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BEN STOKES: Games to Empower Neighborhoods

Tuesday, November 18
11:00 a.m. McKinley Building, Media Innovation Lab
Event hashtag: #SOCFacultyForum

A new class of civic games is affecting the real world. Real-world games can go beyond education and training by attempting to get something done, like raising funds or building trust across race and class divides. Different models are needed to understand the impact of such games, especially for local empowerment. Stokes will discuss results from a particularly bold experiment by the Knight Foundation, where a new game was created to structure economic activity, and fight socio-economic segregation. 

This talk offers a new way to understand how game-based activities can drive economic development alongside community empowerment, and how to evaluate some of the unusual risks of algorithmic policy.

The Faculty Research & Projects Forum is a monthly lecture series highlighting exciting and high-impact work produced by the faculty at American University's School of Communication whose work is at the forefront of great communication problems and ideas of our time. Full fall 2015 schedule.


Live Event Streaming: 11.18.14