Serious Games

New Visions for Citizen Science

 

The Wilson Center Presents a Roundtable in Open Innovation and Science:

New Visions for Citizen Science

 

Let the Games Begin: Videogames as a Development Tool

Co-sponsored by STIP's Serious Games Initiative and by USAID

Gaming Our Way to a Better Future

As today’s policy challenges become more complex, it has become clear that American media — online news, television, radio, newspapers, and magazines — are not up to the task of explaining the problems underlying them or providing citizens with all the information they need to engage in public conversations about them. Democracy cannot function properly without those conversations. But one new medium - videogames — may well fill the gap. By their very nature, videogames can engage players in ways that enable players to make their way through the intricacies of policy problems.

DC 12th Graders Seek to Be Budget Heroes on Eve of Presidential Election

 

On November 5, on the eve of the presidential election, 100 12-graders played and discussed Budget Hero: Election Edition. Some of these students—who came together from the Capitol Hill and Parkside campuses of the Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy—would be first-time voters the next day; dozens of those not old enough to vote said they would volunteer at the polls on election day.

Political Perceptions: Budget Cutting, the Videogame

In a couple of weeks, the election will be over – and there’ll be even more talk about the fiscal cliff and how to restrain future deficits.  Big-company chief executives are weighing in, as we report in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal.

Are You a Budget Hero? OHIO University Students to Play Popular Online Budget Game

Public opinion polls consistently show Americans ranking the federal budget deficit as one of the most important issues in the coming election. But amid today’s partisan rancor, where can Americans go for unbiased information on the policies proposed for addressing growing public debt? How can you see first-hand the trade-offs inherent in putting together the federal budget?

Launch of Budget Hero: Election Edition on Capitol Hill

Public opinion polls consistently show Americans ranking the federal budget deficit as one of the most important issues in the coming election. But amid today’s partisan rancor, where can Americans go for unbiased information on the policies proposed for addressing growing public debt?

University of Maryland Students Play New Budget Hero: Election Edition

At the University of Maryland-College Park, students of public policy, journalism, and business gathered in groups at the Public Policy School to play Budget Hero and see how policies favoring their political priorities – such as efficient government, energy independence, or national security – would affect the federal budget.  

Budget Hero Wins Site of the Week

University of Maryland (UM) College Park students last week finagled with federal spending and deficit reduction so that, at the very worst, they could delay economic Armageddon in the United States.

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