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Cutting through the Noise: Engaging the Public in Arctic Science

To have an informed public eager to engage in discourse around Arctic science, it is vital to not only make scientific findings widely available, but relevant. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Science and Technology Innovation Program, Serious Games Initiative, and Polar Initiative are proud to partner to host a panel on the public communication of environmental sciences in Alaska.

Federal Games Guild

The Federal Games Guild (FGG) is an informal community of practice of federal agencies who are interested in the correlation of games for federal initiatives. As a platform, the FGG connects federal entities and staff interested in the application of games in the federal space. Member organizations range in their relationship to using games, from those who support game development through funding, to those active in using innovative technologies in their practice, to those who design and research games as part of their agency’s outreach efforts around public education.

Games Round Up: Black History

“To know how much there is to know, is the beginning to learning to live.” -- Dorothy West, 1995 The Richer, The Poorer

From Bytes to Bucks: Soft Power, Policy, Tech, and Culture

Three Wilson Center analysts examine the push and pull between state and society in the expression of cultural values in contemporary technologies, and what this tension implies for the international system:

1. Valerie Anishchenkova:  The importance of video games in modern global culture cannot be underestimated, especially in their increasing impact on personal and collective identities. What do Russian war-themed video games reveal about contemporary Russian nationalism? Who are friends and who are foes? Drawn directly from today’s geopolitical conflicts.

Weathering the Storm Through Collaborative Play

"Don't be shellfish, we're all in the same boat!"

Award-Winning Online Game Helps Voters Steer America’s ‘Fiscal Ship’

While Congress debates fiscal policies on the Hill, voters can take part in the debate with the Fiscal Ship, an award-winning online game about the federal budget. Developed by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at Brookings, the game allows players to learn more about the impact of specific policies proposed by politicians and see their long-term impact on our national debt. 

Living Labs: An Intersection of Scientific Innovation

Here in the Science and Technology Innovation Program, we cover a lot of broad subjects under our little umbrella.

Let’s Play: Games and the Federal Government

The Federal Games Guild (FGG), an informal community of practice of federal agencies who are interested in the use and design of games for federal initiatives, will be hosting its first (un)conference. The purpose of this conference is to provide a platform to allow members to connect with one another and deepen their understanding of the application of games in the federal space.