Gaming Solutions to Community Problems

One new idea for every day in 2011. We're talking big, small, local, international, in action and on the drawing board. Here's today's -- what's yours?

The Knight Foundation and members of game design firm Area/Code are working together to to answer a simple question: Can communities solve serious local problems by playing games?

In the Biloxi Mississippi, young participants of Battlestorm are learning how to prepare for natural disasters by playing a combination of freeze tag and capture the flag, infused with hurricane preparedness tips and plans.

In Macon, Georgia, Area/Code created Macon Money to stimulate the local economy and connect members of the community. Residents of Macon receive half of a bond in Macon Money; when they find the person with the other matching half, they can redeem the bonds in the form of credit in local businesses. More than $65,000 has been up for grabs.  

"Games engage people with issues, ideas and other people, and that engagement shifts the ways in which the world is perceived," writes Kati London, Vice President and Senior Producer of Area/Code. 

For more information and upcoming community gaming projects, check out the Knight Foundation and Area/Code websites.

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