UCSF2025: Mapping the Future of UC San Francisco
UCSF2025: the interactive forecasting game
In her May 2013 TEDMED talk, UC San Francisco Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann said, “We have unprecedented ways of connecting big data and sciences to where our patients are. Could we make a Google map for health, a more flexible dynamic system” for health innovation and health care delivery?
On September 11 and 12, 2013, members of the UCSF community played UCSF2025, a 36-hour collaborative forecasting game, to map the future of UCSF. Run on IFTF's Foresight Engine platform, the game brought together faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the healthcare community to uncover new ideas that can reinvent UCSF—and the very concept of a health sciences university. A record 2,583 registered players shared 24,711 micro-contributions, building long chains of visions and strategies. Ideas spanned from turning caregivers into health professionals to creative new models for funding health research.
The Foresight Engine’s collaborative process creates a community driven by futures thinking, and allows voices to surface that normally are not included in the planning process. Chancellor Desmond-Hellmann joined the game alongside individuals and teams from across UCSF and around the world. It was a bottom-up, grassroots effort to generate transformative ideas about the future of health sciences research and education—to create a new map of UCSF in 2025.
This map is part of the UCSF 2.0 Initiative, a multi-year ef fort to identify opportunities to transform education, research, and health care, by engaging in a communitywide conversation to systematically explore this rapidly changing landscape. It offers a visual framework to understand the many future possibilities that have been generated in this ongoing process. These possibilities are just the beginning. We invite you to continue to explore and shape the future of UCSF.
Use this map to:
1 | Anticipate the Future: Explore the Innovation Zones
Immerse yourself in the future by exploring the future forces and innovation zones. These will orient you to the broad forces shaping the future and guide you to the biggest opportunity spaces where UCSF can make a real impact in the next decade.
2 | Consider the Possibilities: Map Your Future
Get started thinking about how UCSF can impact in each innovation zone by checking out the future possibilities. They provide an easy way to systematically look at the range of possible futures for UCSF.
3 | Make the Future Now: Embark on a Pathway Toward the Future
Check out the pathways to the future for simple, concrete actions you can take today to start making the future now. Use them to provoke experimentation and jumpstart the process of bringing these visions to life.
- Registered Players = 2,583
- Idea Cards Played = 24,711
In the Media
- UCSF preps new game plan—and everyone can play (San Francisco Business Times)
- UCSF2025 Challenges Community to Map the University's Future (UCSF News Center)
- No teams, but UCSF game can still draw a crowd (San Francisco Business Times)
- UCSF Gets into Competitive Spirit with UCSF2025 Game (UCSF News Center)
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