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Rick DeVos

Founder,
ArtPrize

Grand Rapids, United States

Curiosity and its cousins Exploration, Learning, and Investigation have been at the center of human evolution and history. They will play an even greater role going forward.

Cultivating Curiosity.

Curiosity and its cousins Exploration, Learning, and Investigation have been at the center of human evolution and history. They will play an even greater role going forward.

In the next 100 years, we will continue to develop technologies that give us access to ever-richer information at ever-increasing speed. We will be able to explore environments across time and space as technologies we think of today as central to the “world-building” of gaming become a key method of virtual exploration. The line between seeking out specific pieces of information and individual discovery of information will become very blurred.

We will have methods of education (not schooling, that is very different) that cultivate curiosity. The image and metaphor of a classroom as a chalkboard with rows of desks will give way to the image of the campfire, the forum, and individuals sitting in physical and virtual circles learning from one another.

We will work in physical places that inspire and feed our desire to explore ideas, work, and the world. We will work in organizations that are flexible, collaborative, and built for addressing individual, not bureaucratic, needs.

We will continue to play in many of the ways we always have:  in the water, in fields, and in empty lots. However, a significant part of our play will continue to become more and more extreme. What we call Extreme Sports today morphs into a primary outlet for our human desire to explore space, the ocean depths, and other dangerous frontiers of human experience.

Of course, all of these ideas are vastly understating how different things will be in 100 years. We will be developing tools at an ever-increasing rate and these tools, in turn, change every one of our senses and thus how we live in and experience the world. An accurate idea of what work, play, and life will be like in 100 years is as difficult for me to form with my western, individualistic, written-word-formed mind as it would be for an illiterate serf 1000 years ago to have an accurate idea of what work, play, and life are like today.

Whatever happens though, I really hope that we will have hoverboards.

Rick DeVos Bio:

Rick DeVos is a social entrepreneur. In 2009, he created ArtPrize and is behind other ventures that have a common theme of expanding involvement with creativity and entrepreneurship. ArtPrize was designed to be a simple social experiment to see if artists and the public could engage each other in a new way. The scale and energy of the event rocketed it into debates all over the art world, in urban planning circles and the global press.

Rick graduated from Calvin College in 2004 with a degree in Communications. He lives in Ada with his wife, Melissa, and their daughter, Clara.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for ArtPrize, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce.