Exercises in Futility? Acceptance and Intentional futures

Miranda Booth, Gary Leigh

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Complexity prevails and perfect solutions remain elusive for the challenges that appear beyond our immediate control. From our health to our politics, to war and the inevitability of artificilal intelligence, serious games and simulations offer a valuable approach to understanding and addressing the intertwined crises and future possibilities. This proposal explores the role of serious games, including futility exercises which acknowledge the inevitability of certain outcomes while still fostering the resounding qualities of the human spirit to overcome. Serious games encompass a range of interactive and immersive experiences designed to simulate real-world scenarios and decision-making processes. Futility exercises, a specific type of serious game, introduce participants to situations where the end state is inevitable but provide opportunities to explore different strategies and responses. This approach helps us navigate the complex landscape of various crises and recognize that not all challenges can be fully resolved in the ways we first think. And we must think and not blindly act on untested assumptions or avoidance of certain constraints both material and immaterial. We advocate for the approaches that embrace the complicated and complex, to usher creativity, acceptance and focus on ways towards better futures of our intention.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2023
EventAustralian Political Studies Association Conference - University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 27 Nov 202330 Nov 2023


ConferenceAustralian Political Studies Association Conference
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