Journal of Futures Studies

The Polak Game, Or: Where Do You Stand?

Abstract

This article describes the origins and uses of a classroom and workshop activity called “The Polak Game” or “Where do you Stand?”. Over a dozen years of use to date, the game has provided a user-friendly structure for facilitating quite far-reaching conversation among foresight students and clients. Duration is flexible, but typically runs 30-60 minutes. It represents an effective and accessible approach to introducing “images of the future” as a basic property of both cultures and individuals, and so to pave the way for more advanced tools and frameworks. The article is in two parts, covering the experiences of the two authors.

Keywords: Facilitation, Foresight Pedagogy, Futures Literacy, Game Design, Group Activities, Images of the Future, Embodiment.

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Journal of Futures Studies

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ISSN 1027-6084