The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

Alan Kay, creator of the laptop concept in 1968

Are you Thriving in the Jetson Age?

The 21st century is upon us. As excerpted from the book, Escape to College, "Remember the cartoon, the Jetsons, the Hanna-Barbera cartoon created in the fifties and sixties, to depict the future. George, Jane, Judy, Elroy, Rosie the robot servant, Mr. Spacely drove Flying cars, used Video Phones and moving sidewalks to shuttle them from place to place."

"While The Jetsons cartoon was fantasy in 1950, sixty years later, it has become a reality today. Don't remember the Jetson Cartoon? Watch an episode here."

Flat Screen TV Robots Video Phone Movable Sidewalk Slot Machines

"Many of these inventions today seem to be a normal part of life although in the 1950 they were farfetched. They have evolved straight out of science fiction.”

Many people are not thriving in the 21st century. Every industry is becoming automated with computer software. High paying manual jobs of the 20th century are disappearing, leaving people unemployed or underemployed making less money. The mere mention of the word AUTOMATION causes anger and frustration amongst those who are losing high paying manual jobs.

Thriving today requires SKILLS & CREDENTIALS in iSTEAM (invention, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) to qualify for 21st Automation career and business opportunities.


an original series

Episode #1Unemployment is high, but why?

Episode #2All the Good Jobs are Gone

Episode #3Passion & Play

Episode #4Have a Play, Tinker or Inventive ...

Episode #5Tired of School? Attend by ...

Episode #6Catalyst of the Invention ...

Episode #7Who will you Meet

Inventors are not born, but rather groomed.

Ida Byrd-Hill, creator Fluke - the wealth building game of accidental inventions

iSTEAM (invention, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) is the core of entrepreneurship, job creation, economic growth of neighborhoods and competition amongst cities for residents. Unfortunately, many organizations support entrepreneurship and not the invention process.

Uplift, Inc. focuses its participants to acquire skills to invent automation and prototypes as they are the launching pad for entrepreneurial ventures that can eliminate POVERTY in the inner city of Detroit.


Uplift, Inc. is guided by this Plato  quote, “A man must practice that thing from early childhood, in play ... ”

The advantage that countries like the United States retain is the ability to invent. Nations that remain economically strong are those that can create intellectual property – and the ability to innovate largely comes out of an ability to play,

Dr. Stuart Brown,  Author, Play

Professor, Stanford D.School

Our mission is to reinvent cities one idea at a time by infusing Play in community, school and corporate settings to accelerate resident mastery of Science (including Anatomy & Health), Technology, Engineering and Mathematics so as to increase their and their children's ability to secure income opportunities as an entrepreneur, professional manager or skilled tradesperson.


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