This weeks On The Media focused on the role of online gaming in our society. I found this story, called “The Future of Gaming” very interesting for its discussion of the role gaming is shaping the future of collaboration.
The story includes a sound clip from a TED talk by Jane McGonigal, the head of research and development at the the Institute for the Future, a nonprofit forecasting firm.
The story also includes this clip of Jesse Schell speaking at DICE. Schell is founder of Schell Games and a professor at Carnegie Mellon. This is Schell’s full presentation, in which he explains the psychology behind the success of online games. Schell maintains that online games are breaking through to a reality where games are used to incent behavior.
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Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind, argues at TED Global that traditional rewards are not effective motivators in solving the conceptual challenges facing businesses in the 21st Century.
Pink’s new book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, will come out at the end of the year.
Here is an interesting site where people write about skills we no longer use, such as cranking a telephone, using a sliderule, or balancing a tone arm on a record player. <a href="http://www.obsoleteskills.com/home.http://www.obsoleteskills.com/home.</span>
Hmmmm. What does it say about me that I recall so many of these things?
This advertisement, created for Coca Cola by McCann Erickson, Madrid, has a warm message about how people should live.
In his new book Genius 101: Creators, Leaders, and Prodigies, Dean Keith Simonton, of UC Davis, enters the debate over the source of genius. The book is reviewed and contrasted with Malcolm Gladwell’s best-selling book Outliers in Time Magazine. Read the Time review by clicking here.