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citywide events designed to engage the general public in issues of transportation and urban planning that spur active engagement on the web and culminate in a television series. The future no longer is assumed to hold the promise of a better life. month-long. The 1939 New York World’s Fair featured Futurama. the economy. a vision of a world enabled by transportation and infrastructure.wheelchange Making our future through transportation A series of locally-focused. In the words of the official pamphlet of the fair: . and our security. This was in the middle of the America’s Great Life in motion Depression. Today the American public is consumed with issues of jobs.

this is about how we are going to live. desperately in need of a dream that goes beyond the next quarter or election cycle. WheelChange will morph into a series of television shows about each of the cities combining all of the above. policy makers. In and out of the mind in an hour. Even after leaving town WheelChange will continue to involve interested organizations. for the attentions of the designers. Result: A bottom-up lively energy around a subject that few knew even existed or bothered to think about. Our idea is to engage them where they live. The web is a little like waving your hands and shouting in a crowd. Like chautauquas of days past it will use presentations and entertainment to create a ferment of ideas. born from regular folk. and artists who can help make ideas real. planners. more importantly. individuals and the general public in a web game/competition for prizes and. policy makers and the chains of production that can make this real? Television is too top down. The payoff of each episode is a glimpse of a great idea for our future. wheelchange . finally. WheelChange will be a bit like a traveling circus of sorts that will come to town to plant the seeds of possibilities. challenges and dialogue. Now we are in another economic crisis. Enabled by creativity. designers. planners. And. enhanced and honed by experts in the field and rendered by special effects wizards. So how do we engage the public? How do we allow them access to the architects. You’ll likely attract only those who already know you.After the war America built that vision and it helped propel the American economy to a period of unparalleled prosperity and creativity. technology and values we can create that dream which will inform a march toward a quality of life with equity and respect for our place in the world. enticing an audience with the thrill of the new. After all.

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The truth is much less convenient. Virtues like fuel efficiency and safety used to be bottom line threats to car companies but now are universally treated as competitive advantages. So it will be with new patterns of movement in American and global societies. should be at its center. its purview increasingly begins the moment two locations need to functionally intersect requiring the actual or virtual movement of people. It is a fickle public that decides what comes and what goes. When is this so-called future coming? Cynics would say. WheelChange Network (transportation visionary and practitioner network). goods and services. Discovery Channel (television). Disruptive technologies often force a blurring of boundaries as established businesses move into the future. The network of involved individuals and organizations with a local focus now have a national reach. oil or cars.Six months later the WheelChange competition comes to the end of phase one. architectural plans. It is their story and it is worth watching. helping to visualize this world to come. One year after the rolling transportation revival meeting touched down at the Walmart. It is no longer about product. Our program is complex but with production partners such as IDEO (experience design). While Ford remains very much in the big iron business. sometimes with incredible inertia and other times with a bang. a seeming trivial digital knick-knack. relevant partners could enhance the opportunity. lifestyle. Exxon is becoming an energy company and the major automakers is becoming a transportation company. What WheelChange can be for the major transportation company is a bridge between perception and reality. Nuvana (pervasive gaming). experts introduced and participants congratulated. the television series. “Becoming” is not to say the transition is complete or even pervasive. "Ten years from now and tomorrow it will be ten years from tomorrow". but about larger webs of involvement and influence. witness the changing of Apple Computers name to just Apple. we can help the major transportation company take its rightful place at the forefront of transportation's future. Other seemingly powerful ideas linger on the sidelines leaving critical problems unsolved. WheelChange is a big tent. suggestions for new legislation and even a couple of music videos and a poem. Today it is clear that information technology has done just that to numerous businesses including one of its own. hits the air. WheelChange. However. computers. is documented. of course. Google and/or mobile communication companies could certainly add to the picture. By presenting futures and engaging the public the transportation company can take the role of leader while allowing the public to inform it as to which future and when. wheelchange . Unlike most television this show has a audience on day one. Who could imagine that Twitter born 5 years ago. The major transportation company. energy and transportation. Apple is becoming a lifestyle technology company. Work begins on developing the winners. Everything is. It is about leading AND learning. live and grow are very much the transportation company’s business. How we work. Winners are announced. video documentaries. So could design software companies like Autodesk. The site contains kids drawings. photoshopped neighborhood makeovers. would be instrumental in toppling decades-old regimes in the Middle East.

Dan’s track record of creating his own small car company allows him to be very well received from groups of students of all ages when making presentations. and more. has supported many different types of clients in developing custom mobility solutions as well as working to create new mobility technologies (and services). Dan led seminars at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. This led him to work for diverse employers such as General Motors (Design Staff). This led Dan to design a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV). Automobile Magazine. GOOD. For example. As we enter a new era of personal empowerment. Unable to _nd a manufacturer to build his design. Museum of Modern Art’s Symposium on the Future of the Automobile. and has worked for the most innovative new smart ride company. More recently. GEM currently enjoys 90% market share. Dan began to broaden his focus from vehicle design to that of designing new urban mobility systems in 1997 when he joined the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC-Davis. Dan working as an independent consultant. Throughout all of Dan’s career. he has made presentations to students and the larger general public on the opportunity for them to be a part of inventing our new mobility future. CALSTART (which connected Dan to leading transit innovators in the US). Dan has long focused on whole-systems solutions to our urban mobility challenges. Internationally recognized. (When he asks students how many of them would like to start their own car company – every hand undoubtedly goes up!) In 2000. General Motors’ Advanced Concepts Center. Dan had focused on the gap in personal vehicle options between limited utility motorscooters and more capable automobiles. DIY culture and Maker Faires. Dan has made speeches on three continents. he formed the world’s first NEV company and brought the vehicle to market in 1995. Wired.BIO DAN STURGES Trained as an automotive designer. Dan has created custom sustainable mobility solutions for several of the largest new residential communities in California. Working with the United States’ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). leading to over 20 million gallons of gasoline saved. John Hopkins University. designed in 1993. has been a lasting design and remains in production today. Avego. has sold 50. supported Southern California’s Association of Governments (SCAG) work in multimobility. Dan was chosen as the Mobility Instructor for Target Corporation’s National Design Camp for high school students. among others. Dan’s NEV. frogdesign (where Dan gained exposure to a larger world of industrial and emergent interactive design). among others. spoken at TED. His work has been written about in the Wall Street Journal. There he initiated his work on developing smart multi-modal mobility systems and launched North America’s first New Mobility program. Dan serves on the United States Transportation Research Board’s Committee on New Public Transportation Systems and Technologies (AP020). In the same time period. and has often made presentations to K-12 and University level students over the past 20 years. designed transportation systems concepts for an extremely large recreational park in Florida. . Earlier in his career. Dan and his partners were successful in establishing the only new category of motor vehicle to be approved for US streets since NHTSA was founded in 1971. The company is now owned by Polaris Industries and marketed under the Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) brand.000 units.

Drew has been called on to consult about the future of television for Disney. Nike. Drew has created television spots for Coca-Cola. VH1. Microsoft. interface design and navigation architecture for clients such as Excite. and Levi’s. loction-based media for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. music videos for Prince. conceptual experience design for the Museum of Tollerence and a transportion newco for Ford. a company he founded with Gary Gutierrez in 1976. They include the development of branding. Honda. Budweiser. Real Networks and Replay Networks. an attraction/studio for MTV. (Colossal) spearheaded the transformation of broadcast ID’s into branded interstitial entertainment for MTV. branding and technology. WebTV. Cartoon Network.BIO DREW TAKAHASHI Drew Takahashi is presently the Emperor of Funjacket Enterprises. Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. and Oracle at Epcot. store design for Niketown. As a director. Under his design and production direction. which ranged from live action through motion control and computer animation to classic cel. Recent projects incorporate Drew’s experience in advertising. Showtime. . Joe Cocker and Kronos Quartet. Museum of Tolerance. Bobby McFerrin. Mondo Media. Drew has developed content that integrates television and the web for Disney Channel. MTV. and Showtime. Americast. He was previously Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of (Colossal) Pictures.

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