Can Games Solve Global Issues?

I was looking to help me launch a discussion on games, technology, and social global problems, and lo and behold, I stumbled onto this video from CNN featuring game designer Jane McGonigal.

(Just tried embedding it, and it’s not working so here is the link)

In this video, McGonigal talks about how games can save the world. She talks about it in her book also Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change The World (great book, by the way– it’s really interesting. Maybe I’ll write a post about it next), but in this video she’s talking about a game that she helped design called Evoke. The game brought people together from all of the world. Hold on, I actually wrote about it in my senior thesis. Let me dig it up and post what I wrote…

Evoke introduces itself as “a ten-week crash course in changing the world.” Running from March 3 through May 12, 2012, Evoke is a social networking game aimed to empower people worldwide to develop creative solutions to the world’s social problems. Players collaborated with each other via blogs, videos, and pictures to share their experience and ideas in order to solve problems like world hunger, limited clean water, and violence in Africa. The game was designed by Jane McGonigal and the World Bank.

So anyways, check out what McGonigal has to say about Evoke and how games can help save the world.


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