Jane McGonigal Cooper Event

Jane McGonigal
Talk: "Games to Change the World"
by Jane McGonigal
November 14th, 2012

On November 14, 2012, ITS and the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsiblity hosted a public talk by world-renowned game designer Jane McGonigal. The event was organized with support from the William J. Cooper Foundation.

McGonigal harnesses the power of Internet games in new ways to help solve some of the biggest challenges facing our world. Her public talk was based on her book Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make us Better and How They Can Change the World, as well as recent game designs. She asked her audience to imagine a world in which every great challenge we face is a quest; where the harder a task is, the more people want to do it; where people take pleasure in failing and come back invigorated; and where they communicate spontaneously with their collaborators to pool their knowledge toward shared solutions. It turns out that world already exists -- in games.

The day after her public talk, Jane met informally with groups of students and faculty to continue the discussion about the potential for games in social change and in education.

The video recording of the event is not available to the public. A high quality recording of the event is available to Swarthmore faculty as an educational resource. Contact Associate CITO Eric Behrens for more information.