Serious Games

Brookings-Wilson Center’s “Fiscal Ship” Awarded Gold in International Competition

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“Fiscal Ship” Game Puts Players in Charge of the Federal Budget

The Wilson Center and Brooking Institution have launched a new “serious game” called The Fiscal Ship. The game puts players in charge of the federal budget and provides a structure for taking on the daunting task of putting the nation’s economic books in order. One of the game’s designers, Eric Church, joins Wilson Center NOW to discuss the learning potential associated with playing serious games. Think you have what it takes to fix the debt problem? Can you fund priorities while keeping America solvent?

Wilson Center and Brookings Institution Launch New Serious Game: The Fiscal Ship

All along the campaign trail, presidential candidates continue to make promises they can’t keep. They promise to give voters trillions in tax cuts while also balancing the budget and protecting popular programs from budget cuts.

Fact-checking journalists and spreadsheet-wielding advocates of fiscal responsibility challenge those assertions but reach a small slice of the population. So we asked: What else can be done to communicate the scale and scope of the debt problem?

Addressing Complexity With Playable Models

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.

 

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Addressing Complexity with Playable Models

This report examines the nature of “complex systems,” explains the difficulties involved in dealing with problems in complex systems, and explores methods of improving governance and public engagement through the use of interactive models of complex systems, or playable models, both in public policy and journalism. We are interested in exploring the following questions:

Science Hack Day: Coming Soon to DC

What is “Science Hack Day” and why is it coming to Washington, DC? Elizabeth Tyson joins us to discuss a global movement that is intended to encourage collaboration and unleash creativity. And for those interested, you may even choose to participate. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW

Human Computation Roadmap Summit Workshop

Technosocial infrastructure and increasingly pervasive computing is accelerating the integration of humans into information-processing systems. Some of this is emergent (e.g., social networks) and some deliberate (e.g., crowdsourcing). A research area has coalesced around understanding andengineering such systems toward novel capabilities. For example, we can apply epidemiological methods to predict the spread of ideas over Twitter, and we can build systems that empower citizens to play games, like fold.it, to contribute to HIV AIDS research.

The Future of Health Care and the Independent Vote

Much like the general public, players of Budget Hero are split in their support for the Affordable Care Act, though two years of data from the game suggests many independents are choosing not to repeal the landmark health law and would even support including a government-run option.  

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