Gamification - Using Games to Engage and SHIFT Mindsets
Cairo Egypt 25-27 September 2014
National actors and the international development community are beginning to use games and play as a means of clarifying policy choices and managing the trade-offs among various priorities that are inherent in sustainable development policy-making, planning and programming. These approaches provide opportunities to understand complex situations in a more accessible manner, to collect ideas and opinions from traditionally under-represented stakeholders, and to build empathy among those with divergent ideas and priorities. UNDP Country Offices around the world have begun to use games for a variety of development issues, including youth unemployment, environmental degradation, and conflict.
The Egypt office event will bring together those interested in gamification, including both external experts and UNDP colleagues who have used games to good effect, for a three-day event to demonstrate the power of games to build empathy and trust among various stakeholders, share experiences and insights about games to address development issues, and design a game or two for UNDP to use with national partners.
This event will be beneficial to colleagues who are interested in using games to engage a variety of national partners and citizens at large in the development process. The event will offer participants opportunities to:
Increase familiarity with gamification as an approach that supports decision-making, prioritisation and management of trade-offs throughout the development process.
Have hands-on experience in designing a game for UNDP.
Develop a plan for using games in their own countries.