A Brief History of the Future

New six-part series premiering tonight invites viewers on a journey around the world that is filled with discovery, hope, and possibility about where we find ourselves today and what could come next.


As headlines continue to warn of the impending challenges facing our planet, A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FUTURE shines a ray of hope. Hosted by futurist Ari Wallach, this six-part series invites viewers to reimagine the future and discover pathways towards a brighter tomorrow. In a world often overshadowed by dire predictions, A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FUTURE offers a refreshing perspective, urging viewers to envision a future filled with innovation, resilience, and possibility. Showcasing the efforts of individuals and communities dedicated to addressing pressing global challenges, the series empowers viewers to recognize their role in shaping a world where future generations can thrive.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FUTURE weaves together history, science, and unexpected storytelling to expand our understanding about the impact that the choices we make today will have on our tomorrows. Each episode follows those who are working to solve our greatest challenges. The series also features valuable insights from a wide range of thinkers, scientists, developers and storytellers including French President Emmanuel Macron, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, sailor Dame Ellen MacArthur, musician Grimes, architect Bjarke Ingels, climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, legendary soccer player Kylian Mbappé, and more.

A captivating narrative of aspiration and progress, A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FUTURE takes viewers on a journey through the world, searching humanity’s many paths forward. Through the exploration of ‘protopias’ – realistic and improved visions of tomorrow – the series sheds light on the myriad social, economic, and philosophical considerations that shape our collective future, inspiring viewers to become the great ancestors the future needs us to be.

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