January 28, 2008
The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland has put out a call for videos, asking people to post them on YouTube in answer to this question, ‘What one thing do you think that countries, companies, or individuals must do to make the world a better place in 2008?’.
Here’s the New Radical reply.
January 23, 2008
They came from Africa and Europe, California and Canada, to be part of the first official gathering of New Radicals. The occasion was the launch of my new book, held in the Manhattan loft of New Radical Suzanne Seggerman (Games for Change). Though it was pouring rain outside, the room was full of warm embraces. It felt like a family reunion — only this was a family of people who’ve read about one another yet never met, and who were united not by bloodlines but by a desire to do good. Men and women of all ages from a fascinating range of New Radical organizations shared stories and asked each other about their work.
As I moved among these smart, spirited, and successful people, I felt that I was on an island of hope in a world that often feels like a vast sea of cynicism and despair. These people know that an individual CAN make a difference, and that the way to do this is through what we do for a living.
One of the hallmarks of the evening was a line I heard repeated over and over, “How can I help?” New Radicals are eager to help one another in their work, and to do all they can to ensure that emerging New Radicals find their way. So, while it was the first official gathering it is the first of many. We plan to host New Radical events in the near future (and we’d definitely like to hear from you about the kind of event you’d like to attend!). Stay tuned for details.
Julia Moulden speaks with Dr. Mark Grabowsky of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
and photographer Maggie Hallahan
Free one-day workshop for non-profits interested in games for change. New Radical Suzanne Seggerman hosts.
January 23, 2008
Games for Change to offer a free one-day workshop for non-profits interested in social issue video games on June 2nd in NYC
Games for Change, the international nexus and primary community of practice for the emerging field of digital games for social change will be hosting a free day-long workshop for non-profits new to the field of video games and “real world issues”. Let The Games Begin: A 101 Workshop for Making Social Issue Games was awarded one of 17 grants out of more than 1000 applicants to the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Competition. Non-profits are using games to raise awareness and engage youth audiences in the most pressing issues of the day from the environment to poverty, from global conflicts to civil rights. And this soup-to-nuts tutorial gets them started.
Set at the front of the 5th Annual Games for Change Festival, this workshop will feature top leaders of the field covering a broad range of topics key to this new genre of games, from game design to distribution, fundraising to press strategies. Now in its fifth year, the Games for Change Festival has been called “the Sundance of Videogames” for “socially-responsible game designers”. Hundreds of non-profit leaders, academics, innovative game designers and activists of all stripes convene to share ideas, explore funding avenues, and show the latest games. From the UN’s Food Force about global poverty to the Global Kids’ AYITI about life in Haiti, these new games are a great new way for non-profits to both inform – and engage – our citizens about the issues of the day. During the festival which follows the workshop, the closing keynote features the Honorable Justice Sandra Day O’Connor who will speak about her interactive civics education project developed in partnership with noted game scholar Dr. James Paul Gee.
For the workshop, seating is primarily for non-profit and public institutions and requires a short application: http://www.gamesforchange.org/conference/2008/101.php
January 5, 2008
Julia’s story may be similar to yours.
“After 20 years as a self-employed speechwriter – work I enjoyed immensely, and for which I was well paid – I was feeling restless. I didn’t want to do the same thing for the next two decades, but I had no idea what might come next. I scarcely acknowledged it at first but I found myself thinking about my youth, when school friends and I would talk late at night about how we would change the world. What happened to that young woman? And could I somehow combine her ideals with the mature, experienced professional I’d become? Gradually, I realized that I was not alone, that many of my peers were having similar thoughts and also longing for more meaning. And if I couldn’t find resources to help me transform myself, well, neither could they. Suddenly it became clear. My journey could be combined with my expertise (a lifetime of listening to others and helping them turn their vision into words) to create the core of a new practice.”
Julia coined the phrase “New Radicals” and now helps individuals and organizations find new ways to do good works.
January 5, 2008
New Radical transformations range along a continuum from “mild” to “wild”.
Some New Radicals make a relatively simple transition for instance, someone who’s worked in corporate finance becomes CFO of a non-profit organization. Others upend their lives and do something completely different such as selling everything on eBay and starting a one-woman NGO in Africa.
You can choose the role that is right for you.