I am not much of a gamer. I just don’t have the time, frankly, for games. But I am willing to make this exception.
Via Boing Boing, I just discovered IFTF’s Superstructure game, probably one of the best serious games I have ever seen. It uses web2.0 technology and multimedia to create an environment where individuals collaborate on solving global problems in a rich future picture of the year 2019.
Apparently, according to the IFTF, 2019 is an intense era. (Doesn’t every generation think that they are at a crucial truning point in history, facing “unprecedented challenges?” It’s because they are.) Their YouTube videos of the various “Superthreats” are compelling. Watching each one made me realize that I, my employer, and my Church has a potential role in the solution.
The other thought I had was, “Where do I sign up?”
Superstructure is nothing more than an environment for bottom-up collaborative visioning and planning, seeded with a foresight technique called Incasting. This type of gaming could be done for a client. Hmmmm….
Below is a list of the ways Superstructure assigns reputation capital. This list of ways to advance in the game apparently is the set of skills that IFTF assumes is critical to being a future citizen.
- High Ping Quotient: Excellent responsiveness to other people’s requests for engagement; strong propensity and ability to reach out to others in a network
- Longbroading: Seeing a much bigger picture; thinking in terms of higher level systems, bigger networks, longer cycles
- Open Authorship: Creating content for public modification; the ability to work with massively multiple contributors
- Cooperation Radar: The ability to sense, almost intuitively, who would make the best collaborators on a particular task or mission
- Multi-Capitalism: Fluency in working and trading simultaneously with different hybrid capitals, e.g., natural, intellectual, social, financial, virtual
- Mobbability: The ability to do real-time work in very large groups; a talent for coordinating with many people simultaneously; extreme-scale collaboration
- Protovation: Fearless innovation in rapid, iterative cycles; the ability to lower the costs and increase the speed of failure
- Influency: Knowing how to be persuasive and tell compelling stories in multiple social media spaces (each space requires a different persuasive strategy and technique)
- Signal/Noise Management: Filtering meaningful info, patterns, and commonalities from the massively-multiple streams of data and advice
- Emergensight: The ability to prepare for and handle surprising results and complexity that come with coordination, cooperation and collaboration on extreme scales
I think I’ll go “roll me a character” and play along. See you in the future.