UCSF2025: Mapping the Future of UC San Francisco
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.
- 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)
More About this Project
For More Information
- UCSF2025 Project and Game—email Rachel Hatch at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Foresight Engine—email Sean Ness at email@example.com