Superstruct: Invent the Future game

Use blogs, wikis, forums, YouTube, Flickr, Facebook whatever, to tell of a world in trouble, in the year 2019.

A press release from the future:


SEPTEMBER 22, 2019

Humans have 23 years to go

Global Extinction Awareness System starts the countdown for Homo sapiens.

PALO ALTO, CA — Based on the results of a year-long supercomputer simulation, the Global Extinction Awareness System (GEAS) has reset the “survival horizon” for Homo sapiens – the human race – from “indefinite” to 23 years.

If there’s no oil left in 2019, who will drive cars…?

Flickr: TitoSlack

….Police only?

Superstruct is a Social Media game with a social conscience:

Superstruct! Play the game, invent the future.

This fall, the Institute for the Future invites you to play Superstruct, the world’s first massively multiplayer forecasting game. It’s not just about envisioning the future—it’s about inventing the future. Everyone is welcome to join the game. Watch for the opening volley of threats and survival stories, September 2008.


This is a game of survival, and we need you to survive.

Super-threats are massively disrupting global society as we know it. There’s an entire generation of homeless people worldwide, as the number of climate refugees tops 250 million. Entrepreneurial chaos and “the axis of biofuel” wreak havoc in the alternative fuel industry. Carbon quotas plummet as food shortages mount. The existing structures of human civilization—from families and language to corporate society and technological infrastructures—just aren’t enough. We need a new set of superstructures to rise above, to take humans to the next stage.

You can help. Tell us your story. Strategize out loud. Superstruct now.

It’s your legacy to the human race.

Want to learn more about the game? Read the Superstruct FAQ.

Superstruct Now

Get a head start on the game. It’s the summer of 2019. Imagine you’re already there, and tell us a little bit about your future self. Where are you having dinner tonight?

(Post your story below in the comments if you’re already an IFTF member, or email your answer to superstruct@iftf.org! We’ll post email replies on this blog throughout the summer.)

Hat tip: The lovely Gary Hayes. (*whispers*: I can say that, you can’t! ). From Jane McGonigal (Avantgame) and Jamais Cascio (Open The Future ), it’s being run through the Institute of the Future.

If you were given only 20 minutes a day on the internet, due to global warming and lack of fuel etc, which service would you use – your blog? Twitter? Facebook? email? Playboy… err scrap that. Well?

Anyway, the game looks awesome – you use user generated content to collaboratively tell a creative storyline. The News Channel of 2019, type of thing. Wikis, blogs, forums, YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter. A Blog Carnival on steroids.

Who’s in? I vote we are a band of rebels trying to get the cars and food and stuff away from the nasty rich people, while solving the fuel crisis. I promise not to blab if we get caught, but can’t promise not to cry. heh.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

One thought on “Superstruct: Invent the Future game

  1. Very interesting stuff. This kind of godlike role playing in the past has been pretty much reserved for sci-fi writers and philosophers. I often wonder how social media will transform the roles once filled by professional writers and other thinkers if the functions they have traditionally performed in society as specialists becomes increasingly collaborative and participatory.

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