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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.”

Budget Hero – Election Edition

Sep 18, 2012
The creators of “Budget Hero,” the popular serious game which helps people of all ages understand the federal budget and the trade-offs involved in the budgetary process, have launched an Election Edition to illuminate the budget impact of policies championed by President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney as well as those related to the impending “fiscal cliff.”

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.

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.

“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.

Fordham Law and Commons Lab Partner to Address Privacy Issues Raised by Missing Persons Databases

Jun 27, 2012
The Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham Law School and the Commons Lab of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars are working together on a project focused on privacy and information systems that are being developed to help locate missing persons during natural disasters.

In Search of a Budget Hero

Jun 20, 2012
With the threat of another partisan standoff over the federal budget looming, Senator Mark Udall (D-Colorado) hosted a group of constituents to play a round of Budget Hero. The “serious game” is a fantastically effective tool that should be further deployed to the public, says Udall.

Did You Feel It? Citizens Contribute to Earthquake Science

Oct 25, 2011
Thanks to new technology, people can immediately help seismologists assess the scope and impact of earthquakes by providing valuable firsthand data. The recent east coast quake, centered in Virginia, provided the back drop for our discussion with Colorado-based seismologist, David Wald.

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