The futures of agency
Exploring the liminal spaces between action and responsibility
26 October 2023 (Thursday), 11:15-13:00, inspire

Games and Foresight: Unlocking Strategic Insight Through Play

In today's rapidly changing world, anticipating and navigating future challenges is vital for individuals and organizations. Foresight has emerged as a powerful tool for anticipatory decision-making, challenging assumptions, illuminating biases, and highlighting blindspots. And, when coupled with play-based approaches, futures,
and foresight can enhance our capability to navigate uncertainty.
Our session, "Games and Foresight: Unlocking Insights By and through Play, " is an interactive journey where the lines between play and foresight blur. We will explore the intersection of gaming and foresight, looking at how immersive play-based experiences can sharpen our strategic thinking, foster creativity, and reveal insights across a range of probable, possible, and even preposterous futures.
During the session, we will utilize hands-on activities to provide participants with practical tools and approaches to incorporate games into their futures and foresight practices, which will be based on the expanding body of research on futures and games, specifically Carse (1986), Sweeney et al. (2019), Cruz & Kahn-ParreƱo (2022), and Paniagua & Cornejo(2020). Participants will discover how games can facilitate collaboration, encourage systemic thinking, and enable players to engage with alternative futures.

Head of Futures Studies
UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies for Anticipatory Governance and Sustainable Policymaking
Westminster International University in Tashkent
Technical Editor
Journal of Futures Studies
Board Director
Participatory Futures Global Swarm
Sr Engineering Manager