Journal of Futures Studies

Modeling, Simulation and Gaming

Why Gaming, Why Alternative Futures?

December 30th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Modeling, Simulation and Gaming, Scenario Work and Alternative Futures | Comments Off on Why Gaming, Why Alternative Futures?

Abstract Marxists always start out by quoting Marx. Critical theorists bow to Foucault. Marshall McLuhan, the patron saint of all futurists said, “anyone who makes a distinction between education and entertainment doesn’t know the first thing about either” (Prensky, 2002, p. 8). I agree. I first became seriously interested in pedagogical games when I read […]

Trends and Emerging Issues for Brunei Darussalam: The Futures Deck and Card Game

December 30th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Modeling, Simulation and Gaming | Comments Off on Trends and Emerging Issues for Brunei Darussalam: The Futures Deck and Card Game

Abstract This report describes the Futures Deck and card game that was developed and utilized in 2016 and 2017 by the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies, Brunei Darussalam. The deck was designed to assist policy makers in Brunei to come to terms with emerging issues and trends of relevance to Brunei, as well as […]

The Polak Game, Or: Where Do You Stand?

December 30th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Modeling, Simulation and Gaming, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future | Comments Off on 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 […]

Serious Play: Transforming Futures Thinking Through Gamebased Curriculum Design

December 30th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Futures Education, Modeling, Simulation and Gaming | Comments Off on Serious Play: Transforming Futures Thinking Through Gamebased Curriculum Design

Abstract This article gives a description of how gamification is being used to redesign the futures core curriculum at Tamkang University. Eight game-based activities have been developed and delivered during the 2017 school year are explained. Over 600 students have participated in some or all of the games described in this article. Gaming and gamification […]

Gaming, Ways of Knowing, and Futures

December 30th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Modeling, Simulation and Gaming | Comments Off on Gaming, Ways of Knowing, and Futures

Abstract My own context of using gaming in futures studies is through the social technology of the futures workshop. In the futures workshop, I design the process so methods use traditional cognitive processes as well as games. As developed in research with Paul Wildman on ways of knowing decades ago, this is to move the […]

Gaming Scenarios: Making Sense of Diverging Developments

December 30th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Foresight Field Building, Modeling, Simulation and Gaming | Comments Off on Gaming Scenarios: Making Sense of Diverging Developments

Abstract This article introduces Huizinga’s notion of the Homo Ludens as theoretical framework to gaming approaches in Futures Studies. This understanding of games as social functions, simultaneously representing reality and creating social structures, is then discussed in relation to scenario techniques. Finally, a scenario project from Berlin, Germany is presented as case study, showing how […]

Gaming Futures: To Experience Scenarios Through Teatro Del Devenir

December 30th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Art and Design, Modeling, Simulation and Gaming | Comments Off on Gaming Futures: To Experience Scenarios Through Teatro Del Devenir

Abstract Theater is a powerful pedagogical tool. As an experiential methodology of Future Studies Teatro del Devenir (which roughly translates to ‘Theater of Becoming’ or ‘Forward Theatre’), allows people to explore scenarios as stories through first-hand activities. It is based on a breathing-body-voice warm-up that helps connect with oneself and experience spiritual insights. Participants get […]

Game On: Foresight at Play with the United Nations

December 30th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Modeling, Simulation and Gaming, Political and Policy Foresight | Comments Off on Game On: Foresight at Play with the United Nations

Abstract In recent years, the widespread growth in popularity of games and simulations within futures, broadly defined, designates a clear movement to utilize play as a strategy for engagement and learning. While more practitioners and researchers are using games and simulations, critical and reflective analyses of these platforms have not kept pace. This article provides […]

Creating a Positive Future For Yourself: An Interactive Game for Young People from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

December 30th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Modeling, Simulation and Gaming, Narrative Foresight | Comments Off on Creating a Positive Future For Yourself: An Interactive Game for Young People from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

Abstract Collectively, my lived experience of being a homeless teenager, subsequent professional youth worker roles and knowledge of Strategic Foresight theories and methods have lead to the development of the “How to Get There” game. The game is designed with the aim of providing young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with the tools to construct a […]

The JRC Scenario Exploration System – From Study to Serious Game

March 30th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Modeling, Simulation and Gaming, Political and Policy Foresight | Comments Off on The JRC Scenario Exploration System – From Study to Serious Game

By Laurent Bontoux,Daniel Bengtsson,Aaron Rosa and John A. Sweeney Abstract This report describes how the European Commission engaged in developing a serious game in order to engage stakeholders with foresight scenarios created to support the EU policy-making process. Four scenarios were created through a classic scenario building methodology (2X2 matrix), describing possible transitions towards a more sustainable future for the […]


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