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FAQ: About the Game

Q | What is the UCSF2025 game?

The game is a 36-hour event designed to gather innovative ideas about the future of UCSF from the broadest possible cross-section of the UCSF community. It will be hosted on the Institute for the Future Foresight Engine platform designed specifically to engage crowds of hundreds and even thousands of people in sharing innovations, strategy, and foresight. It is part of a multi-phase project to map the future of UCSF—the UCSF 2.0 initiative.

Q | Why play a game to envision the future of the university?

As innovators, we want to use an innovative and new approach for maximizing inclusion and idea generation. This gaming approach is designed specifically to gather massively many diverse ideas to be shared across the community. Games take people outside the bounds of daily modes of thinking. When we want to think about the future, it’s important to loosen these bounds so that we can anticipate the plausible, but not-yet-realized.

Games also encourage both competition and collaboration—both can be very useful in building shared visions of the future. Finally, games are fun. Through the concept of play, we can generate meaningful conversations about UCSF’s future.

Q | Why focus on the future? Don’t we have enough pressing decisions today?

By thinking creatively and boldly about the longer term future, we can make more informed and strategically sound decisions today. Medicine, research, education, and indeed all the institutions of daily life are undergoing rapid change. It’s essential to see the long-term course for UCSF in this world with more clarity and to get people involved in making their own future.

Q | Why should I MAKE time to do this?

The game is a fast, easy, fun way to make sure your ideas are included in the vision of the future of UCSF. This is an opportunity for you to help define what UCSF can be; and a great way to get your ideas in front of the Chancellor, the leadership of UCSF, and your peers. You can make a meaningful contribution in less than five minutes. If everyone played just one 140-character idea, we’d have thousands of ideas in no time at all. Many find that the conversations are engaging and will want to spend more time exploring possible directions virtually with colleagues you may never have met before. This is an opportunity to help build the leading environment for delivering healthcare, educating scientists and healthcare professionals, and enabling research to meet the needs and opportunities of the future.

Q | Will I get recognition for my ideas?

The game is designed around winning! And there are lots of ways to win. Your ideas may be marked “Super Interesting” by a game master. Or they may be highlighted in a realtime game blog. And like any good game, you’ll have the chance to unlock awards as you go.

Q | Is the game the only way I can have a voice?

No. If you’re not available to play on September 11th-12th, you can send your ideas in advance via email to UCSF2025@ucsf.edu for inclusion in the game. Please use the email template for this and don’t forget to stick to tweet-like, 140 character ideas.

Q | What’s the purpose of the provocative future video? Isn’t it just one view of the future? 

Sometimes one good story about the future is the best way to explore all the possible innovations. This video is designed to be provocative, to immerse us in the world of 2025 and to challenge our familiar categories of students, faculty, staff, researchers, and patients. It also challenges our basic assumptions about what a “health sciences university” might look like in a world of globally connected big data, very high-resolution medical tools, and an educational landscape disrupted by new learning tools and pathways. These challenges to our assumptions encourage us to think outside familiar career paths, funding and business models, and institutional forms to build more resilient visions of UCSF in the decades to come. Given the drivers of change that will shape education, research, and medicine in the next decade, how will UCSF respond.

Q | Where is UCSF in this future scenario? We can hardly recognize the Institution that’s described here.

The technology that forms the backbone of our familiar institutions is being disrupted. These technological disruptions impact people and their behaviors and will ultimately necessitate the redesign of our institutions in fundamental ways. Part of the challenge of envisioning the future of UCSF is anticipating a future in which many of our large institutions are reconstructed in new forms.

Q | What happens after the game? Will we see the results? 

Yes, you’ll see the results in multiple forms:

  • Live analysis will highlight key themes and winning ideas via the game blog and Twitter as the game progresses.
  • A post-game memo will be released approximately 4 weeks after the game (depending on the number and type of responses), with game results analysis and synthesis. Posts on the UCSF website will announce this release.
  • After a review of the results, Phase 2 of the project will set up of a series of workshops to further develop the leading ideas and build visual maps of the future we collectively envision. Ultimately the results of the project, the categories of ideas, and the common themes across the game and workshops will add up to a big picture “long-term” vision for UCSF. We encourage participants to take ownership for their ideas and continue involvement post-game to help develop their ideas.

Q | What is the UCSF 2.0 Project and how is it different from other strategic efforts?

This is an experiment designed to transcend and build upon existing strategic plans—to help us develop a few big, bold ideas that can define our place in the world a decade from now. We are not pre-empting or replacing existing efforts. This project is in addition to those efforts, and its special goal is to identify new, bold ideas from the grassroots of the community.

Q | Why are we doing yet another strategic planning effort? Didn’t we just do this—as well as a huge OME event?

UCSF 2.0 is designed as an experiment, not a typical strategic planning effort. The goal is not to be constrained by near future issues, but rather allow for an open sandbox of large ideas that would not come out of a typical strategic planning exercise. The initiative however hopes to transcend but also complement existing strategic planning efforts. Precision medicine, related to OME summit, is one of the areas the game could explore.


Help: Navigating the Game 

Q | What do I have to do to register for the game?

 Go to http://uscf2025.org, watch the video, and click Create Player.

Foresight Engine will ask you to create a userID and password. It will also ask you to enter an email address and some information about your location, occupation, and affiliation (see Privacy Notes below). You will also have a chance to create your first forecast and earn your first 10 points.

Q: Where do I go to play the game if I’ve already registered?

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

Enter your userID and password to begin playing. If you forget your password, you can request a new one.

Q | What do I do if I forget my userID?

There is no automated way to retrieve a userID. You can try the following:

Q | How can I view my personal profile?

Click on your name in the Leaderboard.

Your basic profile information is set up when you create a player. As you play cards, more information is added. You cannot change the information in your profile once it is set up.

Q | Nothing happens when I sign in (or I get a time-out message).

Please report the problem to gamesupport@iftf.org.

Q | How do I see a card chain?

1. Click on a card.
2. On the next screen, any follow-on cards will appear below.
3. If the card you clicked on is a follow-on to a previous card, you’ll see a large number
above it, which you can click on to step up the chain.

Q | I can only see my position in the leaderboard, but I can’t see those at the top. How do I know who’s leading the game?

From the dashboard, use the left slider arrow to scroll to Most Forecasting Points.
The Most Forecasting Points column shows all the players in the order of points earned.

Q | How do I follow another player? 

1. Click the player’s name on a card or in the leaderboard.
2. Click the star under the player’s name in their player profile.

When you click a player’s name, his or her profile appears, with a gray star below it. When you click on the gray star, the star turns yellow, and all of that player’s cards show
up on the dashboard under the Players I’m Following column.

Q | How do I track a card? 

Click the star in the upper right corner of the card. When you click the star, it will turn yellow and that card will be listed on your dashboard in the Cards I’m Tracking column.

Q | Can I see if other players are following me?

No, and they can’t see if you’re following them.

Q | How do cards get marked as Super Interesting? 

IFTF game guides mark cards as Super Interesting. the game guides are constantly
watching the flow of cards to pick out the most novel and innovative ideas they see.
When a card is marked as Super Interesting, a colored circle appears on the corner of the
card and the card appears in the list of Super Interesting cards on the dashboard. (Use
the slider arrows to move from column to column on the dashboard.)

Q | What should I do if a player is abusing the platform in some way?

Game guides make every effort to avoid censorship during a Foresight Engine game. However, if someone is using the game in ways not intended by the platform or if language is consistently abusive, the game guides can take action to remove a player’s cards.  Please report problem players to gamesupport@iftf.org

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