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Approx. 11 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English

What you will learn

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    Design and run a multiplayer forecasting game

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    Game out hard-to-predict consequences in any future scenario

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    Anticipate long-term harms of new technologies and how to prevent them

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    Create diverse, inclusive futures thinking communities

Skills you will gain

CreativityStrategic PlanningFuture ForecastingGamingCollaboration

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

This course is for everyone.

Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 10 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Introduction to Collaborative Foresight

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
3 hours to complete

How to Game Out Surprising Consequences

4 videos (Total 27 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Examples of Surprising Consequences5m
Draw Out Your Own Consequences5m
5 Scenarios to Game Out6m
3 readings
TOOL: Future Wheel10m
The Future of Water15m
Ethical Operating System45m
1 practice exercise
Future Wheel Basics5m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Positive and Shadow Imagination

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
4 hours to complete

Tools for Seeing the Future from a Different Point of View

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

Instructor

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Jane McGonigal

Research Director

About Institute for the Future

The Institute for the Future is the world's leading futures thinking organization. For over 50 years, businesses, governments and social impact organizations have depended upon IFTF global forecasts, custom research, and foresight training to navigate complex change and develop world-ready strategies for the future....

About the Futures Thinking Specialization

Do you want to think about the future with more creativity and optimism? Do you want to see what’s coming faster, so you can be better prepared for disruptions and more in control of your future? Do you want to get better at changing what’s possible today – in your company, your industry, your community, and in your own life? This Specialization will introduce you to the practice of futures thinking, as developed and applied for the past 50 years by the Institute for the Future, a Silicon-Valley-based research and learning group founded in 1968. You’ll master essential foresight techniques. You’ll meet leading professional futurists. And you’ll choose one or more future topics you want to investigate with your new foresight skills. The Futures Thinking specialization is for anyone who wants to spot opportunities for innovation and invention faster. You can gain the skills and confidence to help YOU become someone who makes the future, instead of letting the future happen to you. You'll develop a more future-oriented mindset to make positive changes in your own life, as you start to see new possibilities more clearly and craft the personal future you want. This specialization is based on the “How to Think Like a Futurist” workshops taught by Jane McGonigal, PhD for Stanford University Continuing Studies. By taking this specialization, you'll have access to key lessons and tools from the Institute for the Future’s professional “Foresight Training” certification program....
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