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Future West (54:42)
Arizonans aren’t just adapting to change; they’re creating it. Discover the innovative spirit that’s pushing the state—and the world—into the future.
Arizona’s landscape is colored by rugged red rocks and cavernous canyons etched from millions of years of history. But alongside the age-old geography, a very modern future is being built. Explore the norm-breaking advances taking place in Arizona as Anna, Jonathan, and Shandiin—three college students—road trip across the state to talk to Arizonans pushing the frontiers of ingenuity. As the roadtrippers travel from revived old ghost towns to cutting-edge space companies, they realize that innovation isn’t limited to one place or one industry. The future can be built by anyone, anywhere.
INSIGHTS FROM THE FILM
“When people think of innovation, they think of tech. But innovators are people who can see a problem and create a solution for it, regardless of the industry.”
Kimber Lanning, Founder & Executive Director, Local First Arizona
“You measure a person’s strength by their ability to adapt to ever-changing circumstances. Adaptation is innovation.”
Bob Schoose, Mayor, Goldfield Ghost Town
“There’s always a new big idea to build and be involved in; a constant quest that leads from one idea to another, and another. When you keep pushing the limit, it creates excitement, and inspires other people to contribute.”
Chris Matthieu, CEO, Computes, Inc.
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Founder & Executive Director, Local First Arizona
Mayor, Goldfield Ghost Town
CEO & Co-Founder, Vector
Tom Arviso Jr.
CEO & Publisher, Navajo Times Publishing Co., Inc.
Divisional Sales and Marketing Leader, W.L. Gore & Associates
Chief People Officer, GoDaddy
CEO, Computes, Inc.
Mechanical Engineer, Axon
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We’re exploring every corner of Arizona, to see how the ideas taking shape here are creating a bright vision for what’s next.
Arizona’s spirit of adventure is shaping the future for all of us, and we’re sending three students on a road trip to find out what’s in store. We’re criss-crossing the state in our green RV to explore all the crazy-original ways people are pushing innovation to its limits, and seeking out the people who are blazing a trail for what’s next all over the country. Follow the journey to hear their stories and see Arizona like you’ve never seen it before.
From Phoenix, AZ
For Anna, innovation is all about figuring out how to get somewhere by a different path. As a kid, traveling with her dad to Arizona’s forgotten towns, she’d step into a whole different world shaped by the stories of the people who lived there. Those adventures helped reveal her love of history. But it’s not just observing that Anna is interested in, it’s listening—people want to be heard, she says. She wants to create space for that human connection to history, whether as a documentarian, or something else. But taking a different path also means taking a risk. That’s why she’s seeking advice from trailblazers who pushed their fear of failure aside, so she can gain the confidence to do the same.
From Nashville, TN
Jonathan didn’t grow up here, but when it came time to choose a college, Arizona just felt right. Coming here didn’t change me, he says, it helped me realize the person I was destined to become. The freedom of a new, wide-open place helped him focus on what makes him happy. A self-described nerd, he’s always on the hunt for new ideas. He’s studying chemical engineering, but plans to take those problem-solving skills into web development, music, and more. The only thing holding him back is wanting to do too much. He’s inspired by the way people here make things happen. He wants to be like that—not over-thinking details or getting paralyzed by possibilities—just boldly putting your ideas out there.
From Mesa, AZ
Shandiin is looking to the future. She wants to find what it holds for journalism, and for the Navajo Nation, where she grew up. Her future, ideally, will combine both. As a Native American youth advocate, coming together with other young people to take on issues faced by her community, she’s found support and inspiration. It’s opened her eyes to those who have overcome challenges like the ones she faces, and those stories push her to keep going. Coming from a single parent home, she’s shouldered a lot of responsibility—working two jobs while in school (and still making honors!). But she’s on this trip to find what you don’t get in school; the things you only realize by experiencing them.
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