Benjamin Stokes will join the faculty of American University this fall, leading research on real-world games and civic learning. He is a co-founder of Games for Change, and is currently at the UC Berkeley School of Information as a postdoctoral scholar. Previously at the MacArthur Foundation, Benjamin was a program officer in their portfolio on Digital Media and Learning. Benjamin received his Ph.D. at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, with a focus on civic media and participatory design.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
After more than a decade, the field of social impact games may be mature enough to step back and investigate how “impact” is understood. To start the conversation, Games for Change has released a new report, published by ETC Press. (The report was co-authored by myself, Nicole Walden, Gerad O’Shea, Francesco Nasso, Giancarlo Mariutto and Asi Burak. Our advisory group included game scholars and designers like Tracy Fullerton, Debra Lieberman and Constance Steinkuehler.) Right now may be an inflexion point in the evolution of games in the public interest — from civic learning to fighting asthma.