OPEN CALL – GOOD LIVING 2050 CONTEST

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SUBMISSIONS DUE: FEB 15, 2023

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OPEN CALL – FUTURES CONTEST

SUBMISSIONS DUE: FEB 15, 2023

Good Living 2050 contest, better visions of tomorrow. A contest to share your future visions od everyday life. Submit by 15 feb 2023 for a chance to win cash prizes.
Good Living 2050 contest, better visions of tomorrow. A contest to share your future visions od everyday life. Submit by 15 feb 2023 for a chance to win cash prizes.
Good Living 2050 contest, better visions of tomorrow. A contest to share your future visions od everyday life. Submit by 15 feb 2023 for a chance to win cash prizes.

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You are invited to create compelling visions of sustainable, just, and achievable futures. Policymakers, scientists, business and community leaders, and citizens are asking for these visions. What does a good life look like that our planet can support?

You can make your visions inspiring by exploring the everyday experiences of real people living on Earth in all our diversity. Be positive and also complex. Don’t shy away from global challenges and what we already know about our futures.

You can help shape our actions today through your visions of tomorrow.

Are you in? 

Submit visual(s) and a short text by 15 Feb 2023.

You can send up to four visuals that tell a story or show different aspects of future daily living.

Winners and runners up will be announced in March 2023.
 

First prize: USD $5,000

Second prize: USD $3,000

Third prize: USD $2,000

First prize: USD $5,000

Second prize: USD $3,000

Third prize: USD $2,000

First prize: USD $5,000

Second prize: USD $3,000

Third prize: USD $2,000

Submissions

To participate in the contest, please review the requirements below. You may submit up to four (4) images showing your vision(s) of “Good Living 2050,” plus a brief explanatory text, via the online application form. The deadline for submissions is midnight on 15 February 2023 (Pacific Time).

Image Requirements

Specifications

  • Two-dimensional digital image – can be a collage, assemblage, multi-perspective, painting, comic strip style, digital artwork, augmented photograph, etc. 
  • High-resolution (300ppi) JPEG or PNG image, max. 3300px x 5100px (A3 / 11in x 17in)
  • Max. 10 GB upload per submission

Image requirements

 

  • Images must include at least two humans interacting with each other and/or with the natural environment.
  • Images must show or allude to the systems (energy, food, transport, etc.) that play a role in the functioning of your future world.
  • Images must be easy to recognise as an image of the future, without the supporting text.
  • Images must be located within Earth’s atmosphere and physical reality (i.e., not in space or virtual worlds).
  • At least one image should depict scenes from a human eye-level perspective. Avoid top-down or helicopter views unless you are providing a ‘zoom-out’ perspective in one or two of your 4 visuals – see multiple images note below.
  • Each image should capture as much of your vision as possible, so it can be interpreted easily by people of varying literacy or language abilities.
  • If submitting multiple images, the images should relate to one another (e.g., different time frames, different perspectives, different societal or systemic levels, ‘zoom in’ on everyday living and ‘zoom out’ to show the support systems, etc.)

Text Requirements

 Specifications

  • Approximately 50 words at minimum. No more than 2500 characters (approximately 500 words)
  • In English. Please use translation software if needed 
  • If enclosing additional reference images or links, please upload and include credits

Finalists may be asked to reformat or further develop their text for external circulation.

 

Text requirements

The aim of the text is to provide a supplementary explanation of your image(s). Keep it simple, bullet points are welcome. Successful images will be able to stand on their own, but the text must explain: 

  • what is depicted in the image(s) (and, in the case of multiple images, how they relate to one another).
  • how the image(s) represents “good living” in 2050 (compared to the present).
  • how the futures represented in your image(s) emerged from today (3-5 points is sufficient) – explain why this future – e.g., key events, trends, elements that gave rise to the futures shown.
  • how the image(s) goes beyond existing depictions of “typical” futures.

The content of the text is more important than the grammar. If you do not speak English, you may use an online translation service. The text can be approached creatively as long as the themes above are addressed. It can also include an explanation of your thought process and sources of inspiration (please reference any outside material you include). 

    Entry Rules

    Important Dates:
    Submissions open: Nov 2022
    Submissions close: Feb 15, 2023
    Short list published: Feb 2023
    Winners Announced: March 2023

    • This is an international contest, we encourage submissions from across the globe.
    • You or your team may enter unique submissions up to three (3) times. Only one of a person or team’s multiple submissions will be eligible for the short list. 
    • Images will be disqualified if they contain hateful or explicit speech or depictions.
    • Intellectual property remains with you, the creator. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted about details regarding image use and distribution. 
    • Images that do  not make the short list may still be considered for future use in international publications or presentations. In these cases, a representative from the Beacon for Sustainable Living or Urban Futures Studio will contact you for licensing details. 
    • Submissions that do not meet the image and text requirements may be disqualified.
    • You may adapt or use images that you have developed for previous contests or exhibitions, provided that you clearly explain the history of the images (including their funding source if relevant) in your supplementary text.
    • If you are submitting as a group, monetary prizes will be allocated to the primary contact.

    Judging Criteria

     Our jury will evaluate the submissions based on the following weighting of points:

    • Does the submission depict an original, compelling vision of “good living” in 2050? (30 points)
    • Is the submission consistent with what we already know about 2050 (see our 5 Guidelines and References in the brief)? (20 points)
    • Does the submission fill the gaps and go beyond what we’re “typically” seeing in depictions of the future? (20 points)
    • Is the supplementary text well thought out and clear? (15 points)
    • Is the image professionally crafted and visually appealing? (15 points)

    The Jury

    Masaki Iwabuchi

    Strategic Design Futurist, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Visiting Associate Professor, Tohoku University. Design researcher, strategist and educator focusing on speculative and pluriversal inquiries for meaningful transitions.

    Geci Karuri-Sebina

    Visiting Associate Professor, Wits School of Governance. Adjunct Professor, University of Cape Town’s African Centre for Cities. Scholar-Practitioner learning about people, place & technological change.

    Manisha Anantharaman

    Associate Professor of Justice, Community and Leadership, St. Mary’s College of California. Associate Fellow, Chatham House: Environment and Society Programme. Scholar-educator connecting sustainable living and social justice.

    Stuart Candy

    Director of the Situation Lab and Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Advisor, NASA Jet Propulsion Labratory. Experiential futurist amplifying the future-shaping capacities of under-served communities and organisations.

    Sonia Maria Dias

    Global Waste Specialist, WIEGO. Associate Researcher, Women’s Research Studies Center (NEPEM) at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Sociologist integrating social aspects into the technical planning of waste collection and recycling.

    Dingha Chrispo Babila

    Committee Member of SWS Africa Regional Chapter and the Divisional Focal Point for Climate Change in the Cameroon Red Cross. Award-winning sustainability scientist researching community engagement in wetland resource management.

    Nicole-Anne Boyer

    Strategic Foresight Expert, NOW Partners. Senior Associate, OneEarth Living. Systems change futurist and facilitator cultivating adaptive skills and resilient actions in a rapidly changing world. 

    The Jury

    Masaki Iwabuchi

    Strategic Design Futurist, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Visiting Associate Professor, Tohoku University. Design researcher, strategist and educator focusing on speculative and pluriversal inquiries for meaningful transitions.

    Manisha Anantharaman

    Associate Professor, St. Mary’s College of California. Associate Fellow, Chatham House: Environment and Society Programme. Scholar-Educator connecting Sustainable Living and Social Justice.

    Geci Karuri-Sebina

    Visiting Associate Professor, Wits School of Governance. Adjunct Professor, University of Cape Town’s African Centre for Cities. Scholar-Practitioner learning about people, place & technological change.

    Sonia Maria Dias

    Global Waste Specialist, WIEGO. Associate Researcher, Women’s Research Studies Center (NEPEM) at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Sociologist specializing in the social aspects of waste collection and sustainable livelihoods.

    Stuart Candy

    Director of the Situation Lab and Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Advisor, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Experiential futurist navigating alternative futures.

    Dingha Chrispo Babila

    Committee Member of SWS Africa Regional Chapter and the Divisional Focal Point for Climate Change in the Cameroon Red Cross. Award-winning sustainability scientist researching community engagement in wetland resource management.

    Nicole-Anne Boyer

    Strategic Foresight Expert, NOW Partners. Senior Associate, OneEarth Living. Strategic Foresight Expert, NOW Partners. Senior Associate, OneEarth Living. Systems change futurist and facilitator cultivating adaptive skills and resilient actions in a rapidly changing world. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Is there a fee to submit?
      No, submission is free. 
    • When are submissions due?
      Submissions are accepted until February 15, 2023, 11:59 PM PST
    • When do winner announcements begin?
      Shortlisted candidates will be contacted in February 2023. Finalists will be announced in March, 2023.
    • I live in [Africa / Antarctica / Asia / Australia / Europe / North America / South America], can I submit?
      Yes, this is an international contest and we welcome submissions from across the globe.
    • English is not my first language, can I submit in another language?
      We encourage international submissions, but text components must be submitted in English. We are not looking for perfect grammar, please use a free translation service if needed. If your image is selected, we will aid in editing your text in English if necessary.
    • Can I submit multiple times?
      Yes, you can submit up to three different entries.
    • I forgot to add something to my submission, what do I do?
      Please resubmit your work through the submission form, and email us at beacon4sl@oneearthweb.org to let us know which submission is correct.
    • What happens to the Intellectual Property of my image?
      The Beacon for Sustainable Living does not retain Intellectual Property of initial submissions, meaning the rights remain with you. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted about the compensation for use of their images beyond finalist prizes.
    • I’m submitted as part of a team, will the prize money be split equally among us?
      The prize money will be awarded to the team’s primary contact. It is the primary contact’s responsibility to distribute prize money to team members.
    • I cannot access the submission form in my country. How can I submit?
      If you do not have access to our submission form in your country, please email us at beacon4sl@oneearthweb.org with:
      • Your name and contact information
      • The name of your team members
      • 1 to 4 images
      • Supporting text (50 – 500 words)
      •  Citations to any references used in your work. (max 250 words)

      • The submitted images remain the intellectual property of the creator unless shortlisted. By emailing us your submission, you are consenting to the Beacon for Sustainable Living, the Urban Futures Studio and affiliates to use your image(s), if shortlisted to be one of the 15 finalists, on their websites and to promote Good Living 2050 and related contests in future.

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    Good Living 2050

    Good Living 2050 is brought to you by the Beacon for Sustainable Living, led by OneEarth Living and the Hot or Cool Institute. Our partners and funders include the Urban Futures Studio and the KR Foundation.

    About the Beacon

    The Beacon for Sustainable Living is an initiative supporting those leading the way on sustainable everyday living. Together, OneEarth, Hot or Cool, and a team of international experts identify creative strategies and approaches to living well within our ecological footprints. Our goal is to achieve transformations in our ways of living to align with 1.5 degree targets and ecological limits. We aim to support fair and just transitions that improve individual and societal wellbeing.

    The Beacon for Sustainable Living is grateful for the generous funding by the KR Foundation.