Taking Advantage of the Power of Play

(This is a cross-post from Edutopia.)   By Matthew Farber, Ed.D.   Can designing games about real-world issues teach students empathy, systems thinking, and design thinking? After organizing a series of game jams last year around serious social issues—immigration, climate change, future cities—I discovered the answer to be an overwhelming yes.   What Are Game… Read more »

Announcing One Gamer Fund: Support 7 gaming-related charities this weekend

Donate once, support 7 game-related charities from now through September 24   We are proud to be a part of One Gamer Fund, an initiative to benefit seven game-related charities that support gamers or game developers: Able Gamers, Child’s Play, Global Game Jam, the IGDA Foundation, Stack-Up, Take This, and Games for Change. Inspired by United Way,… Read more »

GBL Continues to Take Hold, But Will Any of Us Be Here to See It Succeed?

(This is a cross-post from Gamesandlearning.org)     Nearly 1,000 developers, educators, researchers and influencers – a record number — attended this year’s Games for Change Festival in New York City. One of three tracks of programming, the Games for Learning Summit, featured more than 50 speakers representing all aspects of the industry, from a… Read more »

UNLEASH Innovation Lab: Unleashing the potential of games on UN Sustainable Development Goals

By Sara Cornish     Last month, I proudly represented Games for Change at UNLEASH Innovation Lab, the first-ever convening of 1,000 public and private sector leaders from 129 countries to tackle the Sustainable Development Goals. We spent nine days going through a facilitated process of problem framing, exploring development challenges from different angles, international… Read more »

Changing VR at VR for Change

By Mitch Gelman   (This article is a cross-post from the Journalism 360 blog.)   The topics are big ones: How can VR storytelling engender change? What is the nexus of games and journalism? Where do new media require new ethics?   At the VR for Change Summit in New York City this month, the… Read more »