New challenges are arising from the philanthropic sector as foundations explore how to fund the emerging use of games in the public interest. What are their current initiatives, goals and constraints? What can the community do to assist their work? Hear from the primary foundations taking the lead in supporting our community’s efforts. Panelists include Julia Stasch, Vice President, MacArthur Foundation, Robert Torres, Senior Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Tessie Topol, Senior Director, Strategic Philanthropy & Community Affairs, Time Warner Cable, and Christine Adamczyk, Senior Technical Adviser USAID, moderated by Michael Levine, Executive Director, The Cooney Center
What happens when we assign points to real-world civic actions? This controversial panel will explore the realities and theories of extending games into “real” actions like donating, giving voice, and volunteering - we might call them Direct Action Games. Featuring a designer of new game genres, several working games, technical and “spectacle” experts, this panel will challenge us to reconsider the bridge between civic learning and direct action. PANELISTS: Stephen Duncombe, author of Dream: Re-imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy; Alex Eberts, co-founder of Akoha; Tracy Fullerton, Game Designer & Director, USC’s EA Innovation Lab; moderated by Benjamin Stokes, Co-Founder G4C, PhD student, USC Annenberg.