Executive Summary of UCSF2025 Results

Interested in the highlights of UCSF2025?  Check out the the UCSF2025 Executive Summary and tell us what you think by commenting below.

-Team UCSF2025

 

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Weigh in to Take It Further

On September 11-12, 2013, the UCSF community convened to run a forecast game about the future of UC San Francisco in the year 2025.  2,583 players ranging from faculty & staff to students, alumni, and friends of UCSF registered to play and shared 24, 711 ideas in response to the question What if you could map the future of UCSF in just 36 hours?

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Ultimately, analysis of this game took the pulse of the university, and resulted in two key zones to which UCSF should pay special attention:

1) Opportunity Spaces:  negotiate new partnerships, pioneer new funding models, rethink research and publication, re-envision health sciences education, and transform patient care.  These make up the core of the memo.

2) Outlier Insights:  these grouped into categories: people, practices, tools, capacities, leadership and are highlighted in the appendix.

In addition to the analysis of big ideas that surfaced, we invite you to explore the output of the game by searching the Game Archive to find ideas related to topics you think will drive urgent futures for UCSF.

Follow these three simple steps:

1.  Go to http://game.ucsf2025.org/users/sign_in

2.  If you played the game when it was live, then Sign In using the same username and password that you did during game play.  If this is your first time on the game site, then click Sign Up to get access.

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3.  Use the search bar located in the upper right to find ideas related to a word or phrase that interests you.

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Here are a couple of example search results:

Search Query:  basic research (no quotes necessary)  Search Result:  http://game.ucsf2025.org/search?q=basic+research&search=Search

Search Query:  computer sciences (no quotes necessary)  Search Result:  http://game.ucsf2025.org/search?q=computer+science&search=Search

Search Query: biosilicon Search Result:  http://game.ucsf2025.org/search?q=biosilicon&search=Search

We hope the ideas players shared will help prime your thinking as you continue to map the future of UCSF.  In the next few blog posts, we’ll share some of the big ideas from the game, and we need you to weigh in on them to help us take them further.  Tell us:

What other big ideas do you see around each opportunity space?

What would you need to make this future real?

How can you expand on this set of ideas?

-Team UCSF2025

PS–There were several excellent near-term operational ideas (in contrast to the longer-term, strategic ideas highlighted in this series of blog posts).  These have been shared inside of UCSF.  Key categories include:  improving employee engagement, health and wellness, “simple solutions,” transit, sustainable campus life, and procurement.

 

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2025 Opportunity | Negotiate New Partnerships

UCSF has built its foundation here as a brick-and-mortar biomedical research campus in San Francisco, with ties to both local communities and to the more than 50 countries around the world in which it works. Increasingly, medicine, health sciences research, and education are breaking out of their local silos to reach out across industries and around the world for more knowledge, more partnerships, and greater impact.

Over the next decade, new data sharing, innovative ways of collaborating and learning at a distance, and digital tools for practicing medicine remotely will expand UCSF’s already impressive global reach.

The opportunity space: for UCSF to expand its footprint of influence, action and impact as medical and research resources around the world are untethered from traditional institutions. And to do so while maintain strong bonds with local Bay Area communities and experimenting with new, unexpected partnerships.

Illustrative themes:  Collaborate on Health Data, Leverage Partners Within and Across UC System, Partner for Influence, Build the BioSilicon Valley, Partner with K-12

We need you to weigh in on this 2025 opportunity space to help us take it further.  Using the comment field, tell us:

What are other big ideas around this opportunity space?

What would you need to make this future real?

How can you expand on this set of ideas?

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2025 Opportunity | Pioneer New Funding Models

From medical research to higher education and patient care, traditional sources of funding are becoming increasingly uncertain. The large institutions that have distributed funds— state and federal government, insurance companies, and large corporate investors—are all facing new challenges themselves, while philanthropy is facing increasing demand from all sides. In short, traditional funding is no longer a sustainable model for supporting the future of health.

Meanwhile, nascent experiments in financial alternatives are already remaking the landscape of investment and entrepreneurial funding. Crowdfunding, peer-to-peer insurance and lending, and even alternative currencies and time banking are providing new ways for people to get what they need to support their education, their work, and their health.

The opportunity space: for a major institution like UCSF to transform its financial infrastructure in order to take advantage of new and more sustainable funding opportunities.  And to do so all in one short decade.

Illustrative themes:  Develop Expertise in Boomers & Convert into Loyal Community, Master Crowdfunding, Explore New Currencies for Exchange

We need you to weigh in on this 2025 opportunity space to help us take it further.  Using the comment field, tell us:

What are other big ideas around this opportunity space?

What would you need to make this future real?

How can you expand on this set of ideas?

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2025 Opportunity | Rethink Research & Publication

In the next decade, research will increasingly leverage human-software symbiosis as smart machines and software enter almost every domain of our lives.  Simulation and visualization tools in particular will change the flows of research, extending human capabilities and enabling us to do things in new ways and to accomplish previously unimaginable tasks.

Research flows will increasingly include acknowledgement of micro-contributions; that is, lightweight contributions by hundreds and thousands to create a greater sense of the big picture.  At the same time, the publication flows and peer review systems that have formed the backbone of traditional research and publication, will continue to feel like overly encumbered systems.

The opportunity space:  to take advantage on a new set of foundational players all the way from basic research to publication and translation into impactful world-changing implementation.  These foundational players will be organizations and platforms functioning as modern-day utilities—in which learning, connection and reputations flow.

Illustrative themes:  Lead in Simulation, Revamp the P2P Review Process, Create Shared Platforms for Protocols, Develop Strength in Translating Basic Research

We need you to weigh in on this 2025 opportunity space to help us take it further.  Using the comment field, tell us:

What are other big ideas around this opportunity space?

What would you need to make this future real?

How can you expand on this set of ideas?

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2025 Opportunity | Re-Envision Health Sciences Education

Across disciplines and around the world, education is undergoing a transformation as profound as the founding of universities and the introduction of public education. With growing costs and diminished funding for traditional classrooms—and with rapid evolution of knowledge in a highly interconnected online world—learning at every level is moving into digital spaces, both public and private.

Today, a new generation of players is entering the field to provide learning services, from global tutors and mentors to new institutions unencumbered by legacy systems, bureaucracy, regulations, and expectations. These new learning systems are creating a different kind of student, with unique skills, learning goals, and expectations of the role of education in their work lives.

The opportunity space:  for UCSF to pioneer new platforms and practices in health sciences education that attract the most forward-focused and skilled learners, while integrating them into a rapidly changing landscape of health and medicine.

Illustrative themes:  Create Open Learning Systems, Strategically Leverage MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses), Get Creative about Space

We need you to weigh in on this 2025 opportunity space to help us take it further.  Tell us:

What other big ideas around each opportunity space?

What would you need to make this future real?

How can you expand on this set of ideas?

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2025 Opportunity | Transform Patient Care

Over the past decade, new health care players have begun to redesign the patient care marketplace. From retail health outlets for flu shots to full-body scanning services to digital diagnostic equipment, patient care is moving out of traditional hospitals and clinics and into homes, workplaces and new health care businesses. At the same time, hospitals are beginning to specialize, with big corporate contracts to serve employees seeking particular procedures (such as heart care).

This process will accelerate over the next decade, as cheap sensors and advances in biosciences make our brains, genes, microbiomes, biomarkers, activity levels, and even emotional health metrics available to people outside the walls of traditional health institutions—and as these institutions struggle to balance legal demands for more systematic processes with consumer demands for more personalized care.

The opportunity space:  for UCSF to super-charge patient care in a rapidly shifting ecosystem of health service providers, technologies, and consumer practices.

Illustrative themes:  Move Precision-Medicine Upstream, Highlight Human Connection in Community, Innovate Technology Infrastructure for Learning & Patient-Centered Care

We need you to weigh in on this 2025 opportunity space to help us take it further.  Using the comment field, tell us:

What other big ideas are there around this opportunity space?

What would you need to make this future real?

How can you expand on this set of ideas?

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Final Top 10 Leaderboard

Screen shot 2013-09-12 at 10.03.13 PMWith 24,711 ideas played by 2,583 registered players, the game ended at 8pm pacific today.

Thanks to all players who contributed ideas over the past 36 hours.

A special shout-out to the 10 players that reached the top of the leaderboard as we crossed the finish line.

Some played as individuals–ranging from player Esther, a recent masters grad to player Alex, a physician–and everything in between. We are in awe of you!

Others played as teams who collaboratively played–like TeamAging and Team CPC_Ag.  We applaud this innovative way of cooperating to compete!

Play the game, map the future of UCSF.

-Team UCSF2025

 

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Higher Education Hero Award!

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The Higher Education Hero award goes to the most creative idea for reinventing higher education for the health sciences.

And the winner is…gravitytank_ann for their card, and the subsequent conversation it sparked, around a new path for families to leverage contextual learning from caregiving for educational flows.

As Rachel mentioned earlier, over the past two years there has been an explosion of innovations in learning outside of the classroom. Right now everyone is abuzz about MOOCs, or Massively Open Online Courses, but as IFTF executive director Marina Gorbis has pointed out, when we think just about MOOCs, we are thinking too small—we are moving towards a point where every life experience can be counted as a learning moment.

Player gravitytank_ann’s winning card on a new learning network for family caregivers puts that idea into practice. It takes a group of people who are already hard at work—family caregivers—and amplifies their experiences. Actions that before could have been seen as daily routine, or even burdensome, could count as work experience hours. Courses on new skills could be taken while actually using those skills at home. And have something you’re already particularly good at? You could teach that class to other caregivers—in your area or around the world. All of these actions can help you work towards a career as a health professional—or just add more learning moments in your life. Such a platform could revolutionize higher education in the health sciences by tapping into a more diverse group of students, providing more immersive and real-world learning experiences, changing the methods of course examinations, and creating a more caring community.

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Congratulations, gravitytank_ann!

Throughout game play, IFTF game guides were pouring over all of the amazing ideas and interactions to pull out some of the most innovative and provocative thoughts. So many ideas were played but we wanted to highlight the top players, cards, and chains that really stood out for their extraordinary contributions to a particular field. 

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Funding Innovator Award!

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The Funding Innovator Award goes to the most creative idea for innovative funding models for research and health.

And the winner is…player infrared (a freelance mathematician in Portland, Oregon), for their card on funding health research via aggregating many, small-scale contributions left over from individual Health Savings Accounts. A new way of looking at investments!

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Congrats to player infrared!

Throughout game play, IFTF game guides were pouring over all of the amazing ideas and interactions to pull out some of the most innovative and provocative thoughts. So many ideas were played but we wanted to highlight the top players, cards, and chains that really stood out for their extraordinary contributions to a particular field. 

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