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Unpacking the Polak game

John Sweeny demonstrates how to play The Polak Game with the conference audience and how games can help strategy planning.

Frederik Lodewijk Polak's makes a bold statement about optimism and pessimism, creating four categories of belief about the future, divided on two axes: things are improving/worsening; and people can/can't do something about the future.

John A. Sweeney is an award-winning author, designer, and futurist. As a practitioner, consultant, and educator, John has organized, managed, and facilitated workshops and seminars, multi-stakeholder projects, and foresight gaming systems in over 30 countries.

John has worked with numerous universities, international development and humanitarian aid agencies, nonprofit foundations, Fortune 500 companies, and educational and cultural organizations, such Duke Corporate Education, The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, UNICEF, UNESCO, and UNDP’s Global Center for Public Service Excellence.

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    Unpacking the Polak game

    John Sweeny demonstrates how to play The Polak Game with the conference audience and how games can help strategy planning.

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