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Educational Live Action Role Playing can change the world

My 501c3 non-profit company, Seekers Unlimited, makes custom-designed interactive, immersive analog games that are adaptive to any learning situation or environment, whether they have computers or not. I have been involved with larps, or Live Action Role Playing, for nearly 30 years. Although most people think of larp as a hobby where you play-pretend medieval warriors with foam swords, it is so much more than that. ...more »

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Siren: a serious game for conflict resolution in schools

Consider this scene: Jamie, a boy in Holly’s class, keeps calling Lucy “fat”. Lucy tries to argue back, and then they end up getting into an argument (normally in the classroom). Eventually Mr Williams (their class teacher) will tell them off, but they still keep on arguing, but more sneakily – sitting down and giving each other hostile glances. Holly thinks that afterwards they feel angry with each other, and a bit resentful ...more »

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Species Photo Journal/LifeList

There is a fascination with being able to identify animals, flowers, trees, etc. Species identification can be fun, if approached as a photo journal/life list. Done as a game with scores and even social media postings, a series of games could be quite dynamic. Partnering Smithsonian, National Geographic, National Parks, the animal guides (Petersons, etc.), Sierra Club, Audubon Society, etc. would be required to ensure ...more »

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Homelessness simulation

Teach what it means to be homeless, the many causes and challenges of homeless and teach empathy for people experiencing homelessness. Targeting students who are interested in careers in social work and the general public, this simulation would use a FPS perspective (First Person Survivor!) to show the various challenges faced by a person experiencing homeless. The player is walked through a series of quests that emulate ...more »

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Venture Partner Connections Forum

Several readers have mentioned to me that there is no action follow-up. We're sharing ideas that have no place to go. What we need is a forum -- a conference? a shark tank? -- that connects funders, ideators, content sources, outreach services and researchers. Content sources might be other state departments (parks, public health, human services... and of course education) along with non-profits. Outreach services ...more »

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Balance of the Planet

Two years ago I designed and developed this environmental - economics - energy simulation game. I tried to get funding to make it available on the web for free. No dice. So now the Mac version of the game sits here: http://www.erasmatazz.com/library/software/index.html for anybody to take. I'd much prefer to get the web version up and running and have it go somewhere where it can have some exposure. It's written in Java ...more »

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