Games and Play

22 01, 2013

Connected Citizens: Game-Based Forecasting

By | January 22nd, 2013|Games and Play|0 Comments

Luke Fretwell of Govfresh points to "Connected Citizens: Re-imagine How Government Works", another forecasting game run by Palo Alto, CA-based Institute for the Future (IFTF). From their blog post: What if we could re-program government together? What bugs would you fix? What would be the killer app? How would you combine citizen and government data to improve services [...]

24 10, 2011

IAP2 NorCal Chapter Event: “Fixing Broke(n) Governments through Serious Games”

By | October 24th, 2011|Events, Games and Play, Participatory Budgeting|0 Comments

If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, you might want to check out this exciting event the IAP2 NorCal Chapter is putting on (I'm chapter co-chair): IAP2 NorCal Event: Fixing Broke(n) Governments through Serious Games, November 17 in San Francisco Governments around the world are all facing budget shortfalls, spending cuts and reduced services. All [...]

8 03, 2011

Democs: Smart In-Person Process for Small-Group Consultations

By | March 8th, 2011|Facilitation, Games and Play, Research|2 Comments

Stephen Whitehead, researcher at London, UK-based New Economics Foundation (nef), recently alerted me to a new paper of theirs: Connected Conversations Reflecting on nef's decade of experience in democracy and participation, this pamphlet argues that tackling the biggest issues, from climate change to social inequality, needs to start with small conversations between friends and neighbours. [...]

24 08, 2010

Second Life and Empathy

By | August 24th, 2010|Games and Play, Radar|1 Comment

Reading up on the Knight Foundation's Technology for Engagement Inititative as they've just announced their first round of five projects to receive funding, I came across Boston, MA-based Engagement Game Lab. From their mission statement: The Engagement Game Lab at Emerson College is devoted to forging a place for games in urban civic life.  The [...]

4 02, 2010

Video from Future of the Forum: Epic Win

By | February 4th, 2010|E-participation, Games and Play|1 Comment

Jane McGonigal is a leading game designer and game researcher with an interest in public problem solving. I just learned about a new game she's been working on and which I'll write about shortly. As a preface to my upcoming post I wanted to briefly share this video of a talk she gave at the [...]