Game on! Jane McGonigal swings by Portland to talk about gaming and education

It’s always amazing to me how lucky we are to have awesome people swinging by Portland. Especially when they sneak up on us. Case in point: did you know Jane McGonigal was speaking here, next week?

I know, right? Neither did I. WTF? Also? SQUEE!

For those of you who don’t know what I’m all excited about, Jane is one of the leading thinkers about gaming and immersive environments.

Jane McGonigal, PhD is a world renowned designer of alternative reality games — or, games that are designed to improve real lives and solve real problems. She has created and deployed award-winning games in more than 30 countries on six continents, for partners such as the American Heart Association, the International Olympics Committee, the World Bank Institute, and the New York Public Library. She specializes in games that challenge players to tackle real world problems, such as poverty, hunger and education. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How they Can Change the World. She directs gaming R & D at the Institute for the Future, the nonprofit firm where she developed Superstruct, a massive multi-player game in which players organize society to solve issues that will confront the world in 2019.

Here she is chatting at TED.


But I’d highly encourage you to take the opportunity to see her speak, in person.

For more information, visit the “Power of Gaming and Education.”

(Image courtesy RSLN. Used under Creative Commons.)

  1. I talked to her in person when she was at the Baghdad and she is actually even more anecdotal and vague, while totally excited.

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