Gamification? Real Games.
/ May 3, 2011 0 COMMENTS

I’m way late to the party on Heather Chaplin’s much critiqued critique of gamification. But Ian Bogost’s not-so-subtly titled Persuasive Games: Exploitationware gives me another crack at entering the Great Gamification Debate. Chaplin’s basic point seems to be that gamification is an escapist drug. If we make the world more like a game, the thinking goes, we can harness all…

Workplace Communities vs Neighborhoods
/ April 7, 2011 0 COMMENTS

I’ve been involved—as an observer, a participant or a catalyst—in a variety of community-based energy efficiency programs over the last two decades.  All of those efforts aimed to leverage a geographic or political community identity (neighborhoods, towns, etc.) to encourage individuals to implement energy efficient products or conservation practices in their own homes.  Utilities and…