Challenge Future Essay Competition 2017


Application Deadline: 15 January, 2017

Giving a quick analysis on world’s headlines and news today, you will see that a large portion of them, if not more than 70% speak about something bad that has happened in some country. It’s not anymore the question “What shocked you during last month?”, moreover, it’s “What shocked you today?”

If you are Turkish, was it something that happened on the border with Syria, or latest car bomb in Istanbul? Possibly, the same news have shocked somebody cross-borders.

If you were from Poland or Belarus, was it that government starts logging in Bialowieza Forest, the last remaining European primeval forest?

Did you maybe find it uncanny that by 2050, some say that we will have sex with robots?

The headline could be anything!

Moreover, connect with your personal experiences. Your peer future-challenger who lives in Istanbul, was only minutes away when a bomb exploded in the city center. Another one was close to the place where a bomb exploded in Brussels. A third one who grew nearby the Bialowieza Forest will have all his childhood memories wiped out once the forest is destroyed.

We consume these types of headlines that shake the world on a daily basis. So much so, many of us have become immune – does it shock us anymore? How do we respond to such news?

If we were to build a counter-narrative of responds to these type of news, how would a narrative of that kind look like? Well, that would be our challenge here!


This contest is available to all registered members of Challenge:Future.

Your tasks:

  1. Pick the headline. What are the news about? Re-read it. What message you can extract from the post? Does it affect you personally? Were you there and saw it happening?
  2. Open the “Post idea” button (on your upper-right of this page). Choose category for the news you have picked (for example: environment distortion news, hate speech related news, news on terrorism activities, news on climate change effects – you name it). Along with writing suitable category for your news, copy a link / source of these news.
  3. Re-write it. Decode it. Answer it! Bellow the headline and the link that you have copied, give your personal and creative respond to the news. Your task now is to convert the message of the news and make one which you would rather have read. Make it a positive counter-message – the counter-news. This is about how you re-imagine what sort of news you wish to read today!


The C:F Judges, will reward the best competitors with unique creative goodies/ crafts & you’re gonna love these gifts!


  • Challenge opens: 10 November
  • Community votes: 1 December – 15 January, 2017
  • Challenge closes: 15 January, 2017
  • Judges votes: 15 January – 20 January 2017
  • Announcement of winners – 21 January 2017

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Challenge Future Essay Competition 2017


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