Using Game Design to "foster social change"

The World Wide Workshop, an organisation commited to using the internet for educational purposes of youth and children in developing communities, has created a wonderful site called MyGLife.org, through it’s Globaloria Project. It’s still in Beta – so I haven’t been able to test it yet – but just look at this:

MyGLife.org is comprised of an open architecture of educational, programmable websites and related wikis that offer more than 100 educational activities, simulations and tutorials to play, learn, explore and contribute new ideas online.

PLAY to Learn invites participants to play with an arcade of games, puzzles, creative tools and scientific simulations and to think about them critically as game developers. Donated and open source customized tutorials allow participants to tinker with the underlying game code and learn programming skills.

LEARN to Build features an extensive library of hand-picked, custom written and open source tutorials for learning Flash, HTML, Graphic Design, Wiki, Blogging and Project Development skills.

EXPLORE Web 2.0 Resources features links to recommended online resources and lists of suggested readings that will help participants.

CONTRIBUTE Knowledge and Support encourages participants to follow-up their learning by contributing works back to the site. Professional developers and organizations worldwide can also donate work and learn how to start MyGLife programs locally.

I’m thinking this is just as good for the old folks!

I mean – it’s just so freakin beautiful! I know I get carried away with these things – but I truly can’t help myself. Creating a site to teach users how to design and create their own games, give them the opportunity to collaborate and communicate with each other – AND – provide open-source games to play with?! That’s just – beautiful!

And to even further boost my amazement- BBC’s Culture Shock has an interview with a Ms Caperton:

She also said the site will particularly target students in Israel and the
Palestinian territories, in an effort to foster greater understanding between
them.

What an effort! I certainly wish them good luck and applaud them for such an amazingly creative effort and vision. Perhaps with the One Laptop Per Child project (Nicholas Negroponte’s TED talk)… naw….I won’t finish that sentence – just a tad too tacky and optimistic I think – hehe

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