Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

UNESCO “Games for Social Good” webinar with Asi Burak

MGIEPOn 20 August 2015, UNESCO will be hosting an online webinar with Asi Burak on “Games for Social Good.”

By any measure, digital games – played on personal computers, game consoles, mobile phones, and tablets – can be considered the most powerful medium of the 21st century. The reach and impact of digital games is obvious: It is now a global $72 billion industry that over 67% of American households participate in. Like other mass media before it, games can advance social good and learning: they can spread information, raise awareness, inspire social action and build civic participation – and do so across cultures and age differences. Recent studies have revealed their educational benefits, debunked stereotypes about who is playing, and underscored how games can contribute to positive change

The talk will make an impassioned case for using games for good, with an overview of the latest trends and core challenges. Asi Burak will share prominent case studies and success stories from around the globe, including his unique entry to the field, leading the team behind the award-winning game PeaceMaker around the conflict in the Middle East.

The 30-minute talk will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

Burak is the President of Games for Change, which organizes the annual Games for Change (G4C) Festival. He also co-founded ImpactGames, which published both PeaceMaker and Play the News.

The webinar starts at 08h30 EDT. You’ll find more information from UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development.

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