Interview with Ran Hinrichs
Taking Play Seriously with Truly Amazing People
This is one in a series of interviews being conducted on the topic of Serious Play, Serious Gaming -- using games, simulation and virtual worlds to help stimulate learning in innovative new ways and find real world solutions.
Ran Hinrichs is the CEO of 2b3d. He and his family live in the Seattle, Washington area. He studied abroad as well as at the Universities of California, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles and is immersed in the co-creation of virtual worlds and the technology and aspects of solving real world issues with the participation, observation, immersion, and research gained in utlizing virtual worlds.
The main topics in this interview are: Who’s Who of Game Design; Chuck Hamilton of IBM and IBM’s collaborative framework for play; How to grow your passion in design; example of immersion; transforming education with immersive technology; organic development of education and commerce; residency’s role in business and competency development; social psychology and virtual reality/virtual worlds research; empirical evidence from virtual world observations; what avatars can teach us about ourselves; public spaces; museums where the community displays their work; a vision of a future space with integrative technology; how to create a community gathering space; younger generation as stewards of community
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