Institute for the Future
Simulation Skills: This is Your Brain on the Future
Institute for the Future

Simulation Skills: This is Your Brain on the Future

This course is part of Futures Thinking Specialization

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Jane McGonigal

Instructor: Jane McGonigal

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Beginner level
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There are 4 modules in this course

Welcome to your future! This week, you'll learn the basics of mental simulation. How does the brain try to imagine the future, and what makes it so difficult? You'll practice three techniques for "unsticking" your mind, so you can think more creatively and spot opportunities for innovation faster. Get ready to get to know your brain better!

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6 videos5 readings1 quiz1 peer review3 discussion prompts

Who will YOU be in the future? It turns out that the most important part of futures thinking is to get to know your future self. What will YOU feel in the future? What will YOU do in the future? Simulating the next decade from YOUR unique point of view is the basis for improved creativity, strategy, and motivation. Let's go spend some time with your future self! (BONUS: The "First Person Creativity" lesson at the end of this module has been updated with an excerpt from Jane McGonigal's 2022 book IMAGINABLE and a new video describing the amazing results from a future pandemic simulation....find out how it accurately predicted hard-to-anticipate events in 2020 and why participants benefited from having imagined, a decade in advance, a future that actually happened.)

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6 videos5 readings1 quiz1 peer review3 discussion prompts

The best simulations of the future play with multiple possibilities. This week, you'll learn a powerful method for simulating four different versions of the future at the same time. You'll even experiment with simulating 100 different versions of the same future! Let's go stretch and flex your imagination.

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6 videos3 readings1 peer review2 discussion prompts

You've learned all about mental simulation techniques. But what other kinds of simulation are coming next? This week, you'll explore some innovations in virtual reality, haptics (touch simulation), storytelling and immersive experience design. This is your close-up look at some advanced simulation topics!

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6 videos6 readings2 quizzes2 discussion prompts

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Jane McGonigal
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