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Q: WHAT IS THE IMAGINE BEACH 2030 EVENT?

Imagine BEACH 2030 is a two-day massively open online conversation that will invite all of CSULB’s staff, professors, students, administrators, alumni, and community members to consider the future of CSULB in the year 2030.

It will take place November 14–15 at csulb.edu/imagine, with a series of on-campus events and activities supporting the digital dialogue. The online platform driving the event is called the Foresight Engine. This platform is designed to help hundreds or thousands of people come together and share their hopes, concerns, and questions about the future in an engaging and collaborative environment. Imagine BEACH 2030 is part of BEACH 2030, a two year participatory visioning process that will culminate at the end of 2019 with the BEACH 2030 Vision Map and Strategic Plan. Find out more at csulb.edu/beach-2030

Q: WHY USE THE FORESIGHT ENGINE TO ENVISION THE FUTURE OF CSULB?

As innovators, we want to use a new and exciting approach to maximizing inclusion and idea generation. This platform is designed specifically to gather many diverse ideas to be shared across a large number of people. It includes playful elements that spark creativity and take people outside the bounds of normal modes of thinking. It encourages collaboration and perspective-taking, so participants can build empathy for each other’s hopes, concerns, and questions about the future. For more information, check out iftf.org/foresightengine.

Q: WHY FOCUS ON THE FUTURE?

When we imagine the future together, what we’re really doing is participating in the process of building the future. We imagine what we might do in a world of new possibilities so that we can take advantage of new opportunities and avoid future challenges. We think about the difficult decisions that we’ll have to make in the future, and how those decisions will impact education, the university system, and our communities. By thinking about that future now, we give ourselves more time to consider our strategic response. Education, work, research, funding landscapes, and the skills people need to thrive in the future are changing fast, and CSULB needs to prepare for the future, today.

Q: WHY ONLY TWO DAYS?

One of the most exciting elements of a Foresight Engine event is how many people are in the same conversation at the same time. This real-time engagement with hundreds or thousands of other people creates an atmosphere of excitement, possibility, and collaboration. One of the best ways to get so many people on at the same time is to limit participation to a small window of opportunity. This drives up enthusiasm and momentum and allows for the maximum amount of fun and engagement. At the end of the 40 hours, the platform will stop accepting new ideas. However, the website and archive of our community conversation will remain live for six months after the end of the event. You will still be able to browse the conversations and search for people, ideas, and inspiration, as well as download a .csv file of the data to play with and analyze on your own!

Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PARTICIPATE?

Watching the future scenario video and adding your first idea will take less than 10 minutes! However, the magic of the platform isn’t just adding a single idea—it’s interacting with hundreds of others in conversation and a creative exchange of ideas, and seeing how those ideas evolve over time. Based on previous Foresight Engine events, we estimate that 30 minutes is enough to get comfortable and fully engaged on the platform. If you leave after 30 minutes, however (which is actually pretty hard to do—it’s a bit addictive and we really aren’t kidding when we say people get absorbed for hours!), we’d encourage you to set a calendar alert or alarm on your phone to come back again later to check out how conversations have grown and changed and what new ideas are trending.

Q: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE ONLINE EVENT? WILL WE SEE THE RESULTS?

Yes, you’ll see the results in multiple forms:

  • Live analysis will highlight key themes and winning ideas via the live blog and Twitter.
  • A post-event memo will be shared with CSULB’s network approximately two months after the event, with results analysis and synthesis of key themes.
  • A series of Foresight-Insight-Action workshops will be held throughout SP19 examining and deepening insights around cross-cutting themes and strategic action zones that will emerge from the Foresight Engine and other institutional conversations.
  • The BEACH 2030 vision map and strategic plan will be publicly released at the end of 2019, providing a synthesis of the process and outcomes, as well as the proposed path moving forward. While this marks the end of the BEACH 2030 two-year process, it’s only the beginning of the longer journey to our collective future.

Q: WHAT IF CLASSES OR CLUBS WANT TO TRACK THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS? HOW DOES THAT WORK?

To track participation, classrooms or groups can develop short hashtags to add to the end of all of the cards they play (Examples: #OceanResearch, #ENG210, or #TeamInfrastructure–feel free to get creative!). Then you can search that hashtag to see all the cards added by members of your group. Using the class hashtag, professors can track cards submitted by their students (if this were a homework assignment, for example). In terms of tracking individual students’ contributions, professors can either ask students to use their real name as their username, or to provide them their username.

Q: WILL THERE BE PRIZES?

Challenges and awards will be issued throughout the event to focus energy on important topics and issues. These challenges and the award-winning ideas they inspire will be announced on the live dashboard, through blog posts, and on social media.

In addition, upon conclusion of the event, 10 student contributors will be chosen at random and will win a $100 credit to the CSULB Bookstore.

Platform Questions

Q: WHAT ARE THE TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS?

You can participate in this online event via computer, tablet, or smartphone—all you need is a reasonably-recent version of a modern web browser and an internet connection. The conversation will take place on the website csulb.edu/imagine.

Imagine BEACH 2030 is compatible with the Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge web browsers. It is not compatible with Internet Explorer (IE) and not all features are fully functional on Safari.

To get the latest version of Safari, Mac users should update to the latest OS. Alternatively, you can download the latest versions of other compatible browsers here:

Q: WHAT IF SOMEONE IS UNABLE TO ADD IDEAS VIA CSULB.EDU/IMAGINE?

If you’re unable to contribute your ideas via csulb.edu/imagine for any reason, you can contribute ideas via email during this online event. Email your idea to platformhelp@iftf.org with one of two hashtags:

Include #PositiveBEACH2030 in your email to contribute a new Positive Imagination card. (What’s something you’d like to see or be able to do at CSULB in 2030 that you can’t today?)

Include #ShadowBEACH2030 in your email to contribute a new Shadow Imagination card. (What’s a new challenge you think CSULB might face in 2030?)

Please be sure to indicate the username you would like to have included in the text of your idea.

For those who navigate the web via a screenreader, we recommend following Imagine BEACH 2030’s accompanying blog (the website you’re on right now!) for long-form, real-time idea analysis during the event and exploring csulb.edu/imagine itself via its Leaderboard or Timeline view.

Looking for accessibility-related resources? Find out more about CSULB’s Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Center resources here.

Q: I saw a BROWSER security MESSAGE earlier?

Happy to let you know that this has been resolved! Please clear your browser cache and join the conversation.

Q: WHAT HAPPENS TO PARTICIPANTS’ DATA? HOW SECURE IS THE PLATFORM?

To participate, you do not need to provide any personal data at all. We do recommend you sign up with a current email address so we can send you updates and alerts when you earn achievements or as other exciting things are happening during the event.

Participants will have the option to add social media or other personal contact information to their profiles if they want other participants to be able to contact them after the event ends; this is entirely voluntary and completely optional.

Q: What do I have to do to register?

Go to csulb.edu/imagine, watch the short scenario video, and click STEP 2: LET’S GO! Foresight Engine will ask you to play your first idea card, and after clicking PLAY A CARD you will be prompted to create a userID and password. It will also ask you to enter an email address and some information about your affiliation.

Q | Where do I go to play if I’ve already registered?

Go to the same place — csulb.edu/imagine— and click LOG IN. Enter your email address and password to begin playing. If you forget your password, click FORGOT MY PASSWORD.

Q | How do I RESPOND TO SOMEONE’s IDEA?

Click the REPLY button on the card you want to build on. Then type your 280-character build on the idea. Click the SUBMIT button.

Q | WHEN I PLAY A CARD, I DON’T SEE IT IN THE PLATFORM. WHAT HAPPENED TO IT?

You may need to refresh your browser to see it. Sometimes it can take several minutes for your card to appear for other participants but don’t worry, it will show up within a few minutes!

Q | What do I do if I forget my password?

Go to csulb.edu/imagine and click on FORGOT MY PASSWORD.

Q | Nothing happens when I sign in (or I get a time-out message).

Report the problem to: platformhelp@iftf.org

When lots of people are on the platform, the dashboard may be slow to load. It’s a good sign … it means lots of your colleagues are busy playing cards. But it shouldn’t happen. So we want to know. If you can’t connect to Imagine BEACH 2030 after a few tries, let us know. In the meantime, check your internet connection to be sure it’s a good one.

Q | HOW DO I FOLLOW ANOTHER PARTICIPANT?

1. Click the person’s avatar or name on a card they have submitted.
2. Click the FOLLOW button under their avatar on their profile.

When you click a person’s avatar, his or her profile appears. When you click on the FOLLOW button, it turns orange and changes to FOLLOWING, you can view all of that person’s cards in the GAMEBOARD view by clicking the teal FILTER CONVERSATIONS button.

Q | CAN I SEE IF OTHER PLAYERS ARE FOLLOWING ME?

No, and they can’t see if you’re following them.

Q | HOW DO CARDS GET MARKED AS SUPER INTERESTING?

Platform Guides mark cards as Super Interesting. These guides are constantly watching the flow of cards to pick out the most novel and innovative ideas they see. When a card is marked as Super Interesting, a star appears at the top of the card, and the card appears in the list of Super Interesting cards on the Leaderboard. (Use the slider arrows to move from column to column on the Leaderboard.)

Q | HOW CAN I USE #HASHTAGS IN MY CARDS?

  • To create your own #hashtag, simply type # in front of the word you want to use as a
    hashtag.
  • To use one of the challenge #hashtags or other trending #hashtags, type it as part of your card
    text.

The 280 character limit includes #hashtags.

When many participants use a certain #hashtag, it appears in the list of trending #hashtags on the dashboard. You can search on a #hashtag using the Search function to see all the cards that use that #hashtag. You can also use a #hashtag as a filter in the GAMEBOARD view by clicking on “Filter Conversations” and entering the hashtag you would like to follow.

Q | HOW CAN I LINK MY CARD TO A CHALLENGE ?

Include the challenge #hashtag in your card.

Only the cards that include the relevant challenge #hashtag are eligible to win.  You can find all the challenges and their #hashtags here.

Q | HOW CAN I FIND A CARD ?

Type a keyword in the Search bar in the upper center area of the Gameboard, Leaderboard, or Timeline views.

Q | HOW CAN I VIEW MY PERSONAL PROFILE?

Click on your avatar in the top left-hand corner of your browser window, on the Leaderboard portion of the dashboard, or from the Your Position list on the right side of the dashboard.

Your basic profile information is set up when you create a player. As you play cards, more information is added. You cannot change the information in your profile once it is set up.

Q | WHAT SHOULD I DO IF A PLAYER IS ABUSING THE PLATFORM IN SOME WAY?

Report problem players immediately to platformhelp@iftf.org. Platform Guides make every effort to avoid censorship during a Foresight Engine game. However, if someone is using the game in ways not intended by the platform or in a consistently abusive manner that violates the terms of use, the guides can take action to remove a player’s cards.