What is the Future Project?
The Future Project's mission is to ensure all people are living lives of passion and purpose.
The Future Project has 35+ Dream Directors working in public high schools across seven states. The Dream Director works with the young people and the adults in the building to create a culture of empowerment and student voice. Dream Directors are exceptional individuals with strong facilitation skills, a mastery of coaching, organizational skills, and resources. They help people to reflect on their passions, develop a sense of purpose, and utilize their talents to build Future Projects.
As the Director of Dream Academy, I am responsible for ensuring that Dream Directors are adequately prepared to do their work, and engage in an ongoing development process. In that capacity, I design products, experiences, and most importantly systems to promote that growth. I'm also the Principal Designer of the Future Project's Lab, which is the team dedicated to constantly iterating upon our theory of change, and in that role, I work with the rest of the team to manifest our collective work in media that meets the intended audience where they are.
When I first joined The Future Project, one of the major challenges was to know what Dream Directors were actually doing all day in schools. We all knew the impact was significant, the question was, what are they doing that's causing that impact.
Logbook is now regularly used by all Dream Directors in the field, to track all engagements and project created by the people they work with. It allows for storing media (pictures, audio, video, and other documents) and provides visual feedback to the user.
Collaboration with Chris Frank and Andy Ogden
Photoshopped Archive Images
Our work is standing on the shoulders of giants from history and fiction. To acknowledge our predecessors and inspirations, I created these images and photoshopped our iconic TFP buttons on their chests. These pictures were then blown up and framed in our Manhattan office.
Intro to dream directing
As the Director of Dream Academy, I was tasked with ensuring that all Dream Directors had access to all the definitions and frameworks they needed on a day-to-day basis. Because the work is most often done not in front of a computer and not in an office, the solution had to come not only in a digital format and not only in a thick textbook. That's where the idea to make a small pocket book came from.
The books were distributed in October and quickly became popular, especially among Dream Directors in their first year. The second edition will be published in the coming summer to reflect updates to the science of our work.
Dream Academy Site
resource for Dream Directors
The Future Project works predominantly in Google Drive, and because of that, for a long time there wasn't a central location for all reference materials for Dream Directors. The Dream Academy site attempts to resolve that.
It contains four sections: The Homeroom, How to Dream Direct, About Dream Academy, and Work with Young People.
Future Project Artifacts
The Future Project's logo was designed by the same person who designed the Obama campaign's Hope logo. The logo appears on nearly all Future Project materials.
So I decided to make some notebooks with the logo on it. The moleskines had the logo laser-etched into the leather, the blue spiral-bound notebooks had the logo screened on.