Playing games for social change

Monday, June 27th, 2011

June 27, 2011
… Evoke, an online game developed by the World Bank Institute… calls on players to become agents of social change. Using the game’s “superpowers,” such as collaboration, resourcefulness and local insight, they invent solutions to humanity’s greatest threats, then share ideas in blog and video posts. The most innovative solutions received seed money, scholarships or mentorships to turn fledgling ideas into functioning social enterprises. [It] is proving that games can engage players in alternate worlds while promoting skills that translate to real life.

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First Nations education is a national crisis

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Apr 18 2011
…the country’s “perfect demographic storm.” First Nations are the fastest-growing segment of our society, and over 50 per cent of that population is under the age of 23… If First Nations caught up with provincial education standards, they would inject an estimated $179 billion into Canada’s GDP by 2026, both in labour support and by reducing strains on social services… It’s not always the case that moral imperatives and fiscal responsibilities match up so readily— but we’d say supporting First Nations education is an obvious solution.

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