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About the Course

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....

Top reviews


Nov 12, 2020

This course is amazing. And the lecturer also telling everything very clearly. It was very fun. Having lots of games to do. Recommend everyone.


Aug 10, 2020

Activities were so just making my mind work and fun to do! You can step yourself as a futurist as i did. I just loved Future wheel the most!!

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By A.L.Kishore A

Aug 2, 2020

One of the best course I did on Coursera. Thanks for Institute for the Future Team and especially to Dr Jane McGonigal.

By Priscah M

Nov 15, 2022

Absolutely loved it. I loved the Four Futures Feeling tool. It is great for helping you think outside your default parameters.

By James R

Mar 31, 2020

Excellent - very insightful and interesting course.

By Raymond N

Apr 3, 2020

This course is well presented by a Thought Leader in Futures Thinking. It is well designed with abundant readings, exercises, and videos. One of its most powerful components is the connection "Classmates" can develop with each other during the discussions and exam reviews. This is where the student gets chance to learn how people from around the world think on important issues and contribute to the character of the course. Ray Newkirk

By John Y

Jun 22, 2021

Unfortunately there are non-English speakers who submitted their assignments in their native language which I was unable to read. Coursera also disallows copy-paste so I could not use Google Translate to try to understand their entries. I also received 0 points for 2-3 assignments by the peer reviewers which I could decipher were non-English speakers.

By David H

Nov 20, 2019

Thank you, Jane. I'm finding this whole specialisation very inspiring. The gaming idea really speaks to me. I've downloaded Unity and I've started working on the flooding game I did for one of the prompts. The Simtainers were also great - and I'm doing some VR with Unity looking at a couple of scenarios.

By Viacheslav Z

Oct 16, 2021

Very interesting. This course teaches how to involve another people into your Future Science activities which is very valuable because capabilities of one person are limited but group work can empower you with a lot of insights. I am looking forward to implement any of tools which the course provides.

By Ricardo T

Feb 3, 2023

Thank you very much for this course. Again, contents are super, accurate for the purpose I had, pragmatic and really useful. Thank you very much to our teachers, that did a great job, making everything easy. And thank you very much to my class mates that has reviewed my job, always helpful

By Nathan K

May 9, 2020

A perfect class for teaching you how to work with others to game out the future, and discover all the possibilities. This is a tool I think every team and company should use, because what better way to forecast/predict the future than to include everyone in it together?

By Zane V

Feb 10, 2023

Thank you very much! I find this and other futures thinking courses absolutely perfect, and Janes lectures and other experts, and so many practical tools - it was very, very interesting and most important it opened eyes to so many things about past, future and myself.

By Petra B

Feb 1, 2021

Fun, thoughtful, useful, empowering! Well designed with a good mixture of lecture, visual aides, reading material and practical assignment. Learning should be fun, and this really was.

By Rathmalgodage J U S

Nov 12, 2020

This course is amazing. And the lecturer also telling everything very clearly. It was very fun. Having lots of games to do. Recommend everyone.

By Kamasani P

Aug 11, 2020

Activities were so just making my mind work and fun to do! You can step yourself as a futurist as i did. I just loved Future wheel the most!!

By Jacqueline S O

Sep 17, 2022

The courses are very profound and enriching to me as a learner. Thank you IFTF and Coursera for this opportunity.

By Sabine U M

Jan 8, 2022

wonderful courses throughout - super informative, thought-provoking and helpful to proactively shape the future

By Marianella B F D

Apr 5, 2021

Ready to collaborate to create the future! A really interesting and fun course! To crush your brain!

By Neil S W

Nov 3, 2021


By David J

Sep 17, 2021

Engaging and thought-provoking with useful tools and approaches to use in the workplace

By Rodrigo A R C

Apr 20, 2021

muchas gracias, me encanto y ahora podre aplicar lo aprendido en mi carrera profesional

By Rodrigo P O

Apr 13, 2023

All the IFTF courses are great, but for my personal opinion, this is the best of them!

By Alice N

Jun 27, 2020

My favorite course in this specialization! Bravo!

By Pattie B

Jun 22, 2022

Am really enjoying the whole specialization

By Maribel M

Aug 30, 2020

I loved! Game is a wonderful resource!

By Alejandro E

May 12, 2020

was agood course.

the tools are new for me

By Silvia P

Dec 16, 2023

The whe specialization is a mind blast!