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From Barb Dybwad on Mashable

‘One of my favorite talks from this year’s TED Conference in Long Beach was recently posted in the uber-popular TED Talks library: Game designer Jane McGonigal spoke about harnessing the power of game mechanics to make a better world.

McGonigal asks what would happen if we were able to tap into the emotional resonance and powerful feedback loops we find within games and apply them to solving real-world problems. Since we routinely save worlds inside of games, might there be a way to “learn the habits of heroes” and do more to incentivize world-changing in our offline real lives?

Dr. McGonigal is behind a number of the most notable alternate reality games and works as director of game research & development for the Institute for the Future. Her current project, EVOKE, embodies the theory behind her talk by engaging participants in a “10-week crash course in changing the world.”

Check out the talk below and let us know what you think: Can games teach us anything about how to make the world a better place?’

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