2007

Location: 

Hawaii

Postcards from four different versions of Hawaii circa 2030 were mailed out serially to the homes of over 100 community leaders.

"On Monday, it was an official (non-diplomatic) invitation from the sovereign "Commonwealth of Hawai'i".
On Tuesday came a promotional flyer, in the form of a vintage Hawaiian postcard, from a virtual reality company advertising a trademarked, immersive electronic version of the mythical "Blue Hawaii" of the 01960s.
On Wednesday, a souvenir postcard appeared from the Two Seasons Underwater Hotel and Casino, adjacent to the East-West Maui Bridge in buzzing "Mauihattan".
Finally, Thursday brought a plea for help addressed to the United Nations, headquartered in China, on behalf of a beleaguered Hawaii suffering from mob rule and guerrilla warfare in the wake of Hurricane Cyrus."

"This was an experimental exercise in "ambient foresight" -- bringing alternative futures to the streets, and into people's lives in unexpected ways. The signs so far encourage us to think that this modest effort did indeed prompt a degree of reflection on the part of recipients, about the various directions Hawaii could take over the next generation or so."

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