There are three different ways to submit your genius future-thinks:

1. Submit to this website

You can submit your ideas through this site using the Submit feature. You can also post on your own social media platforms — just be sure to use the #BacktotheFutureCampaign hashtag or send us the link so that we can reblog!

We know you’re already dreaming big, and this applies to the format of your submission as well! You could write a futuristic Bill of Rights, paint how your community will look in 30 years, make a confessional-style video from the future – heck, do nearly anything, just use your imagination to think of an outside-the-box future (or how the past might have been different), and then share it with us. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Uploading to YouTube

Make your video around 2 minutes long (try to keep it under 3 minutes) and upload it to YouTube using the following title format:

Back to the Future Campaign | [Your Title]

This will help us find your video! We won’t be able to see it/share it/discover your creative awesomeness, otherwise! In addition, tweet it at us @ImagineBetter and use #BacktotheFutureCampaign.

Text, art, video, song, dance, poetry – submit in any way that you can think of! After all, where we’re going, we don’t need roads. or roadblocks to creativity.

Rev it up to 88mph

To travel through time, you have to put the pedal to the metal at 88mph. Do the same for your future-visions! Host a party with your friends, family, or community members where everyone can construct one giant, amazing, expansive future. Then, submit it to the time capsule so everyone can revel in the super-mega-awesome future you’ve created.

2. Imagination through Conversation

You can record and submit conversations about the future to StoryCorps via the official StoryCorps app. The StoryCorps app is a vehicle (like the DeLorean) that helps us reach the future together (even Marty and Doc didn’t fly solo)! Stories shared via the StoryCorps app will be archived to both the archives and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. A very select few of these stories can be turned into animations.

Anyone with access to a smartphone or computer. The app can be downloaded for a phone or for a desktop, available on Apple and Android. Conversations or stories can be recorded anywhere and in any language.

1. Log in on the App

Follow the prompts on the app to create a short, easy profile so that you’ll be able to upload your conversation when it’s finished.

2. Choose a “Partner in Creativity”

Identify who you might want to talk to and what you’re interested in hearing about. Invite that person to chat with you. Create a conversation (“interview” in app-speak) by giving it a title.

Possible Partners in Creativity could include:

  • Friends
  • Family
  • Classmates
  • Coworkers
  • Anyone who wants to share their vision for the future, or even what they are doing to bring that ideal future into reality!
  • Visitors to an event that you host

3. Make a List of Questions

Decide what to talk about. Select the questions you want to ask in the app and associate them with your conversation, or write your own questions! Think about how long the conversation might last.

Need some ideas?
The StoryCorps App/TEDPrize team helped us develop these questions:

  • How do you wish that the past had been different?
  • How would you like to be remembered?
  • What does your future hold?
  • Where will we be in 10 years? 20 years?
  • What lessons have you learned from your relationships?
  • What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
  • If you could do anything now, what would you do? Why?
  • What lessons has your work life taught you?
  • Do you believe in the after-life? What do you think it will be like?
  • What gives you hope for the future?
  • How can we make the world a better place for the next generation?
  • If you could invent one thing to make the future a better place, what would it be and why?
  • What would the world be like if we all lived forever?

4. Practice

Try the app out. Make a test interview to get started. Before the interview, try a few test recordings on yourself. Remember that this is a simple conversation between you and your interview partner – there’s no pressure for it to be perfect!

5. Find a Place and Time

Find a time when you can be in a relaxed, and quiet place with your Partner in Creativity. Small to medium-sized rooms with carpeting, furniture, and soft surfaces that absorb noise make for the best recordings. Avoid large rooms that may echo, and noisy spaces.

6. Press record!

Ask questions and listen to the story your interview partner has decided to share with you and with the world.

7. Upload & Tag Your Story with #BacktotheFutureDay

Follow the prompts in the app to upload your story – be sure to tag it #BacktotheFutureCampaign so that we can find it!

3. Note to Self

Write a letter to yourself – but there’s a catch! This letter is from your year-2045 self to your now-self. Describe what your life is like and the steps that you took to get there. Have you created a real-life time machine like Doc Brown? Are you a world-famous fashion designer who single-handedly brought Marty McFly’s puffy vests back in style? Have you found a way to close the income gap (and temper Biff’s ego)? Write about how you’ve spent the last 30 years and how you began that journey to world-changer status.

Submit these letters to us here and let us know on the form whether we can publish your letter publicly.

Rev it up to 88mph

Get together with a group of friends and write a collective letter. What will you have done together by 2045? How will you have made the world more just and wonderful?

On October 21, 2016, we’ll send your letter back to you – and you can see whether you made any steps toward your goals! (Hint: we bet you have).