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News Flash - Games for Change Free Workshop for Non-Profits

From: limor s.
Sent on: Friday, May 2, 2008 7:40 AM
Games for Change to offer a free one-day workshop for non-profits interested in social issue video games on June 2nd in NYC.

Games for Change, the international nexus and primary community of practice for the emerging field of digital games for social change will be hosting a free day-long workshop for non-profits new to the field of video games and "real world issues".

Let The Games Begin: A 101 Workshop for Making Social Issue Games was awarded one of 17 grants out of more than 1000 applicants to the MacArthur Foundation?s Digital Media and Learning Competition. Non-profits are using games to raise awareness and engage youth audiences in the most pressing issues of the day from the environment to poverty, from global conflicts to civil rights. And this soup-to-nuts tutorial shows them how.

Set at the start of the 5th Annual Games for Change Festival, this workshop will feature top leaders of the field covering a broad range of topics key to this new genre of games, from game design to distribution, fundraising to press strategies. Sessions include award-winning author and game designer Eric Zimmerman on Game Design Fundamentals, Mary Flanagan of Hunter?s Tiltfactor Lab running the NSF-funded Grow-A-Game session, Heather Chaplin, New York Times and NPR journalist on press strategies, Colleen Macklin, Digital Artist and Chair of Design Technology Department, Parsons on Technology, Carole Artigiani Executive Director of Global Kids, and many more.

Seating is limited to non-profit and public institutions and you must submit a short application in order to attend: http://www.gamesforchange.org/conference/2008/101.php. And seating is running out so sign up soon!

And don't forget to sign-up for the 5th Annual G4C Festival on June 3
- 4, which is a separate registration, featuring a keynote conversation between Henry Jenkins and Jim Gee, and a closing keynote by the Honorable Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. More info on the general festival here: http://www.gamesforchange.org/conference/2008/index.php

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