Griefing is a fact of life – online or F2F

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For the past few weeks, my 8-year-old  daughter, "L", has been participating in Connected Camps Minecraft - an educational summer camp that takes place inside of a Minecraft shared server.  The camp directors have created a rich and varied environment, with creative, … [Read more]

Dare to Suck: a manifesto to maximize learning


We just got back from Cazadero Family Performing Arts camp AKA heaven on earth for creative families.  All week long, under the majestic redwoods, people young and old are dancing, singing, juggling, clowning, making art and playing music together in multi-generational … [Read more]

Ninjas vs Wannabes


I've just finished up the Spring 2015 Session of Getting2Alpha . We've now run 18 teams through this innovative online design program. Our teams came from Israel, Malaysia, South Africa, Australia, Great Britain - as well as the metro USA (NYC, SF, LA). All the teams … [Read more]

Resources on Co-op Design & Innovation Habits

Here's a recent talk I did on Co-op Game Design at Hilversum - outside of Amsterdam. I loved the energy and enthusiasm of the young, eager-to-learn students and game designers I met there. VIDEO SLIDES And here's myTNW Europe keynote on the 7 Habits of … [Read more]

What is Applied Game Design?


Have you ever wondered why game designers hate the word Gamification? This well-intentioned term has become synonymous with the practice of using game mechanics to manipulate behavior - and then claiming the results have "the addictive power of games." Experienced … [Read more]

Innovation is a team sport


I'm currently working with 4 distributed product teams - each striving to create something that's both innovative & compelling. As I work with them over many weeks, I can see the effects of team dynamics on the quality and speed of their output. When a team is … [Read more]

Innovation, Collaboration & the joys of travel

I just returned from Amsterdam, where I met with dozens of students, entrepreneurs, startup execs, game designers, and other assorted people. What a delight! I gave some talks, coached a few teams, taught a masterclass, and along the way enjoyed many … [Read more]