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  • Published: 16 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9781787635623
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $40.00


How to see the future coming and be ready for anything

Learn how to open your mind, think the unthinkable, imagine the unimaginable and plan for the future with creativity and optimism.

How can we be confident about making plans? How might we feel secure despite the future being unknown? How do we learn to feel at peace with the unexpected?
When we think about the future it can be difficult to feel that we have any control. We aren't confident that we can take actions and make decisions that help determine what happens next. We want to feel prepared, hopeful and equipped, and to face the future with optimism. Or, better yet, change the future. But how do we map out our lives when it feels impossible to predict what the world will be like next week, let alone next year? Jane McGonigal, a renowned future forecaster, reveals that 'unimaginable' events aren't unimaginable before they happen. It is possible to see them coming and it's a mindset that can be learned by engaging with tools, games and ideas that will allow you to dive into the future before you live it. By learning to think the unthinkable and imagine the unimaginable you can better plan for a future you'd like to see. And by seeing what's coming faster, you can adapt to new challenges, reduce anxiety, and build hope and resilience.

  • Published: 16 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9781787635623
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $40.00

About the author

Jane McGonigal

Jane McGonigal, Ph.D. is the Director of Game Research and Development at the Institute for the Future. Her work has been featured in The Economist, Wired, and The New York Times; and on MTV, CNN, and NPR. In 2009, BusinessWeek called her one of the 10 most important innovators to watch. She has given keynote addresses at TED, South by Southwest Interactive, the Game Developers Conference and was a featured speaker at The New Yorker Conference.

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Praise for Imaginable

Jane McGonigal is unusually adept at anticipating events that most of us can't even fathom. In this eye-opening, actionable book, she teaches you how to widen your peripheral vision, extend your imagination farther into the future, and conceive of the inconceivable.

Adam Grant, #1 bestselling author of Think Again

Reading this book is like sitting down with a creative, optimistic friend-and getting up as a new version of yourself. Jane McGonigal has long been a visionary. Now she teaches the rest of us how to be one too.

Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of When and To Sell Is Human

In Imaginable, Jane McGonigal teaches us to bring soul-stirring imagination to our daily lives. As she persuasively demonstrates, imagination training is more than just a skill set: It's a creativity boost, a mindset shift, and an emotional uplift, all rolled up in one. The life-changing techniques you'll learn in this science-packed book will help you choose your future and feel more in control of what happens next.

Nir Eyal, New York Times bestselling author of Hooked and Indistractable

Imaginable is a delightful and actionable antidote to apocalypse: an invitation to play with the future as if it were limited by nothing but our own imaginative capacity. An inspiring read.

Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock and Team Human

Imaginable is more than a book, it's a mindset upgrade. It teaches you to think more creatively and optimistically about what's next. You'll be excited about the future rather than fearful of it. Your brain will be on fire with new possibilities. And you'll never call anything 'unimaginable' or 'unthinkable' again.

Peter H. Diamandis, New York Times bestselling author of The Future Is Faster Than You Think

With Imaginable, Jane McGonigal has pulled off a rare and essential feat: she's written a book filled with inspiring ideas about how the future might play out that also provides immediate, practical tools to help you think more creatively about how you can change that future yourself.

Steven Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From and Farsighted

Imaginable is one of those rare and thrilling books that actually changes you. It translates scientific insights into psychological breakthroughs, giving you a new set of tools to feel more hopeful, more creative, more awake to your dreams for the future. It empowers you with what McGonigal calls a sense of 'urgent optimism.' It will help you transcend the present moment to realize your full potential and make a future that's better for all.

Scott Barry Kaufman, psychologist and author of Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization and Wired to Create

A unique and insightful look at how games and simulations can not only teach us about the past but give us a window into our future. Jane McGonigal's work provides us with a whole new set of tools to make important decisions better, faster, and more transparently.

Sid Meier, creator of Civilization

Expertly blending practical advice and big-picture thinking, this is a stimulating guide to preparing for the future. Readers will be inspired to put their imaginations to use.

Publishers Weekly

No game will perfectly predict the future. But, as a way of vividly exploring possible futures, they are hard to beat.

Tim Harford, Financial Times

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