Jane McGonigal on Games for a Better World

Jane’s argument for how Gamers and Game culture can improve the real world in in total synch with much of what I was discussing with regards to the application of emerging technologies to help deal with the Gulf Oil Spill on Opensource.com today.

The two EPIC games we need to get everyone involved in right now are what I call SOS games- Stop the Oil Spill and Save our Shores.

Spend the 18 minutes watching Jane….after you see World Without Oil, Superstruct and Evoke, you too will see that Games could well be the foundation upon which our sustainable future depends.

Interview in New Online Journal

A colleague from IBM interviewed me for a new online journal called Transformative Works and Cultures.
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A few quotes from the interview to whet your appetite:

    Whether you come at it from the gaming industry perspective or from the perspective of gaming sensibilities making their way into industry in general, at core is the fact that as we move from a world where we connect to the Web to one where we connect through and within it, the enriched communication and social interaction is changing how we live, work, and play.

    In the services-driven, information-age economy, the need for collaborative cocreation of new offerings at the edge of the enterprise is becoming increasingly important. This in turn raises the question whether the bureaucracy that was created to optimize efficiency in the industrial age is the best enterprise governance system to drive innovation and creativity in the information age

    I believe that as we become further immersed in the information age, it will become increasingly important to invoke play into daily work to cut through the routine and mundaneness associated with many analyst-type roles. We are already seeing this pop up in different industries where gaming techniques and incentive schema are being applied for everything from recognizing and naming craters on a newly identified planet to coming up with a commercial spacecraft.

To read the whole interview you can read it here.