You’ll never have a complete picture of what’s possible in the future if you look at it from just one point of view. The best way to expand your vision? Engage as many people as you can, and “game out” the possibilities together.
In this course, you’ll learn how to use collaborative gaming techniques to go beyond your own thinking and see many, many different sides of the same future. Over the past decade, the Institute for the Future has pioneered new methods in “massively-multiplayer foresight.” You’ll learn how to adapt these methods to get diverse, surprising views of what’s possible, build your empathy for other people’s futures, and reduce your risk of being “blindsided” by the future. This course features content from the Ethical Operating System, a tool created by the Institute in collaboration with Omidyar Networks’ Tech and Society Lab. It’s designed to help technology companies anticipate risks and prevent unwanted consequences of the things they build. Whether or not you work in tech, the Ethical Operating System will give you the chance to participate right now in an urgent future forecasting game. The stakes of the game are the future of truth, privacy, democracy, security, and our collective well-being. It’s a unique opportunity to join creative and strategic forces with people who are making the tech that’s inventing the future, and with fellow futures thinkers like you. Many thanks to the Enlight Foundation and the Enlight Collaborative, which provided a grant to support the creation of this course.
What Will You Learn?
- Design and run a multiplayer forecasting game
- Game out hard-to-predict consequences in any future scenario
- Anticipate long-term harms of new technologies and how to prevent them
- Create diverse, inclusive futures thinking communities
Week 1: Introduction to Collaborative Foresight
1.1 Survey about the future!
1.2 Welcome to this course – Meet your professor, Jane McGonigal(video)01:30
1.3 Why the Future is Like a Game(video)06:21
1.4 Collaborative Foresight Skills Brief: Your
1.5 Introduce yourself!
Week 1: Introduction to Gaming the Future
1.6 Expert Gaming Versus Everyone Gaming(video)14:42
1.7 Asteroid Scenario: Day 1 Press Release
1.8 Asteroid Scenario: Day 5 Press Release
1.9 Asteroid Scenario: Day 5 Briefing/Results
1.10 Asteroid Incoming! What would YOU do?
Week 1: How to Play a Massively Multiplayer Forecasting Game
1.11 Example of a Massively Multiplayer Forecasting Game(video)11:16
1.12 Forecasting Games (Excerpt from Reality is Broken)
1.13 Create a scenario for your own game
Week 2: The Future Wheel
2.1 What’s a Future Wheel?(video)09:13
2.2 Examples of Surprising Consequences(video)05:28
2.3 TOOL: Future Wheel
2.4 What change or event would you put at the center of YOUR future wheel?
2.5 Future Wheel Basics
Week 2: 5 Future Scenarios to Game
2.6 5 Scenarios to Game Out(video)06:45
2.7 Ethical Operating System
2.8 Play a Future Wheel and Share Your Results
Week 3: Introduction to Positive and Shadow Imagination
3.1 Two Sides of Every Future(video)11:22
3.2 Why Thousands of People are Willing to Die on Mars
3.3 The Case Against Going to Mars
3.4 Would it Be Ethical to Colonize Mars?
3.5 Should we settle Mars?
Week 3: The Future of Empathy
3.6 The Future of Empathy(video)11:56
3.7 SCENARIO: The FeelThat Network(video)11:46
3.8 Future of Reading and Writing the Brain
3.9 Future of Mind and Body Technology
3.10 the Future of Empathy Technologies
Week 3: Advanced Positive and Shadow Imagination
3.11 Advanced Positive and Shadow Imagination(video)06:55
3.12 OPTIONAL: Results from the Feel That Future Forecasting Game
3.13 Use Positive and Shadow Imagination
Week 4: Leading Edge Interviews
4.1 Mini-Masterclass: How to Find Leading Edge Behaviors(video)06:48
4.2 5 Questions to Start a Conversation About the Future
4.3 Leading Edge Behaviors in Social Virtual Reality
4.4 BONUS: Voices from the Leading Edge of Work
4.5 What’s a leading edge behavior YOU are interested in?
Week 4: The Four Future Feelings Tool
4.6 How to Explore Four Future Feelings (Part 1)(video)06:05
4.7 How to Explore Four Future Feelings (Part 2)(video)18:17
4.8 TOOL: Explore Four Future Feelings
4.9 Explore Four Future Feelings
Week 5: What’s an Epic Win?
5.1 What’s an Epic Win?(video)08:11
5.2 Epic Wins from the Future of Technology(video)07:44
5.3 Epic Wins from the Future of Tech
5.4 Tips on Creating Epic Wins(video)02:08
5.5 What problem do you think needs an epic win?
Week 5: The Equitable Future Card Game
5.6 How to Play the Equitable Futures Card Game (Part 1)(video)04:53
5.7 How to Play the Equitable Future Card Game (Part 2)(video)08:24
5.8 TOOL: Equitable Futures Card Game
5.9 Peer-graded Assignment: Design your own Equitable Futures card deck
Week 5: Congratulations! You’ve Successfully Gamed the Future!
5.10 What’s your biggest “a ha” moment from this course?
5.11 Congratulations on finishing the course!(video)02:10
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