IAP2 NorCal Event: Fixing Broke(n) Governments through Serious Games, November 17 in San Francisco
At the NorCal chapter, we’re thrilled to announce our upcoming event focused on the use of serious games for decision making and public participation:
Thursday, November 17, 2011
425 2nd St, Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94107
Details and RSVP: http://iap2norcalseriousgames.eventbrite.com
Luke Hohmann and Tami Carter from The Innovation Games Company will be providing us with an introduction to, and participation in, an Innovation Games exercise. The Innovation Games Company uses games to engaging citizens in determining preferences and priorities to guide governmental decision-making.
Following a series of social mixers earlier this year, this is our first real chapter event in a while, and we’re excited to start things off with such a timely topic. Please help us spread the word and forward this information to any groups or individuals you think might be interested in attending the event. You can also choose from a number of sponsoring options. Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you!
Fixing Broke(n) Governments through Serious Games
Governments around the world are all facing budget shortfalls, spending cuts and reduced services. All of us — ordinary citizens, elected officials and community leaders — know that we must make dramatic changes to solve these crises, and yet governments remain gridlocked. How do we move beyond this impasse? How do we create an approach to budgeting that is both participatory and scalable? The answer is serious games!
Join Luke Hohmann, CEO and founder of the Innovation Games® Company, to learn how serious games are creating real change through encouraging public participation in government. Luke will talk about the specially designed Innovation Game® Budget Games and how it was used by the city of San Jose, CA, to bring together more than 100 community leaders and ordinary citizens to collaboratively prioritize possible cuts to the city budget.
Come prepared to participate, because we’ll also be playing a version of the Innovation Game® to get a real-world understanding of how serious games can be more effective way to get accurate and actionable data than traditional polling methods.
About the presenter
Luke Hohmann is the founder and CEO of The Innovation Games® Company, the leading provider of seriously fun games that produce seriously great market research results. The author of three books with long titles, Luke’s playfully diverse background of life experiences has uniquely prepared him to design and produce serious games. Luke graduated magna cum laude with a B.S.E. in computer engineering and an M.S.E. in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan. In addition to data structures and artificial intelligence, he studied cognitive psychology and organizational behavior under such luminaries as Elliot Soloway, Karl Weick and Dan Dennison. He is also a former United States National Junior Pairs Figure Skating Champion. In his spare time, Luke likes roughhousing with his four kids, his wife’s cooking, and long runs in the Santa Cruz Mountains to burn off his wife’s cooking. Luke’s an old school Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Instead of building a company to flip, he’s building a company to change the world.