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Cities in Play: Online to Offline: Using Serious Games to Increase Civic Engagement

Part of the goal of many serious games is to increase civic engagement in the real world. But how do we do that? Bringing together a panel of experts from academia, industry, and government, we outlined the barriers to teaching civic engagement in the classroom and explored some of the ways in which digital game leaders are circumventing those barriers.
Moderator: Dr. Elizabeth Newbury, Serious Games Initiative, Wilson Center

Cities in Play (Cidade em Jogo)

Do you have what it takes to be mayor of your city?


Esports and Competitive Gaming: Trends in Game-based Education




Students compete at the first ever public university esports arena. Image Copyright, University of California, Irvine.


Fall 2017 Internship: Mapping North Korea’s Nuclear Program

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About the Serious Games Initiative

As a dominate form of media used by the average American, games have the power to make complex ideas accessible, allowing a direct experience to worth through the intricacies of policy problems. The Serious Games Initiative (SGI) was founded with one goal: to use games to engage the broader public in policy discourse. It is one thing to read about potential impact of policy solutions – it is another to live it. Since its founding, SGI has been a leader in the field of serious games.

Cities in Play: Empowering Citizens and City Governments to Work for More Responsive Public Policies

As populations and economic potential become increasingly concentrated in urban areas, cities around the world are on the front lines of pressing global issues ranging from inequality to sustainability. Tackling these challenges requires both ingenuity and collaboration between public officials and citizens—and cities need to ensure that residents are equipped to engage. One way is through technology. Technology can be used to improve transparency, accountability, and communication between city officials and their residents.

How Would Woodrow Wilson Captain the Fiscal Ship

Managing a budget is hard. Playing a game is easy. Doing both can get complicated.

Setting Sail on The Fiscal Ship


Navigating the Nebula

Think fast: how much of an impact would eliminating the cap on the Social Security payroll tax have on the nation’s federal budget?

Answer: A hefty move like that could completely close Social Security’s projected solvency gap. That means increasing revenue and thereby lowering budget spending on the order of around 100 billion dollars.