Playing games can save the planet

Inspiring ideas from TED: Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.

Great to see this as it chimes nicely with a project we’re developing, that, in it’s own modest way aims to use game and competition elements mechanisms to change behavior and hopefully get people to re-discover the joys of local things, for local people.

Power lunch

A quick update as a let my Haddock and chips digest, I had 6 eyes watching my every move while I ate it. All of the eyes were attached to cats.

Had a very productive power lunch today with Matt at the Lyric. We were joined by a 3 month old baby who wasted some of meeting by smiling and distracting us. The idea for mobile app to encourage local shopping hung by a thread, saved by some early morning inspiration, more news on that as soon as it’s fit to print. Matt’s work on the video building blocks project is taking shape nicely and has a nice political ‘of the moment’ angle to it. It was the first time I have literally had to wipe poo from someones’ arse after a meeting.

Next step is a half day of locking ourselves in a room to thrash out more detail. Oh and we need to find time to give some love to a new multiplatform game format.

Business plan 1a

Planning projects with my main man Matt Burton McFaul. The three main contenders are:

1) mobile app to encourage local shopping – in keeping with the Plugging the leaks approach of the NEF and part of the Transition Towns movement.
2) multi-platform game format, very social and plays on group dynamics.
3) digital story built from blocks we gather. We’re developing this as part of workshop that we’ll take on the road.

Oh and here’s some nice words I wrote down about our overall plan;

social shared
socially useful
healing edge (beyond the cutting edge is the bleeding edge, beyond that the healing edge)
work with good people
co-operative model?
USP that’s USB compatible