Why You Need to Game Your Supporters

NetWits

There’s a communications medium far too many nonprofits neglect: Gaming. “Games have clearly arrived as a mass medium,”. … pronounced Al Gore, the former Vice President and presenter of perhaps the most watched PowerPoint ever, at the Games for Change conference.

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Gaming for Good, Joel Bartlett and the Super Chick Sisters

NetWits

Have you ever thought about creating a game or using game mechanics as part of your online strategy? What if I told you that it was possible to get nearly 20 MILLION views/plays for a well thought out, nicely executed, message packed game? We talked games, games, games.

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Did Facebook Just Change the Game for P2P Fundraising (Again)?

Connection Cafe

And completely changed the game for P2P. Fast forward to today, and setting up and donating to fundraising pages online is as commonplace as playing a game or reading the news online. So, is Facebook changing the game for P2P fundraising again?

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Nonprofit Feasibility Studies: 6 Game-Changing Best Practices

Connection Cafe

The debate surrounding nonprofit feasibility studies can sometimes pose interesting questions: Do nonprofits need to conduct them to host successful capital campaigns? Are they worth the cost?

Awesome Games Done Quick: How Gaming Gurus Reinvented Telethons: Associations Now

AFP Blog

Awesome Games Done Quick: How Gaming Gurus Reinvented Telethons: Associations Now : "he charity event Awesome Games Done Quick, a weeklong gaming livestream featured on the video-streaming site Twitch, raised more than $1.5 million for charity research earlier this month. How they did it says a lot about the value of embracing niche audiences online." ''via Blog this

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Mind Games: Using Psychology to Increase Email Open Rates

Byte Technology

The post Mind Games: Using Psychology to Increase Email Open Rates appeared first on Byte Technology’s Nonprofit Web Design Insights Blog.

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The Numbers Game: Understanding the Statistics for Non-Profit Giving

Byte Technology

The post The Numbers Game: Understanding the Statistics for Non-Profit Giving appeared first on Byte Technology’s Nonprofit Web Design Insights Blog. Among Mark Twain’s more famous quotations is this: “there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.”

Games and Cultural Spaces: Live Blog Notes from Games for Change

Amy Sample Ward

I’m at the 2011 Games for Change conference today and live-blogging a few sessions! The speakers for this panel include: Tracy Fullerton – Electronics Arts Game Innovation Lab. They thought, wouldn’t it be interseting to create a game to get people in the library who may not have ever come? Find the Future: The Game. It is an app for iphone that started as a way for way-finding but is more: it has personalized tours, it has games, etc.

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Community-Driven Social Impact: Presentation & Game

Amy Sample Ward

I had a 90-minute workshop which was broken into two parts: a bit of presentation, and a bit of game time. Game: To play the game with your organization, team or community group, use the documents below to share the grid and other pages to print and cut out the playing cards. CDSI Game – Grid. CDSI Game – Tools. CDSI Game – Roles.

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Let the games begin | The NonProfit Times

AFP Blog

Let the games begin | The NonProfit Times : During the 2013 Bridge to Integrated Marketing conference, Jeremy Ryan of Lipman Hearne offered the idea of making fundraising fun, by applying gamification. Actually, the word comes from an Englishman named Nick Pelling, a computer programmer and inventor, and means the use of game thinking and game mechanics in a non-game context to engage users and solve problems.

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Virtual game of life | Bangkok Post: business

AFP Blog

Virtual game of life | Bangkok Post: business : Lessons learned in the world of video shoot-em-ups and simulations, it turns out, could have some powerful practical applications in the game of life. The idea is to apply game-design thinking to non-game applications, explains Carlos Dominguez, a senior vice-president of Cisco Systems, the US-based networking firm.

Playing the Social by Social Game: London Net Tuesday

Amy Sample Ward

David Wilcox just posted a terrific wrap-up of our Social by Social game’s newest iteration, played at this week’s London Net Tuesday: Full size image here. Our aim is to use the game as one of the ways to introduce people to the substance of the Social by Social Handbook.

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Join us for the social collaboration game at SHINE

Amy Sample Ward

My colleague, friend, and collaborator David Wilcox just posted about the social collaboration game we are going to be putting on at SHINE derived partly from the social media game and from our work on the Social by Social project. Join the Social Collaboration Game on day two of SHINE. There will be some similarity to the neighbourhood game I ran recently in Holland - but with far more chance to form alliances and work out innovative ways to find projects.

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Games for Change Keynote: James Shelton, US Department of Education

Amy Sample Ward

You are in the business every day of figuring out how to have people engage, have fun, and build skills – change their behaviors through games. For example, we just closed an RFP to solicit proposals to build a game for kids k-3 to better understand STEM. What evidence do we need to influence politicians that games can help extend learning of science beyond schools? Some have said that coming decades will bring a game layer to the internet.

Nonprofits Live: Gaming Recap

Tech Soup Blog

Gaming was the focus of this edition of Nonprofits Live (NPLive). It's only natural that organizations embracing technology to achieve their missions might explore the potential of gaming for good. Our featured gaming experts were: Michelle Byrd, co-president of Games for Change.

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The Games Art Historians Play: Online Game-based Learning in Art History and Museum Contexts – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

AFP Blog

The Games Art Historians Play: Online Game-based Learning in Art History and Museum Contexts – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education : "Considering a few models within my own discipline of art history will orient colleagues curious about venturing down this pedagogical path, but, as with any learning tool, game-based learning will have to fit the specific context of a given course or program.

Game Friday: Games for Lurkers

Museum 2.0

In the spirit of this sentiment, this week we look at games for lurkers, that is, games people watch. Games people watch? Isn’t the point to play games? I’d guess, in this country at least, more people watch games than play them. That’s the whole game!

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The Social by Social Game at June Net Tuesday

Amy Sample Ward

I’m really looking forward to the 2 June event for London Net Tuesday where David Wilcox, Andy Gibson and I will facilitate a new iteration of the Social by Social Game! The Social by Social game is a fun session to help people explore how social technology can be used for social benefit: whether that’s by a nonprofit, a social innovation startup, within a neighbourhood, or across a community. Here’s how a version of the game ran at SHINE09.

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Let the (Geek) Games Begin

NTEN

After three days of powerful sessions, training, and networking, 15NTC culminates in one epic event: the annual NTC Geek Games. This year''s games offers a myriad of challenges for the elite geek in training. 15NTC community Community conference geek games nptech NTC nten Program

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Friday Food for Thought: Watching the Game Film (for Nonprofits)

Amy Sample Ward

—– For professional football players, the six days between games are jammed with practice, gym workouts, and travel. They also include time spent watching the film from the previous game, play by play, evaluating, learning, and preparing for the next game.

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Social by Social Game at Chain Reaction 09

Amy Sample Ward

Today, David Wilcox and I will be running a version of the Social by Social game at the Chain Reaction event in London … which promises to be a terrific 400-strong gathering of community activists, policy people, business leaders, with a few Cabinet Ministers too. Social by Social game cards for Chain Reaction. Tags: events chainreaction conference cr09 event game london socialbysocial

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Social by Social Game at Chain Reaction 09

Amy Sample Ward

Today, David Wilcox and I will be running a version of the Social by Social game at the Chain Reaction event in London … which promises to be a terrific 400-strong gathering of community activists, policy people, business leaders, with a few Cabinet Ministers too. Social by Social game cards for Chain Reaction. Tags: events chainreaction conference cr09 event game london socialbysocial

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Backed by Huge Audiences, Video-Game Stars Get Into Giving Tuesday - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

AFP Blog

Backed by Huge Audiences, Video-Game Stars Get Into Giving Tuesday - The Chronicle of Philanthropy : "A new Save the Children campaign kicking off Dec. 1 aims to tap into the passion of a new, younger audience: video-game players. On what the nonprofit has dubbed #GamingTuesday, gamers and YouTube stars will encourage their followers — which sometimes number in the millions — to make donations and serve as a "life force" for vulnerable children around the world." 'via via Blog thi

Backed by Huge Audiences, Video-Game Stars Get Into Giving Tuesday - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

AFP Blog

Backed by Huge Audiences, Video-Game Stars Get Into Giving Tuesday - The Chronicle of Philanthropy : "A new Save the Children campaign kicking off Dec. 1 aims to tap into the passion of a new, younger audience: video-game players. On what the nonprofit has dubbed #GamingTuesday, gamers and YouTube stars will encourage their followers — which sometimes number in the millions — to make donations and serve as a "life force" for vulnerable children around the world." 'via via Blog thi

15 Game-Changing Prospect Research Tools and Resources

Donor Search

Maybe you’re ready to get started with prospect screening or maybe you’ve been in the game for a while, and you’re curious about any tools you might have missed. Prospect research can seem daunting and overwhelming.

Your Tech Game Plan for 2012

AFP Blog

Your Tech Game Plan for 2012 : ust as a good coach can't lead his or her team to victory without a plan, neither should you leave your organization's technology decisions to chance. Planning is the best way to avoid mishaps, wasted time, and misspent money. Of course, this is easier said than done, and the planning process often brings up tough questions. Wisdom holds that those tough questions are good — just the thing to think through to get your priorities straight.

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Thoughts on the Social Collaboration Game from SHINE09

Amy Sample Ward

This past Saturday at the SHINE09 unconferance , David Wilcox , Andy Gibson , Drew Mackie and I facilitated a version of what was called the Social Collaboration Game. The game combines elements of the Social Media Game, local real-world issues (at SHINE we used local regeneration topics), and the idea development and pitching of the Social Innovation Camp model. David has written up an incredible rundown of the game, including the cards, the planning documents and more.

The Name Game: How to Choose the Best Words for Your Domain

Byte Technology

The post The Name Game: How to Choose the Best Words for Your Domain appeared first on Byte Technology’s Web Design Insights Blog. So many crucial elements go into designing and running a successful website. An eye-catching design; award-winning content; a strong and reliable host server; an intuitive and engaging user experience—the best websites incorporate all these things and more, and missing the boat on one or more of them can spell doom for an e-commerce or blog site.

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Chain Reaction 2009: the Social by Social game

Amy Sample Ward

David Wilcox and I will be leading a round of the Social by Social game! Drawing on the learnings included in Social by Social: a practical guide to using new technology for social impact , the Social by Social Game walks participants through the strategic steps of creating a social media program for your community, whether you’re part of an organization, a geographic community, a campaign, or anything else. Chain Reaction is coming back to London, and the world, this November.

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Chain Reaction 2009: the Social by Social game

Amy Sample Ward

David Wilcox and I will be leading a round of the Social by Social game! Drawing on the learnings included in Social by Social: a practical guide to using new technology for social impact , the Social by Social Game walks participants through the strategic steps of creating a social media program for your community, whether you’re part of an organization, a geographic community, a campaign, or anything else. Chain Reaction is coming back to London, and the world, this November.

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Mario’s millions: could US charity gaming marathons sweep the UK? | Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional

AFP Blog

Mario’s millions: could US charity gaming marathons sweep the UK? Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional Mario’s millions: could US charity gaming marathons sweep the UK? The craze for video gaming for charity has seen some events rake in more than $1m in the US. Could UK fundraisers tap in

4 Lessons on Building Games for Change

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’ve been following the Games for Change Festival since 2005 and now that more nonprofits are incorporating gaming strategies in their marketing approaches, this article share some valuable insights. 4 Lessons on Building Games for Change – Guest Post by Josh Spiro.

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Turning Fundraising into a Game: Groupon, Zynga and Care2 do it, Why Don’t You?

NetWits

At this year’s SXSW conference, keynote speaker Seth Priebatsch said the next 10 years will be the decade of games. Groupon , Care2 , Zynga and the like are already using gaming elements to drive fundraising, engagement, word-of-mouth sharing and stickiness amongst other things.

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See how digital games have big impact at the 12th Annual Games for Change Festival in NYC!

NTEN

The 12th Annual Games for Change Festival is coming up on April 21-23 & 25, in New York City, as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. Games for Change Festival, the largest gaming event in New York City, celebrates the positive power of games.

The 10th Anniversary Games for Change Festival

NTEN

We are excited to be partnering with Games for Change for The 10th Anniversary Games for Change Festival. conference event games for change nptech social change social gaming

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3 Ways to Step-Up Your Data Game

Frogloop

Data can help purpose-driven organizations make better decisions and achieve greater impact. This much is agreed upon.

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New Co-Lo: Game Changer

VisionLink

Do you ever get the bug to travel? Well, about every three years around here we get the bug to complete a major technological overhaul. It''s fun, it keeps us on our toes--but more importantly, we do this to ensure your success. You certainly don''t want to trust your data to an outdated system. So, it with great pleasure that I can let you know that we successfully completed our co-lo move.

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5 Important Marketing Lessons Nonprofits Can Learn From The Hunger Games

Connection Cafe

Fans’ obsession with the Hunger Games saga isn’t by chance. As a Hunger Games fanatic (if Disney creates a Panem-based theme park, I’ll be first in line to visit the Capitol), I’ve been thinking about how nonprofits can learn from the phenomenon and generate this type of dedicated following.

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Games for Good - SXSWi Day 4

Connection Cafe

I'm admittedly not a hardcore "gamer", so I was a little bit nervous when my good friend Joel Bartlett—Director of Marketing for PETA, winner of the 2009 Convio Innovator Award for Advocacy —asked me to moderate a session here at South by Southwest Interactive on "Games for Good".

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Game Friday: Exhibits that Emulate Casual Games

Museum 2.0

The hot exhibit in question is an interactive in which you play a simple game. Just a simple feedback mechanism that turns casual play into a game. What's the balance that makes for successful integration of game mechanics into an exhibit? Projects game

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