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Approx. 14 hours to complete
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What you will 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

Skills you will gain

CreativityStrategic PlanningFuture ForecastingGamingCollaboration
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Beginner Level

This course is for everyone.

Approx. 14 hours to complete
English

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Institute for the Future

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Introduction to Collaborative Foresight

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 37 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Why the Future is Like a Game6m
Expert Gaming Versus Everyone Gaming14m
Example of a Massively Multiplayer Forecasting Game11m
6 readings
Take a two-minute survey about the future!2m
Collaborative Foresight Skills Brief: Your "cheat sheet" for this course15m
Asteroid Scenario: Day 1 Press Release5m
Asteroid Scenario: Day 5 Press Release5m
Asteroid Scenario: Day 5 Briefing/Results15m
Forecasting Games (Excerpt from Reality is Broken)25m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

How to Game Out Surprising Consequences

2 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 21 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
Examples of Surprising Consequences5m
5 Scenarios to Game Out6m
2 readings
TOOL: Future Wheel10m
Ethical Operating System45m
1 practice exercise
Future Wheel Basics5m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Positive and Shadow Imagination

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 42 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
The Future of Empathy11m
SCENARIO: The FeelThat Network11m
Advanced Positive and Shadow Imagination6m
6 readings
Why Thousands of People are Willing to Die on Mars20m
The Case Against Going to Mars5m
Would it Be Ethical to Colonize Mars?5m
Future of Reading and Writing the Brain15m
Future of Mind and Body Technology30m
OPTIONAL: Results from the Feel That Future Forecasting Game20m
1 practice exercise
the Future of Empathy Technologies10m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Tools for Seeing the Future from a Different Point of View

3 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 31 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
How to Explore Four Future Feelings (Part 1)6m
How to Explore Four Future Feelings (Part 2)18m
4 readings
5 Questions to Start a Conversation About the Future5m
Leading Edge Behaviors in Social Virtual Reality25m
BONUS: Voices from the Leading Edge of Work15m
TOOL: Explore Four Future Feelings10m

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