Games for Social Impact
Human beings love play. Be it board games, card games, computer games, or sports, we play different kinds of games. Games are about fun and entertainment. But can games be used as tools? Tools that help us tackle wicked problems? Tools for social impact?
Games being used as tools for social impact should model the real world in just the necessary amount of detail; simplify it too much and the game loses touch with reality; complicate it with various rules, and information, and the game becomes hard to play. It involves the subtle art of balance. Such games can be used for learning and research in areas such as transport, waste management, city planning, disaster management, energy planning, and climate change, which involve multiple stakeholders, and complex trade-offs.
In this course, whether you are a domain expert or a tool builder or simply getting started In exploring the world of social impact, you will learn how to decide when and where a game is useful, how to make such a game, and how to facilitate and conduct such games.