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Why You Need to Game Your Supporters


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


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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How Nonprofits Are Using Games for their Mission Driven Work

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: I’ve been a fan of Games for Change Festival since 2006 when I first heard about it, almost ten years ago. While I have not been able to attend every year, I do publish a guest post every year with a roundup of how nonprofits are embracing the use of games.

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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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Six New Games for Change: Check Out the Future of Gaming for Good


By Jeff Ramos, Community and Content Manager, Games for Change. For the first time, this year's Games for Change Festival created an opportunity for producers of games in development to get live feedback from leading game designers, educators, and funders on the main stage.

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How the “Shark Tank” of Podcasts is Changing the Start Up Game


By Kristen Matthews. ———-. So, you’ve finally got it….that that thing that wanna-be entrepreneurs dream about and fight for all their lives…an incredible, original and viable business idea. You’ve done the research, crunched the numbers and wowed your friends with your amazing idea.

Is Facebook’s One-Click Donate Button a Game Changer?


Facebook recently rolled out its one-click donate button for nonprofits. You can sign up here to add it to your organizational FB page. Social Networking Online Fundraising nptech Trends Nonprofit

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


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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WEBINAR: The RFP Dating Game

See What's Out There

Relationships are built on trust, which takes time; the same is true for good partnerships. strategy Video web webinar dating rfp

No Losers Allowed in the Fundraising Game


Somehow, in our age, fundraising became a win-or-lose game for people and organizations trying to do some good in their communities. Nonprofits are strapped with time and resources, and good citizens have to jump through hoops to make a difference.

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What Nonprofits Can Learn at Games for Change Festival

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: Back in 2007, I presented and attended at the Games for Change Festival. Over the past few years, games and mobile platforms have become more and more important for nonprofits to pay attention to for their communications strategy.

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Games for Change 2011: Channeling Our Collective Power

Tech Soup Blog

An epic win for the gaming industry? Whether or not you you play games, you can’t ignore the gaming community’s far reach these days. ” Science gets a swift kick of fun when you can learn about it by being propelled through the air in a game.

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5 Games Supporting Nonprofits’s Missions, from Low-Tech to High-Tech

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: I went to my first Games for Change Festival ten years ago, in 2005 and have been a fan and supporter ever since. They also offer any reader of Beth’s Blog a special discount code of 10% on the conference registeration (use this code: 10beth when you register ) Meghan Ventura from Games for Change has wrote this guest post about how nonprofits are using games to leverage their missions. Games for a New Climate. Half the Sky Movement: The Game.

Guest Post: Lessons Learned Designing a Mobile Game for Balboa Park

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Ken is a game designer and writer who develops narrative, collaborative augmented reality experiences about serious issues. Now, that game, GISKIN ANOMALY , is live. GISKIN ANOMALY is a “historical fiction” game I created for Rich Cherry and the Balboa Park Online Collaborative.

Upcoming Nonprofits Live on May 16: Gaming

Tech Soup Blog

Here at TechSoup, we believe game-based technologies can serve as powerful tools for advancing social action, civic engagement, and health for youth. Come watch TechSoup get its game on in this month's interactive Nonprofits Live: Gaming webinar on Wednesday, May 16, at 11 a.m. Pacific time featuring experts and stories from organizations that have found new and innovative ways to catalyze social impact through digital games. Ben Stokes, Games for Change.

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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6 Nonprofit Technology Takeaways and One Killer Find from #12NTC


6) Gaming for Good. Although not a big part of the nonprofit tech conversation there’s clearly a group of folks interested in utilizing gaming and game mechanics for fundraising, community building and program delivery.

8th Annual Games for Change: Register Now!

Tech Soup Blog

This post was written by Jeff Ramos, Community and Content Manager at Games for Change. TechSoup has participated in their annual festival for the past couple of years, to support the use of games for advocacy, education, and social impact in the nonprofit sector.

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.

Game Changing Strategies for Nonprofits in 2011


What fundraising strategies will be a game changer for nonprofits in 2011? What’s on tap for social media and advocacy? Frogloop asked some of our favorite nonprofit campaigners and experts to give us their thoughts and predictions. Holly Ross, NTEN. Mobile! And not apps. Apps are fine, but nonprofits seriously need to invest in mobile versions of their sites.

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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.

How to Up Your Digital Marketing and Fundraising Game in 2017

Tech Soup Blog

The new year is a perfect planning opportunity as your organization sets its sights on new goals and outcomes for the next 12 months.

21 Strategic Lessons for Creating Great Nonprofit Games

Tech Soup Blog

After our last Nonprofits Live event on gaming, our social media team received many questions and requests — many of you in the TechSoup community are excited about the future of creating games for nonprofit causes! GAMES. Game Audiences.

[Cool Infographic Friday] Game of Tech Thrones


Oh.Em.Gee. This one is awesome. Can’t stop laughing. by vasundhara. Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually. ——— ( photo credit ).

[Cool Social Tools] DonorDrive Ups Your Fundraising Game


Startups and tech vendors are welcome to contact me at maddie[at]socialfish[dot]org to submit guest posts about their platforms – SocialFish readers love to read about new tools and apps! ————-.

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The 10th Anniversary Games for Change Festival


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

Game On: How Gamification is Changing the Sector

ASU Lodestar Center

Although, we do understand that games, are gamified mechanisms, and people purchase them because they solely enjoy them for entertainment. Therefore, in order to create an effective gamification program within a nonprofit, research is needed to find the middle ground between a game and an incentive program. On one end, we see the excitement and fad of Facebook games such as Farmville or CandyCrush. Game Economy.

Gaming for learning | Inquirer News

AFP Blog

Gaming for learning | Inquirer News : Games for learning is an interesting topic because gaming is associated with fun, it’s associated with engagement and the concept that when a student plays a game, the student learns,” said Jason Trump, Microsoft’s education partner director for Asia Pacific and moderator of “Gaming4Good: Education through Gaming” forum. “If

Gaming for Good: Interview with Joel Bartlett, Director of Marketing at PETA


What role do games play in PETA's online strategy and how has that role evolved over the years? Much of our strategy is to engage with people online—whether they are already PETA supporters or people who have never even considered animal rights—and games are a vehicle for engagement.

The Failure Bow: How To Stop the Blame and Shame Game and Start Learning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

When you read this post, I’ll be on a plane to the facilitate the opening plenary at the Legal Services TIG Conference on Wednesday, Jan.

Use Case: The Community-Driven Social Impact game for Community Media Centers

Amy Sample Ward

Last month, at the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference , I had the opportunity to run the Community-Driven Social Impact game in a session workshop. How did you modify the game to match your community and goals? Have you run the CDSI game in your organization or at a workshop?

Challenges, Rules, and Epic Wins: Using Game Design to Build Visitor Loyalty

Museum 2.0

Was it while playing a game? Last week, as part of my museum's year-long Loyalty Lab project , we hosted a workshop for Bay Area museum professionals with special guests Ian Kizu-Blair and Sam Lavigne of the game design firm Situate. Celebrating the Win Most games have a big finish.

Games for Change: An Interview with Darren Garrett of Littleloud


Hot off the heel of winning a Games for Change Award for The Curfew and the release of their new game, Sweatshop , we spoke to Darren Garrett, the Chief Creative of Littleloud Digital Entertainment. This audience spends a great deal of time online, often playing games.

The 5 Best Social Impact Games of 2010


By Jeff Ramos, Community and Content Manager, Games for Change When most people outside gaming think of video games, they typically fall into three buckets: "old school" games like Super Mario and Tetris, social and mobile games like Farmville and Angry Birds, or hyper-violent console games like Grand Theft Auto. Of course, at Games for Change, we support and assist in creating games for social good.

7 ways Facebook’s Subscribe Button can be a nonprofit game-changer

John Haydon

Up until now there has been no way for the leaders within your nonprofit to join discussions about your cause on Facebook, unless they were willing to compromise their privacy. But now with the Subscribe Button , Facebook users can opt-in to their public updates without being her friend.

Gaming for Sustainability: How Balaji Prabhakar’s Lottery Beats Traffic Congestion

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Imagine someone offered you $1 to leave the house an hour earlier in the morning so as to shift your commute to an off-peak train. Will you do it? If you’re like most people, you will say no. Now imagine you’d be offered a 1-in-100 chance of winning $100. You might find this offer much more enticing.

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.

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


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.

JVIB 2012 Special Issue on Technology: Today's Game Changer

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I'm very excited to be a guest editor with the awesome Donna McNear on next year's special technology issue of the Journal of Vision Impairment and Blindness. JVIB is the peer-reviewed journal of record in the field of vision loss, and a past tech issue in 2003 featured my article, In the Palm of Your Hand, a vision of what mobile devices would mean for blind people in the future (a future that has already happened, of course!).

Interacting and Gaming at Library 2.011

Tech Soup Blog

" Games for Library Instruction. Another fabulous session that I attended was an Introduction to Digital Game-Based Learning in Libraries. Broussard shared a plethora of online games created to aid and enhance. Broussard shared the links to these games on. My favorite games mentioned were created by the speaker herself for Lycoming College. The first, Secret Agents in the Library , is a standard one-shot library instruction class put into game format.