Gaming The Future(s): Pedagogies For Emergent Futures Tamkang University, Taiwan November 10-11, Tamsui, Taipei



A symposium was hosted by Tamkang University, in association with Kyung Hee University and the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, on November 10-11, in Tamsui, Taipei.

Traditional pedagogical approaches to Futures Studies focused on expert based lecture formats. Scenario planning opened up the process by using groups of experts. In the past few decades, however, the workshop format – futures workshops, knowlabs, immersive futures – all have attempted to include participants in the futures process. They are not mere spectators or receivers of the futures, but active creators – mind, body, and spirit. The futurist becomes thus a content facilitator, helping participants explore alternative futures and create desired futures. It is in this context that gaming the future has become more important. Futures games go further then the cognitive or the emotional, rather, they focus on embodied foresight. Drawing from many approaches – gestalt, play, role-playing, board games – a number of games have become part of futures doxa.

These include the Polak game, the Sarkar game, the CLA game, the time travel game, strategic gaming systems, foresight card decks, immersive experiences, geo-location gaming, for example. However, this is just the beginning. Games as apps, as virtual reality systems, indeed, the gamification of knowledge, process and action, is likely to grow as digital natives move to global and national decision-making and policy positions of defining how and what we learn.


Developments in futures studies

Along with the dominant gaming stream, the conference also featured presentations on Futures Studies and thinking in general. It was sponsored by Tamkang University, Kyung Hee University, and is part of the Unesco Chair in Futures Studies Asia-Pacific agenda.



(Below you will find links to the audio files and pdfs of presentations).

November 10,2016
Time Event Chair Venue
09:00-09:30 Registration  
09:30-09:35 Opening Remarks Shun-jie Ji, Director of Graduate Institute of Futures Studies (GIFS) Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall (10th Fl.)
09:35-09:40 Flora Chia-I Chang, President of Tamkang University
09:40-09:45 Welcome

Stephen Yong-Seung Park

Dean, Office of International Affairs, Kyung Hee University

09:45-09:50 Welcome
Cindy Frewen, President, Association of Professional Futurists
09:50-10:20 Why Alternative Futures: why Gaming?
Jim Dator Emeritus Professor, University of Hawaii
10:20-10:30 Award Presentation
From Professor Dator to President Flora Chang
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:15 Theory-Linking Gaming and Futures: the Emergent Pedagogies of Tomorrow Kuo-Hua Chen, Associate Professor, GIFS, Tamkang University
Gaming: The Current State of Play

Thadani Dimple, Assistant Professor, The University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China

What Works in Gaming Alternative Futures: insights from Foresight Workshops

Sohail Inayatullah, Professor, Tamkang University/ UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies

Future Lab: Social Emergence for Social Innovations

Jose Ramos, Action Foresight, Australia

12:15 -13:15 Lunch
13:15-16:00 WORKSHOPS

Can Futurists play games?

Jeanne Hoffman, Assistant Professor, GIFS, Tamkang University
The Time Machine

Mei-Mei Song, Assistant Professor, GIFS and Director, Center for Futures Intelligence and Research (C-FAR), Tamkang University

Games for Policy Makers in the UN and The European Commission
John Sweeney, Centre for Postnormal Studies, London, UK.
The Polak Game – Using Gaming in Integral Futures

Peter Hayward, Professor, Swinburne University, Australia

The Toynbee Convector Experiment

Maya van Leemput, Agence Futures, Belgium

The Sarkar Game

Sohail Inayatullah, Professor, Tamkang University, Taiwan

Part 1 

Part 2 

1600-16:15 Break
16:15-17:00 DiscussionParticipants: Jim Dator, Cindy Frewen, Thadini Dimple, Stephen Park, Jose Ramos, Maya van Leemput, Peter Hayward, John Sweeney, Mei-Mei Song, and participants. Moderator: Sohail Inayatullah
16:30-16:45 Concluding Reflection總結回饋與反思 Moderator (主持人): Kuo-Hua Chen 陳國華
17:00 Close
November 11,2016
Time Event Chair Venue
Gaming the Futures Shun-jie Ji, Associate Professor and Director, GIFS, Tamkang University

Futures Studies, Experiential Futures and Gaming

Jake Dunagan, CENTRO, Mexico


City Futures and Gaming

Cindy Frewen, President, Association of Professional Futurist, USA

Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall (10th Fl.)
10:45-11:00 Break
Futures Studies in the Region Ivana Milojevic, Director, Metafuture. Serbia and Brunei.

Teaching Futures Studies for Three Decades

Wilhelm Chen, Associate Professor, GIFS, Tamkang University

Futures Studies in Taiwan

Mei-Mei Song, Assistant Professor, GIFS, Tamkang University

Outside the Comfort Zone: Pedagogical Learnings and Critical Reflections on Futures for Students

Nur Anisah Abdullah, Assistant Professor, Hamdan Bin Muhamad Smart University, Dubai and John Sweeney, Centre for Postnormal Studies, London, UK

Teaching the Future and Futuring Teaching in Bangladesh

Shakil Ahmed, Associate Director, Teach for Bangladesh.

1:00-2:00 Lunch
14:00-14:30 A Special Contribution from Kyung Hee University

Towards Global Eminence: Humanity and Peace Studies at Kyung Hee University

Jong-Pil Jeong, Kyung Hee University

Social Fiction in the Next 50 Years

Byongjin Ann, Professor, Kyung Hee University

14:30-15:30 The Politics and Futures of Gaming – Fish Bowl

Opening Speaker: Ivana Milojevic


Jang-bang Deng

Jake Dunagan

Li-Hui Peng

Mei-Mei Song

Shakil Ahmed

Then round 2 – speakers from day 1

Moderator, Sohail Inayatullah
16:30-16:45 Concluding Reflection總結回饋與反思 Moderator (主持人): Kuo-Hua Chen 陳國華
15:30-15:45 Break
15:45-16:30 A Game for Future Generations

Kewulay Kamara, Actor and Director, Badeya, Sierra Leone, A TEDX Speaker

16:30                            Close



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