Commemorate World Futures Day: Speak Future #SPKFUTR

The Association of Professional Futurists (APF) will commemorate World Future Day 2017 with an experiment in crowdsourcing an ode to the future.

This will run for 24 hours from midnight, 12:01 AM , UTC+14 MARCH 1st to midnight 11:59 PM UTC-11.

Thomas Jefferson once said. “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”

On this Future Day 2017, we invite Futurists the world over to share their dreams of the future in poetry.

FUTURE DAY POETRY HACKATHON –
A “hackathon” might be defined as:
1) creative problem solving. (It does not have to be about technology.) and
2) any event of any duration where people come together to solve problems
In the Future Day Poetry Hackathon, we will gather online to create a collective Poem of our collective dream of the futures and about how we solved the problems of the next 15-20 years. The poem should be set between 2030 and 2040 but written so that the narrator is looking back to the 2020s.

THE THEME: An ode to our odyssey through the 2020s

HASHTAG: #SPKFUTR

THE RULES:
Participants are asked to add entries no shorter than 140 characters and no longer than 140 words.
The title Speak Future (#SPKFUTR) is taken from the opening line of the Odyssey as translated by Stanley Lombardo who was alluding to the title of Vladimir Nabokov’s autobiography.

SPEAK, MEMORY—
Of the cunning hero,
The wanderer, blown off course time and again
After he plundered Troy’s sacred heights.

Please use the hashtag, #SPKFUTR, at the beginning or end of your post.  If you wish to post your entry as a 140 word blog, simply post a link to your blog post on Twitter or Facebook along with the hashtag #SPKFUTR. Feel free to also share a link to yourself performing your original poetry either on Facebook Live or on YouTube.

You may also want to visit our Twub http://twubs.com/spkfutr. Be sure to follow our Twitter feed https://twitter.com/profuturists and join our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/168118196684185/.

All entries whether on Twitter, Facebook, or blog MUST start or end with the hashtag #SPKFUTR.