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Urgent Optimism: How to Turn Foresight into Action

You’ll learn how to create and share “preferred futures”, which are highly persuasive, compelling visions of the changes you want to make real. You’ll use your preferred future to identify obstacles, recruit allies, collect resources, and plan action to make your vision real.
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Last Updated:2022-08-25
Course level:Intermediate
Course Duration: 10h

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Course Content

11 sections • 28 lecture • 7h 33m total length

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You’ll learn how to create and share “preferred futures”, which are highly persuasive, compelling visions of the changes you want to make real. You’ll use your preferred future to identify obstacles, recruit allies, collect resources, and plan action to make your vision real.
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What You will learn

  • Describe your preferred future
  • Create artifacts from the future
  • Build an action roadmap to change the future
  • Organize a community to change the future

Course Curriculum / Content

Week 1: Preferred Futures

  • 1.1 Survey about the future!
  • 1.2 Welcome to this Course! Meet your professor, Jane McGonigal(video)
    01:38
  • 1.3 Urgent Optimism Skills Brief (Your
  • 1.4 Introduce yourself!

Week 1: Introduction to Preferred Futures

Week 1: Headlines from the Future

Week 2: What’s an Image of the Future?

Week 2: Today’s Images of the Future

Week 2: More Examples of Images of the Future

Week 3: What are Artifacts from the Future?

Week 3: Tips for Making Artifacts

Week 3: Make Your Own Artifact

Week 4: Introduction to Action Roadmaps

Week 4: Build YOUR Action Roadmap

Week 4: Climate Action Roadmap

Week 4: How to Help Groups and Communities Change the Future

Week 5: Pledge to Make the Future

Week 5: Congratulations! You’re ready to make the future!

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Requirements

  • Require a decent Internet Speed
  • Instructions are in English
  • Self Paced study curriculum
  • Can be Displayed on Mobile

Target Audience

  • Startup Founders
  • Executives
  • Students
  • Anyone Curious About the Future

Material Includes

  • Shareable Certificates
  • Self-Paced Learning Option
  • Course Videos & Readings
  • Practice Quizzes

Description

When you get better at thinking about the future, you get better at changing the future.

This course will help you take all of the foresight skills you’ve developed so far and apply them to making real positive change in your life, in your work, and in the world around you. You’ll learn how to create and share “preferred futures”, which are highly persuasive, compelling visions of the changes you want to make real. You’ll use your preferred future to identify obstacles, recruit allies, collect resources, and plan action to make your vision real. You’ll also practice making “artifacts” from the future, which are creative representations of how everyday life might be different in the future. Artifacts can inspire others to join you in your quest to make a preferred future real. Leading futurists from the Institute for the Future will share with you their favorite future artifacts – and walk you through the entire creative process it took to make them. Every action we take today changes the future. This course will help you identify and take the actions that make the BIGGEST, most strategic impacts on the most urgent challenges you and society face. Many thanks to the Enlight Foundation and the Enlight Collaborative, which provided a grant to support the creation of this course.

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