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Your Memory of the Future

by C:F Team on 3rd November, 2014 at 9:10 AM CEST

A memory is never the precise duplicate of the original. What once used to be a real-time event, a real-time conversation or a real-time imagination, after few hours have already started to fade away. The room where the event took place once all full with chairs, tables, spoons, pictures, people, books, now is but a blurred image of barely few things.

The literary theorist Rennate Lachman in her work “Phantasia / Memoria / Rhetorica” puts it in the following words: “Memory is never a precise duplicate of the original… it is a continual act of creation. Dream images are the product of that creation.”

Within this special editorial edition at the Challenge:Future platform, the editorial board sets forth a small, but meaningful challenge for you! Gloria from Ghana, Winnie from Indonesia, Udoka from Nigeria, Stefan from Macedonia and Jatin from India invite you to share your personal memory from the future.

How you do that?

Use a quiet moment when your mind is peaceful and recall a picture of yourself walking downtown 10 years from now. Some good things and some bad things have occurred in your city in the past 10 years. Old places you loved are now destroyed. Some new buildings have taken their place and you don’t have any special feelings for them. Recall the same feeling as if you have been out from your home for a very long time.

Nevertheless, in 2024, many things have gotten better anyway. There is this new big super-market that sells only organic food. Many realms of the city have been now turned into gardens where citizen do some farming themselves; traffic has been decreased; everyone is on the bike… So much new memories… so many new images… dream images...

Therefore, get in the creative mood and do recall your dream images of your city! In a comment bellow, don’t be shy to share your memory (optimal length: 200 words). C:F editors will pick three best contributions and prep small surprises for each.

This special editorial challenge is opened through the whole month of November! 

Cheers!

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Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

oooh its amazing challenge for all CFs

3rd November, 2014 @ 10:52 AM CEST

Maria Steinsson

Maria Steinsson

Who goes first? :)

4th November, 2014 @ 9:26 AM CEST

Stefan Alievikj

Stefan Alievikj | C:F staff

For instance, it's summer of 2024 and I remember people going to work by bike. The bike route through Skopje is finally functioning. The city has finally reached its bicycle culture. Less cars. Clear air. The parks were also revitalized. I was also off to work that July morning. My bike was down in the public garden. There was no need to unlock it, as if would someone wanted to steal it, the alarm would go out and loud in the night and that would signalize the whole realm there is a thief. Strange as it may seem... I took my bike and saw the first shop with 100% shampoo organic opened on the corner of the street. It was lovely sunny day after many days of thunder and turbulent weather. There was no need to take the umbrella for me and the bike.

8th November, 2014 @ 11:49 PM CEST

Angela Ferrari

Angela Ferrari

It's the winter of 2024. I wonder if snow will be covering our streets by Christmas this year. Last year it didn't.
I was happy anyway, the lights in the streets were automated so they were lighting up and changing colours just as someone was passing by,
Christmas is celebrated differently than when I was younger, but it felt nice. We met all our relatives and neighbours in a common room in the neighborhood and it was nice to have loads of time to chat. Since now everyone is telecommuting people have more time for family, you work by following your passion.
The city is more friendlier, there are lots of parks and playground, but there are also more automated services, such as the recycling one. Yeah, we still do recycle our wastes, we just don't do it manually. We have an automated sensor in each garbage bin that separate everything.
Car pollution has also been reduced..owning a gas car is such a thing of the past. Everyone drives an electrical one, it's cheaper both on my wallet and on the environment.
It means also better food, because even if we live in a "scientific time" so to called it, we have gone back to a more armonious way of living. We eat organic, not because it's a trend, it's because there a real benefit for our bodies.
And we also live cashless, always with our cards ready, because you can actually pay with real money on the internet! Money flows from one bank account to another, without being seen once! Money bills are known only to collectors.

18th November, 2014 @ 10:04 PM CEST

MITRAJIT BISWAS

MITRAJIT BISWAS

I am travelling on the road in where there used to be a lot of local tea shops which are no more there.It has now all changed and instead there are the new fancy cafes .People who used to hang out at the local tea shops discussing on important or trivial matters of life has also changed.Instead it is more of fancy people now with the new generation .Definitely the roads are the same but the streets are now more cleaner with illuminated lights of led which had replaced the dim old lights which had own appeal..i feel lost sometimes as i wander back past the streets recollecting the old memories.

19th November, 2014 @ 2:34 AM CEST

Maria Steinsson

Maria Steinsson

Reykjavik is rewarded for the world most smart capital this winter. It stands as a symbol of the capital that has 0 percentage of pollution. Therefor, the Mayor has decided to celebrate to mark this milestone in 2024. All governmental buildings are painted green and people can enter and buy fruits and vegetables and ice cream and therefor donate to the fund supporting Overseas 0 Pollution Initiatives. Overseas 0 Pollution Initiative also have its HQ in Reykjavik. They sell figurines of carbon clouds so people can memorize the damage we have caused to our planet by producing such toxic gases....

Love from Iceland
Maria

25th November, 2014 @ 3:12 PM CEST

sahril kasim

sahril kasim

i come from a very small town in the east Indonesia. Ambon, the capital city of Maluku Province. the city where one of the "world peace Gong" is located. as a post conflict city, a view years ago Ambon had many destroyed and burnt-buildings like offices and houses. the city was full of a mess and dirty. but thanks God, that today in 2024, i becoming a very proud Ambonesse because my motherland has been totally transformed as a very stunning, clean yet conducive city. which is leads us to get an "Adipura ( a highest reward in environment) as a clean city of the year along with some other cities in Indonesia.

at last but not least, i would like to give my highest appreciation for the government and all the citizens for such a good corporation to take care of the environment, for taught us how to process our trash and not littering anywhere and provide a very good staffs to take care of the clean of the city, and the success to create the dreamed we wanted ten years ago.

26th November, 2014 @ 4:21 PM CEST

Stefan Alievikj

Stefan Alievikj | C:F staff

@Maria , @Sahril, it feels as if like humanity we are never to leave our sense of celebration... regardless climate issues, regardless pressing global problems, we will always celebrate our milestones and that is I guess a good thing... totally natural. This was something I was able to sense whilst reading your 'memories of the future'

27th November, 2014 @ 2:07 PM CEST

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