Suzanne Seggerman

Suzanne Seggerman is an award-winning activist and new media thought leader.  Co-founder and former President of Games for Change (G4C), the leading global advocate for social impact games, Suzanne founded the organization in 2004 with the belief that games can change the world – for the better. Suzanne acted as the lead curator and artistic director of the Games for Change Festival, now in its eighth year, growing the event from a small 40-person gathering to the largest game event in New York City. She also served as primary evangelist for the new social movement, and has spoken at conferences and festivals around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, PopTech and TED. She has been featured in a wide variety of press including the New York Times, Time Magazine, ABC News, The Korea Times, Newsweek, and The Guardian. Suzanne was named one of 10 Tech Pioneers by Contribute Magazine, one of the 2008 “Women Leading in Technology in Politics and Policy,” and was shown on the Sundance Channel in their New Revolutionaries series. She has been featured in several books, including Fun Inc: Why Games are the 21st Century’s Most Serious Business by Tom Chatfield (Virgin Books, 2010) and Julia Moulden’s The New Radicals: A Manifesto for Reinventing Yourself and Saving the World (McGraw Hill, 2007).  Suzanne was an inaugural winner of the MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Award.  Before G4C, Suzanne was a director at NYC-based think tank Web Lab, where she co-curated the show “Provocations” in 2002, the first national exhibition of games and social issues.  Her own background in creating new media included community-oriented interactive environments and the design of alternative games, which earned her awards from New Voices New Visions and Communications Arts. Before joining Web Lab, Suzanne worked in documentary film, including on the award-winning PBS series, “The West,” created by Stephen Ives and Ken Burns, and as co-producer on “Race for Life,” a documentary film and humanitarian aid about environmental issues in Eastern Europe after the fall of communism.  Suzanne has a Masters from ITP at NYU and is a nationally ranked Scrabble player.

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