Fra Jo Kay

Jane McGonigal is a game designer doing some really interesting things at the intersection of virtual worlds and the real world. Her aim is to harness the skills we develop in gaming worlds to change the world.

Of course, as a gamer this totally speaks to me, and I’m naturally very inspired by the ideas she’s put across. But consider a few of her points: 

  • Urgent Optimism – the desire to act immediately to tackle an obstacle, combined with the belief that we have a reasonable hope of success
  • Social Fabric: Gamers weave tight social fabric… Playing games builds bonds, trusts, co-operation, and we build stronger social relationships as a result.
  • Blissful Productivity: Gamers understand that they are happier when they are doing hard and meaningful work. Gamers are willing to work hard all the time – if they are given the right work. (If only we could turn homework/assignments into blissful productivity!!?)
  • Epic Meaning – Gamers love to be attached to all inspiring missions of human and planetary scale. They want to know, understand and contribute – as evidence by the WoW Wiki which has contributions/visits from 5million users per month.