From Pre-K to Post-Retirement: Could CSULB become a lifelong learning network?

Throughout the first day, alumni were a big topic of conversation. Over 100 cards containing ideas about how to support alumni, how to keep them engaged and how to tap them as a resource were generated in the first 24 hours of gameplay.

But when MAHESH DIXIT suggested that CSULB use new metrics to measure student success after graduation (a provocative, outstanding, and potentially very impactful idea in its own right), EVELYN WARWINTH responded with one of the most popular ideas about alumni. She notes “I love the idea! Would alumni offerings help encourage activities and practices that support these metrics? Volunteering networks, e.g. #EngagedAlumni”

Several others voiced support for alumni involvement in mentoring that goes beyond academic performance to include the metrics MAHESH DIXIT highlighted, (giving back to community, lifelong learning, life satisfaction).

In a separate thread, NICK MATTHEWS  suggested CSULB provide students with academic life coaches, a positive imagination card that received a lot of support. But the idea’s evolution took a key turn as LAURA GARCIA and KAREN NAKAI imagined the scope of this kind of life coaching and mentorship going beyond the students’ years at University. Laura wrote, “Great idea Nick. This would be a great way to help students not only navigate the university but start to think about life after graduation as well! #CED #EDD #EDLD #EDLD725bossladies #EDLDCohort12” And Karen noted that “maybe academic coaches could begin with elementary school students and follow them through high school.”

CURTIS BENNET and  DR. INVISIBLE chimed in that peer educators could be utilized for this role as well.

BUSHWICK ROSE imagined a 2030 where graduate students were paired with preschool students, sparking a whole new discussion about intergenerational education, with several players enthusiastic about the notion of tapping the knowledge of seniors to mentor students of all ages. Susanne F wrote, “This reminds me of an experiment that was made where there was a preschool inside a nursing home. This was beneficial to both the kids as well as the senior population. I think there is a lot we can learn from cross-generational mentorship and partnering.”

When taken together, these ideas reveal a vision of a CSULB lifelong learning network, in which students receive support from preK through post-college graduation, and they support the learning of others from college enrollment through the rest of their lives, even in (or especially in) retirement!

How might we repurpose parking lots in a future of autonomous vehicles?

CSULB has long been a commuter college, with massive parking lots providing 14,000 parking spaces to nearly 40,000 students, faculty and visitors. But what if we didn’t need all that parking space in 2030? If the advent of self-driving vehicles substantially reduced the number of cars that park  on campus, what could we use that space for?

Answers to this question abounded in the first few hours of gameplay.

One of the most radical responses came from DEBORAH GUILBEAU, who imagined “mini-cities” in former parking spaces, providing students with not just housing, but also stores and other services.

Super Interesting Positive Imagination: Deborah Guilbeau "build little mini cities in the open parking lots with housing and shops for students/staff/faculty"

More housing and amenities would keep more students on campus and, as JAMES FERREIRA asserts, could help students focus on their studies.
Not all students, of course, are able to be on campus full-time, with work and family commitments pulling them away from the school. WENDY suggested on-demand housing in the form of hotels as a way of meeting the needs of those students and their visiting families.

Positive Imagination: Wendy "It would be nice to have a hotel on campus! #Hotel"

(A hotel, JEANETTE JONES, pointed out, could be student-run, providing “experiential hands-on learning for the hospitality students.”)

Several people wanted to unpave the parking lots to get some green spaces for the students.

Super Interesting, Positive Imagination: Parking & Transportation "Replacing parking lots with organic gardens. #DAF #Parking #Sustainability"

(In fact, NANCY SL,  HOLLI and MARTY STAGG pointed out that the campus could be more green by creating rooftop and vertical gardens, as a way of improving personal and planetary well-being.)

In Response To: "Use roofs as surfaces for green roofs. We could grow food and maybe even develop an urban agriculture degree program! #LB4Sustainability REPLY: Marty Stagg "Multiple benefits of green roof tech-it reduces the Heat Island Effect, puts green space into direct contact with building tenets, and increases oxygen!"

Finally, JOHN flipped the idea of repurposing CSULB parking lots on its head, suggesting that CSULB use surrounding cities’ vacant parking lots as new CSULB sites, to bring learning to students and non-students alike, wherever they are!

Positive Imagination: John "Self-driving transportation will free up parking lot land on campus and throughout the Los Angeles area. We can use these areas to transform our university. With technology changing so quickly, using some of these areas for life-long learning seems like a good idea."