Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Solving Through Gaming

Pick a world problem.

Any one.

Poverty. Famine. Insurrection. Global warming. A world without oil. War between nations or the sexes. Or any one of the hundreds of other problems in the world waiting to be solved.

And then ask yourself a simple, almost silly question.

"What if many of the world's greatest problems could be solved through gaming?"

Jane McGonigal, PhD is the author of "Reality is Broken": Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. She has created and deployed award-winning games in more than 30 countries. Jane has also developed internal game workshops for more than a dozen Fortune 500 Companies, including Intel, Nike, Disney, McDonalds, Accenture, Microsoft, and Nintendo.

Jane's #1 goal in life is to see a game designer nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Watch this recent TED Talk.

Really watch it (when you have the time, of course) and then decide for yourself if Jane is on to something here.

Interesting concept isn't it?

Leverage the collective intelligence of millions of gamers around the world and make a real dent in the universe through gaming. As Jane puts it, "When we're playing games, we're not suffering".

What do you think?

What would thought leaders like Aristotle, DaVinci or Einstein had thought about this concept if they were around today?

Is this an approach worth considering?


"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing"

p.s.... Jane also has a new secret headquarters. You can find it at http://www.janemcgonigal.com/.

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Mike Shanks PSP said...

Great post Gair!

Love the shrinking gap my friend!


Mark L. Fox said...

This TED video is great. I really liked it and believe what she is saying. In a similar scenario, it has always facinated me that programers will create incredible software for free (Like Word Press Plug Ins) and at the same time we have some creating computer viruses. The people that create these 2 things have the same skill set. Why do some go chose to go to the dark side and others pick good ?
Like gaming I believe it is the challenge and recognition they get