đź”® This game designer predicted COVID 10 years ago. Here’s what’s coming next

In 2010, game designer Jane McGonigal built a simulation that allowed nearly 20,000 people to experience what it would be like to live in world  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 
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In 2010, game designer Jane McGonigal built a simulation that allowed nearly 20,000 people to experience what it would be like to live in world overwhelmed by a global pandemic. At that time, she asked participants what habits they’d change and, more presciently, what social interactions they’d avoid, if, say, they could work from home. Fast forward a decade later to when the “imagined” became reality. One of the participants got in touch to tell her they weren’t freaking out. “I already worked through the panic and anxiety when we imagined it 10 years ago.” In The Next Big Idea podcast hosted by Rufus Griscom, McGonigal explained the benefits of thinking like a futurist. “Because we’ve given ourselves 10 years, it allows us to dream bigger, and also enjoy that sense of time spaciousness to really make some changes or explore possibilities that we would dismiss as impossible today.” You can read her excerpted insights here.
—Lydia Dishman, @LydiaBreakfast
 
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