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Another Game for Congress to Play

Sep 20, 2012
"'Budget Hero' is not quite “Angry Birds” — yet it will leave you squawking mad about the ruinous consequences of politicians’ failure to reach a debt agreement," writes Dana Milbank about the latest edition of the game that allows players to play out budget scenarios using the budget policies of President Obama and Governor Romney as well as the impending “fiscal cliff.”

First in Flight: Can America Retain its Leadership Position?

Sep 19, 2012
Always the world leader in the aerospace industry, today US leadership is threatened by budget constraints at home and heavy investment by other nations. In this interview with Context, Executive Vice President of The Boeing Company Jim Albaugh outlined what’s at stake and what steps the U.S. must take to lead the second century of flight.

What People Are Saying about Budget Hero

Sep 17, 2012
More than 1.3 million people have played Budget Hero, the popular serious game designed to help people of all ages understand the Federal budget and the trade-offs involved in the budgetary process. Here is a sampling of quotes from some of those players.
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Commons Lab releases report on liability for digital volunteers in disasters

Sep 14, 2012
The CommonsLab is proud to announce the release of a report by Ed Robson evaluating liability issues in social media and crowdsourcing.

Connect with the Kennan Institute on Facebook

Sep 11, 2012
The Kennan Institute and its offices in Moscow and Kyiv are on Facebook! Like our pages to get exclusive updates on our scholars, alumni, and activities around the world.

Facebook Sheikhs and Tweeting Islam

Sep 11, 2012
Three years after Facebook launched an Arabic interface, charismatic Muslim sheikhs are gaining a new generation of followers by tapping into interactive media. Since 2009, hundreds of 21st century preachers have created digital forums that allow distant audiences to communicate with them—and with each other. Tweets and Facebook updates keep the faithful engaged with Islamic content even if they miss their favorite sheikh’s television program.

My Bright Idea: Jane Harman on Using Games to Fix Government

Aug 23, 2012
Jane Harman writes about the potential of serious games – like the Wilson Center’s own Budget Hero – to engage citizens in public policy and even fix our broken Congress in Bloomberg's "My Bright Idea" column.

Can Gaming Address Serious Issues?

Jul 27, 2012
Games are a great way to explore policy options because they allow the player to see both intended and unintended consequences of decisions, said Diane Tucker who directs the Center’s Serious Games Initiative. Tucker described important updates coming this fall with the Election Edition of the serious game Budget Hero.

Senators score high marks on Brazil report

Jun 29, 2012
Released with little fanfare last month, the report has largely escaped media attention. This is a pity. To date, Canada has produced no more insightful and salient strategic document on future prospects with Brazil than this.

“Budget Hero” Added to BrainPOP’s Free Resource for Top Educational Games

Jun 28, 2012
“Budget Hero,” the computer game, designed to help people of all ages understand the Federal budget and the underlying issues that shape it, is now offered on the free resource GameUp™, BrainPOP’s collection of cross-curricular game titles from leading publishers.

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