The Retrofuturist Chronicles

What is retrofuturism? The future as seen from the past? The past as seen from the future? Or perhaps just nostalgia for a time when innovation was looked on with romance and optimism. In nearly every aspect, the world today is a better than at any other time in human history. And our future? Our future is in the hands of today’s youth …The Retrofuturist Chronicles center on a 12-year-old girl named Miranda who is affable and bright but disempowered because of her age. Each episode begins with Miranda expressing concerns about something in her life.In turn, those concerns always remind Miranda’s kind-of-crazy retrofuturist spinster Aunt Natalie of some extraordinary absurdist exploit that she’s had. Aunt Natalie’s tall tales are never constrained by time, place, logic, or even laws of physics. She often invokes historic people and incidents and makes outrageous claims. But she inspires Miranda with fantastic tales of past innovations that have just enough truth in them to be intriguing and uplifting...


episode 5: Tapped Out

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In this episode, we find 12yo Miranda overwhelmed by an upcoming dance competition. Aunt Natalie attempts to distract her with a memory of the Cosmopolitan Retrofuturistic Innovator’s Secret Investigative Sisterhood.

It turns out that long ago and far away, an evil man once infected an entire (tiny) town with choreomania, or “the dancing plague.” No one in government could get any work done because they all were dancing like mad and couldn’t stop. It was a public health problem that became an economic problem, and ultimately a public policy problem.

Fortunately, the sisterhood stepped in to help the citizenry get back to business just as Aunt Natalie stepped into a spare pair of tap shoes to help her niece master the Double Maxi Ford Toe with a Pullback.

The episode concludes with SAP executives discussing how by becoming the public-sector equivalent of a private-sector intelligent enterprise, governments and agencies can transform their approach to constituent service and be more effective in fulfilling their mission.

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