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IFTF Foresight Talks: How to Build Brave New Worlds
What does it take to design new worlds and tell powerful stories about possible futures? Join us on Thursday, July 16th at 9AM PT when IFTF's Director of Game Research and Development Jane McGonigal will host a free, public-facing webinar with guest Leah Zaidi, master storyteller and founder of the strategic foresight consultancy Multiverse Design. You'll hear some of Leah Zaidi's most surprising recent forecasts on the future of love technology and the future of work, while she unpacks the process of how she created them. Leah will give an up-to-date look at how the possible long-term consequences of our global COVID-19 response are changing and playing out differently in different parts of the world. Jane and Leah will also explore the connections between game design and the seven foundations of worldbuilding, inspired by how science fiction writers imagine and communicate new possibilities.

*Please note that there is a 500-person maximum for this webinar, so after the 500th person joins the webinar, entry will be unfortunately closed.

Jul 16, 2020 09:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Jane McGonigal
Director of Game Research + Development @IFTF
Jane is a world-renowned designer of alternate reality games—or, games that are designed to improve real lives and solve real problems. She believes game designers are on a humanitarian mission—and her #1 goal in life is to see a game developer win a Nobel Peace Prize. You can read more about Jane here: http://www.iftf.org/janemcgonigal/
Leah Zaidi
Founder @Multiverse Design
Leah is the Foresight Lead at Accelerated by Design (previously the Senior Foresight Strategist at Gensler). As a practitioner, she creates future-proof strategies, designs preferred future states and business models, and oversees complex organizational change. She has worked with a variety of arts and culture, financial services, academia, government, and not-for-profit organizations. In 2018, her research was recognized as one of the Most Significant Futures Work of 2017 by the Association of Professional Futurists. Her paper examined the worldbuilding practices of science fiction authors, from which she derived a foresight model that can be used to deconstruct and reconstruct complex problems and design preferred future states. Read more about Leah here: https://www.leahzaidi.com/about-me