[conf] Beth Noveck's Book Launch in SL 

Noveck event with Lindens watching over

On Monday, July 20, 2009, Markle Foundation hosted Beth Noveck for the launch of her new book WIKI GOVERNMENT: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger, and Citizens More Powerful! This event was simulcasted onto MacArthur Island in Second Life by Global Kids and the archive of the information can be found on Markle's website.

You can also read about the event on Temptations Club Blog, where the author gives a great overview of her experience at the event in SL.

[conf] Thanks for coming to FCC Workshop on e-Gov and Civic Engagement 

FCC Workshop on e-Gov
Thanks to those of you who work up early to attend the Second Life simulcast of the FCC's first workshop on "E-Gov and Civic Engagement" yesterday morning. We had an engaged crowd of about 30 avatars attending the virtual event. Despite some technical difficulties with the stream, people were able to follow the panel presentations and then submit their questions for the Question and Answer periods. There were several Second Life shout-outs by the presenters and a few of the questions from Second Life got addressed.

Kudos to the FCC for experimenting with various forms of online public participation in their proceedings. Hopefully this is just the beginning of these governmental efforts to use virtual worlds to increase transparency and public input into policy-making.

For those that missed the live event, you can view the recorded video at this link and you can continue to submit questions and ideas on their Ideascale page.

me giving a presentation on Global Kids' digital games programs at GIE09

LogoGIE_225Thanks so much to the organizers of the Games in Education Conference for inviting me to their symposium this week.  It was a really fun and thought-provoking experience for me.

This Thursday, August 6, at 6:30am PST / 9:30am EST, there will be a Second Life simulcast of an FCC Workshop on the subject of "E-Gov/Civic Engagement." The goal of this workshop is to evaluate how broadband can improve the performance of government specifically in terms of transparency and citizen participation and more generally in terms of effectiveness and efficiency. The workshop will consider various ways all levels of government, as well as governments in other countries, have used broadband to improve its performance in these ways and how those lessons might apply for purposes of developing the national broadband plan. The workshop will also consider the potential benefits of universal broadband in enabling various government operations to move to a digital platform in terms of improved performance, cost savings, and strategic benefits to the communications infrastructure.

On Saturday, June 27, 2009, over 100 New York City-area youth gathered at The New School to showcase their use of digital media and technology at (o.o), the first NYC Digital Youth Media and Technology Festival. While the youth enjoyed a game design competition, a project fair, a college and career readiness fair, and more, there was a constant backdrop of participatory voice through the use of Text The Mob, an application to capture the moment-by-moment thoughts, feelings, and energy of the crowd. To help you gain a better sense of what happened at this festival, here are the texts:

Arrive, mingle, get lunch!
Hi, everybody!
Welcome to (o.o)!!! 11:38:23
Let’s get this thing started! Barry Rocks!
where's access?
very excited to be here. Thx Barry
Hi, everybody!

Opening remarks
CONGRATS TO PARSONS/MOUSE for this Great Event!!!!

[staff] First Annual NYC Digital Youth Media & Technology Festival 

On June 27, 2009, the first (o.o) festival was held. What a success! The daylong festival spotlighted the work from teenagers all over New York, who came together to share their work that they have been doing within the digital media field with their respective programs. The youth have been designing video games, films and other digital tools to advance social causes in a youthful and technologically literate language.

During the festival, many videos were filmed to capture the great work these youth have done. You can see all of the films below or by clicking here.

[media] Beth Noveck talks about Wiki Government in Second Life on July 20th! 


We are excited to announce that on Monday July 20, the MacArthur Island will host a simulcast of the book launch of Beth Noveck's new book: WIKI GOVERNMENT: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger, and Citizens More Powerful!

Beth Noveck, now the deputy Chief Technology Officer at the White House responsible for Open Government, will present her book, and this presentation will be simulcasted into Second Life on MacArthur Island. Ms. Noveck will then take questions from the virtual and real audiences.

Head to the Foundations sim (click here to teleport.) on July 20 to participate!

Date: July 20
Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm EST/9:00am - 11:00am PST
Location: MacArthur Island (click here to teleport

WIKI GOVERNMENT: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger, and Citizens More Powerful

In the digital age our lives are constantly being transformed by the way in which we connect and collaborate with one another, affecting the way we make decisions - on a personal level, an institutional level, and a national level.

Movie Poster for "Discovered" VVP Machinima FilmJust a reminder that tomorrow, July 1, fifteen New York public high school students will premiere their film Discovered. Discovered is a digital "machinima" film produced in Second Life that explores the powerful issue of child sex trafficking through the fictional story of one Mexican teenager. This is the final product of a year-long, intensive digital filmmaking program called the Virtual Video Project (VVP), an after-school program conducted by Global Kids, Inc in NYC. The students gathered regularly during the past year to learn about film production, human rights, and virtual worlds, culminating in a serious issue machinima film produced entirely by the youth filmmakers.

Come to the premiere of Discovered to meet the youth filmmakers and discover how digital film can be used for global issue awareness and civic engagement.

[media] (o.o) Festival: NYC Digital Youth Media & Technology 

The (o.o) Festival: First Annual NYC Digital Youth Media & Technology Festival will be this Saturday, June 27, 2009, at The New School, NYC.

We are so thrilled that this event by an incredible coalition has come together to support youth through NYC in our various after school programs. Global Kids has youth showing their VVP year end videos, youth from the Media Masters program showing their digital transcripts, youth from HRAP at South Shore showing their documentary about their school phasing out, and youth from our Expressions program showing the variety of digital media they created about social and global issues.

In addition, youth from the three NY Public Library sites implementing our Playing 4 Keeps game design program will be competing for the best serious game design and we can't wait to see what the youth have created.

The full press release is after the jump.

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Gaming for a Better World: Teens Advance Social Causes Using Digital Media

The (o.o) Festival: First Annual NYC Digital Youth Media & Technology Festival at The New School Saturday, June 27, 2009

[In the media] Games for Change conference comes of age. 

In a recent article, Gamasutra covers the Games For Change conference cofounded six years ago by Global Kids, as having finally come of age.

"When we started Games For Change, we were coming together based on personal experiences," G4C co-founder and president Suzanne Seggerman tells Gamasutra.

Seggerman and colleagues like GlobalKids' Barry Joseph and current MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning program director Ben Stokes "had all been convinced that games had this powerful potential," she says. "It was basically a huge collective hunch."

Read the full article here.