Can the rough equivalent of a “video game” provide the solution to understanding and solving complex problems? Our guests believe that playable models can be valuable tools for addressing complexity, with implications for governance, public engagement, public policy, and journalism. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.



David Rejeski directs the Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) at the Wilson Center. The mission of STIP is to explore the scientific and technological frontier, stimulating discovery and bringing new tools to bear on public policy challenges that emerge as science advances. He is presently a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute, was a Visiting Fellow at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and an adjunct affiliated staff member at RAND.   Between 1994 and 2000, he worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) on a variety of technology, R&D, and policy initiatives, including the development and implementation of the National Environmental Technology Strategy, the Greening of the White House, and the Education for Sustainability Initiative.


Heather Chaplin is director of the Journalism + Design program at the New School. She is the recent recipient of two Knight Foundation grants, one developing playable models of systems in the news and another for launching the Journalism + Design program. Chaplin covered video games for ten years working for All Things Considered, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times, among other outlets. She is the co-author of Smartbomb: The Quest for Art, Entertainment and Big Bucks in the Videogame Revolution, a New York Times Notable Book of 2006.


John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program