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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 Georgia T

Jan 12, 2021

Great Experience!

By Mohammad I A A A

Mar 4, 2022

Very nice topic

By Jonathan H D

Nov 15, 2021

amazing topic

By Edward K

Feb 6, 2020

Great course!

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May 30, 2022


By Irfaan A K

Feb 7, 2022

Thank You.

By Ricardo A V R

Jun 30, 2021

buen curso

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By Paloma N O C

Jun 19, 2022

so good

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By Rob J

Aug 4, 2021

Doing the entire specialization I appreciate the tools of getting yourself or other participants to remove themselves from the current day setting. Some tools are really deployable on the spot, whereas others require elaborate preparation. I am more familiar and convinced of the latter before I took this course, but now I also see more clearly the potential of the 'on-the-spot' ones. So, rely less on design as a standard departure point.

By Ignacio V

Apr 24, 2020

Interesting topics, although you definitely need to practice them a lot to fully internalize the concepts and familiarize yourself with all the practical tools etc,

By Mubeen S

Jun 18, 2020

Very interesting and easy to use future thinking tools with a lot of simple concepts behind it.

By Gbanju A

Jun 23, 2021

Good course. It has helped me in understanding future thing as a profession.

By Rik W

Dec 20, 2021

very interesting mix, will watch en read parts again to recap ;-)

By Luigi G D

Aug 2, 2020

Lots of good stuff to learn from this course.


Nov 9, 2022

it is a good course

By Turki B

Mar 27, 2020

love it

By Fernanda G

Jun 7, 2022


By Fernando L

Apr 25, 2020