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About the Course

Do you want to learn how to simulate the future more creatively and more effectively? This course is for you. Humans are the only living creatures with the ability to think about and make plans for the long- term future. Even so, our brains don’t always make it easy. Over the past decade, scientists have discovered a number of neurological “road blocks” to effective futures thinking. These glitches in the brain make it harder for us to accurately predict how we’ll feel and what we’re likely to do, when a particular future arrives. They lead us to make faulty assumptions about which futures are likely or unlikely to happen. And they convince us we have less power to shape and influence the future than we actually do – leaving us stuck in the present. In this course, you’ll learn how to overcome these obstacles so you can think about the future more strategically and creatively. You’ll practice simulation techniques for “unsticking” the mind when it comes to seeing what’s possible in the future and accepting how things could be different. You’ll also learn how to lead others through “first-person future” simulations, which have been shown in scientific studies to improve strategy and increase motivation and hope for the future. Along the way, leading futurists from the Institute from the Future will share some of their most challenging forecasts to help you stretch your imagination and improve your simulation skills. This course will ensure that you can put all of your new forecasting skills to the best possible use, by helping you nudge your brain toward more effective ways of simulating and preparing for the future. Many thanks to the Enlight Foundation and the Enlight Collaborative, which provided a grant to support the creation of this course....

Top reviews


Oct 5, 2020

This is a course i would recommend to every professional. In my opinion this course is fantastic & very informative. Special thanks to Professor Jane McGonigal. She is a good teacher I have to say.


May 10, 2020

reat course, with a lot of new Information for me, very well presented. I really enjoyed it, especially the parts presented by Dr. McGonigal and the assignments that were necessary.

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By Michelle B

Dec 24, 2020

Truly provocative and useful - hard to pull off that combination. Made me eager to learn more. Merci!

By C B

Aug 30, 2021

This course lets you see that there is no limit to what your imagination can do and offer people !

By Maria B P R

Oct 12, 2020

Good course with several methodologies to think about the future on a personal and collective level

By Dmitri P

Jan 29, 2021

What a great collection of insights and tools to make any future predictions a systematic skill.

By Srinivas P

Apr 14, 2020

Loved this course. The way the concepts were taught and the application explained was wonderful.

By Alexandre C

May 14, 2020

This course is a very detailed starting point for those who are interested in futures thinking.

By Joanne E

Apr 25, 2021

This course was amazing! I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to create the future.


Sep 22, 2021

Amazing module that takes you by the hand and allows you to utilize your simulation skills

By Rathmalgodage J U S

Nov 6, 2020

Excellent course. The lecture panel explains everything very clearly. Recommend everyone.

By Vladimir A

Mar 27, 2020

Very essential course, especially now, in the critical times of Corona pandemic

By Kunal H

Jul 29, 2020

Excellent! The examples helped a lot to understand what Simulation Skills are.

By Joe L

Feb 2, 2020

Loved this course. It really unstuck a lot of thinking and creativity

By Laetitia R

Jun 11, 2020

Very interesting course. Many challenging tools and methods.

By Alice N

May 17, 2020

There were many great thinking tools in this course!

By Ekaterini M

Dec 8, 2020

Awesome material and great teaching! Thank a mil!

By Giota P

Dec 7, 2020

This course can change your Future. Literally!

By Fernando M C

Feb 11, 2020

Make you think about your own personal future.

By Manthos G

Dec 4, 2020

Excellent course, open minded.

By Stijn J

Apr 22, 2020

Perfect way to flex the brain!

By William T M

Jul 21, 2021

Significant learning indeed

By Nutthida P

Jun 20, 2020

Awesome online course!

By Winston A W

Sep 7, 2020

Excellent, thank you.

By Daniel d S M

Jan 3, 2020

Another great course!

By monica

May 29, 2022

Best course ever!!

By Elisabeth R

Apr 5, 2020

trigger the brain.