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Monday, November 9 • 22:30 - 22:45
Designing Games to Repair Our World

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How can we use design and creativity to enhance empathy, compassion, and care? In this interactive talk, I will talk about how I used game jams to enhance perspective-taking and to reduce bias. Game jams are hands on game creation events, where people come together (in person or virtually) to make games. The game jams first took place in nine cities in the United States. I assessed these jams and found that people explored their identities, and considered others' identities, while learning about game creation.
We are now going to do a series of game jams in Nigeria to support connection and compassion among different ethnic groups there (e.g., Hausa, Yoruba, Niger Delta, and the Igbo), as well as to teach game development skills and enhance creative expression.
In this short talk, I will provide an overview of the game jams and tips, guidance, resources, examples, and other support for how you can create a virtual or in-person game jam event for your school, class, organization, company, or group. The hope is that having people create together will help enhance learning and problem solving, but also to enhance equity, justice, and compassion, and connect humanity. Can engaging in creative practices with others help support understanding among people--and repair our world?

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Kat Schrier

Innovator of Games for Good, Marist College
Dr. Kat (Karen) Schrier is an Associate Professor and Director of Games & Emerging Media at Marist College. She also served as a Belfer Fellow for ADL's Center for Technology & Society, where she supported research and design work related to games, empathy, inclusion, and bias reduction... Read More →

Monday November 9, 2020 22:30 - 22:45 CET