This site is migrating!

Over the next few weeks most of the archived work from the last 10 years of blogging and social media creative play will be moving to a new domain. Big announcement coming in November! Thanks for your ongoing support.

Stay tuned to our work @GrowGames with the Legendary Gamefest starting November 13th in Vista, CA and events all winter long with our partners and tribes around the world.

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Soft Skills to Master by 2020

1. Efficient integration with helper devices (Siri, smartphone reminders, smarthome sensors)

2. How to speak with devices: comprehensibility

3. Creative pursuits tied to the unique qualities of humanness (i.e. expression and ability to read emotional content with clear response)

4. Clear boundaries between self and the wearable tech world (time away from devices, Digital Detox, connection in balance with other humans, nature and the whole)

5. DESIGN for symbiosis: biomimicry, human-centered design combined with a clear understanding of our embedded future with helper devices

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Chromatic Santour: Kourosh Zolani

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[View the story “Chromatic Santour: Kourosh Zolani and his unique instrument of peace” on Storify]

In my musical travels I met a extraordinary man named Kourosh Zolani who grew up in a small village in Iran and chose to bring the native Santur into the modern chromatic scale, bringing traditional Persian music into modern places. Go see him in Los Angeles if you get a chance!

He has 3 free shows and demonstrations of the Chromatic Santour coming up in LA:

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Venice Library – 4:00PM

Saturday, May 18, 2013
Brentwood Library – 3:00PM

Saturday, July 20, 2013
Palisades Library – 3:00PM

Here’s a demo of how the Behrad Zolani Santour instrument works, and a composition of Kourosh’s youthful inspiration gives a sense of his Persian roots.

Infinite Consciousness, Disposable People?

Do you ever think about living forever? I have no personal desire to live out all of eternity in this body….but there is a desire to maintain some history of consciousness that can be passed on and shared across generations.

Ben Goertzel is getting to the vast unknown of infinite consciousness in his recent post on Mind Uploading:

“I don’t know if we will ever solve the “hard problem of consciousness”, i.e. the problem of rigorously connecting subjective experiences with physical structures and dynamics.   My gut feel is that this will require the invention of some new discipline going beyond contemporary science, synthesizing aspects of empirical/theoretical science with aspects of spiritual traditions and contemplative metaphysics like that of the medieval Buddhist logicians.  I gave a talk on this at the 2011 Asia Consciousness Festival.”

Mind Uploading connects the human spirit to the world of digital interfaces directly and it makes us question ideas like reincarnation where some karmic exchange is passed from death into new life. Uploading aspects of consciousness implies that your mind can then be accessed and used by others, perhaps even downloaded into a new host. Embodied intelligence can then take infinite new forms if the receptors and information retain their integrity. Research on reincarnation suggests a direct mind upload from one consciousness to another complete with habits, scars and physical connections.

The interesting future of AGI promises deep interconnection beyond individual access to any information – AGI taps into the collective desire to create new forms of awareness. Quantum computers, doping silicates and graphene nano & biochemistry experiments will yield all types of life over the next decades. We have just started to see the future and there is some interesting terrain and potentially scary monsters ahead.

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The series Dollhouse (click the GIF for animation) showed personalities and minds stored in drives that were mixed and implanted into other humans. “Disposable humans” are a trend that should scare us, whether it’s our homeless, our foster kids and runaway youth, the lost and displaced among us who are often invisible and do disappear. Portable minds and population control dance a very close line in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, creating a 2 season exploration of what could happen if we let individual ambition, fear and control dictate our ability to work together. Emergence has dangerous consequences for us and we must expect big shifts in our way of life as we go through this bumpy evolution.

I am optimistic for the future of alternate intelligences as complimentary to our own, only because I have dedicated my work to building healthy bonds between humans and the rest of the intelligent universe to create the new science that Ben Goertzel suggests. I wrote a series for families on this topic with my husband (ManorMeta) and will continue to advocate for stories that promote symbiotic relationships between the human spirit and the emergent newness we are collectively creating.

I have spent the last nine months building EDDEFY with a team of brilliant scientists, designers and futurists because we saw the need to connect the dots in human learning & binding insight. People put objects, concepts, ideas together in creative ways that we have not yet been fully able to emulate with computing systems and over time we will begin to see the patterns in human binding, the context betweens the lines of content in our daily lives. The narratives that come between us and comprehending the choices we make are a tough nut to crack in the quest to create AGI and map the programming of human consciousness. I believe we can solve these contextual puzzles using great tools like EDDEFY to understand how humans put together their thoughts and over time learning how we connect the dots.

There are lots of leaders out there who may have tools to help you program yourself and fine-tune your abilities while embodied in this human reader now finishing a blog post. I am interested in creating the toolkit, bringing together the tools and making educational technology available and easy to use for anyone and everyone on this planet. I do not want to see us become a culture where “disposable people” are ignored, abused or destroyed. What kind of future do you want for the humans?

Languages of Mindfulness: Connected Learning and Collective Intelligence

Many movements are now forming to gather collective insight, solutions for a troubled planet. I see you all lining up in your positions and I see the leaders who have the big picture to our dynamic puzzle. I see you, striving hard to achieve and bring together the beauty of our world. Our eyes meet across the meetup. We are connecting.

Two aligned movements are colliding: connected learning and collective intelligence. We are learning to use our potential to solve problems together quickly.

Now is the time for collective intelligence to open doors to universal wisdom. We need to learn from each other quickly, sharing our shared insights. We share so much in common – our water and air, food and arteries of transportation that can bring us together in a day. We can solve the big issues like never before. Our capacity and technology grows exponentially, and now we must learn to work together to keep up with our creations.

Empower the stories we want to tell...

Now is the time to be all we can be together, to mobilize and put our plans into action. If you do not have a plan yet, write one out…it can be as easy as change what we do and how we value things. Here’s a process that works for me:

GOAL:  Grow love, increase capacity to resolve conflict
OBJECTIVE:  Change global mindset, shifting culture for billions over the next 10 years
STRATEGY:  Clear message of peacebuilding, participation in public commons, growing empathy in daily life. Promote deliberative efforts.
PLAN: Talk to 10 friends, throw a party and gather insights at public events to develop a common message. Spotlight empathy through interactivity and public participation in related channels. 
ACTION: Event inquiry/conversation and social sharing (Twitter, G+, Facebook, LinkedIn) to grow engagement on collective insight, participation in media and empathy in daily life. Host deliberative events and produce local/global conversations that include resolutions for personal and collective actions.

ImageLay out a path for yourself that starts with a goal and works through setting measurable objectives, a strategy to get there, a plan that you can enact and the call to action you need to see it through. This is a path of mindfulness, of creation with care.

Last weekend I produced social & streaming with the amazing @GATECommunity for GATE3 & StoryCon at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Amy Domini spoke of investing with your heart, a theme that has come up frequently in my work with the Center for the Greater Good to design impact investment and social development tools. The potential for social impact bonds is extraordinary – we have an opportunity now to show what value we can create together.

We all have a stake in our future. I am focused now on building the tools and models we need to create a beautiful world for our collective futures. Our learning technology startup Eddefy is a fantastic multitool, one of many tools that we are ready for in our box….tools that enhance our capabilities, organize information effectively and help us collaborate with others to solve those great challenges.  What do you want to learn and how do you want to use these tools to contribute your art to all of us?

This film may get your juices going to connect to the global grand challenges and find a solution to bring to the world. If you’re interested in medical innovation, check out the FutureMed stream this week from Singularity University, my alma mater is on fire this week.

Join me Thursday in San Francisco for Flow

Invited teachers include musicians, movement artists, nourishment mastery from raw to healthy solutions for mind, body and soul. We invite you to dig deep and find your flow with us this Thursday in Inner Richmond, San Francisco.

RSVP via the website & Facebook has more: https://www.facebook.com/events/123311611151901/

 

39 Strategic Lessons for Creating Great Nonprofit Games

After my last Nonprofits Life event on Gaming our social media team at TechSoup received many questions and requests — I am constantly speaking with leaders who are playing on this field and sorting out the new rules of whatever game we’re playing this week.

I learned so much while hosting this session with Josephine Dorado (JD), Barry Joseph (BJ), Michelle Byrd (MB) and Ben Stokes (BS) that I (EH) shared highlights and lessons learned below. To see the slidecast click Nonprofits Live! GAMES

STRATEGIC GAME DESIGN LESSONS FOR NONPROFITS

GAME AUDIENCES:

  1. Games are a $60 billion global industry (MB)
  2. 55% of gamers are now playing on their handheld mobile devices (JD)
  3. The average gamer is 37 years old and almost half are women (JD)
  4. 97% of teenagers in America play games (MB)
  5. 60% of casual gamers are women (MB)

DESIGN PROCESS:

  1. Think about your intended audience first when creating a social impact game (MB)
  2. Games structure participation in vital civic actions like voting, budgeting, advocacy, movement-building, solving major challenges and simulations for disaster preparedness (BS)
  3. Carefully consider context, how and where people will engage with you and why (MB)
  4. Set goals with impact objectives including metrics of success (MB)
  5. Determine the technology platform after designing for audience, context and impact goals (MB)
  6. Experiences that include inspiration, incubation, play and refinement allow for creating new ways to play together in collaboration (JD)
  7. Understand your role in working with professionals, game studios, designers and development team (MB)
  8. Hard Fun = the challenge, strategy may lead to failure, learning and eventually success and innovation (JD, quoting Nicole Lazzaro)
  9. Budgets range widely on nonprofit game projects – corporate entities, educational foundations, learning networks with innovative projects (BJ)

HOW TO DESIGN:

  1. 4K2F.com keys include blissful productivity, the social fabric, urgent optimism and epic meaning (JD quoting Nicole Lazzaro and Jane McGonigal)
  2. A dynamic design team will include developers, designers, artists, strategists, community builders, researchers and studies on the success or impact created through gameplay (MB, EH)
  3. Real world games include game dynamics for civic learning, play and performance and crowdsourcing social change (BS)
  4. Games are systems of interaction and human activity – it works for some things and defining the question of what you’re trying to do is essential for success (BS)
  5. Live social actions in gameplay include scavenger hunts, games connected to events, crowdsourcing energy for new actions (EH, BS)
  6. Nonprofits are able to create new systems through gameplay and strategic design (MB)
  7. Designing games as rehearsals for the future includes a clear call to response and ask for the audience to participate (BS, EH)
  8. Games are now an integral component of communication and engagement strategy for nonprofits (MB)
  9. Nonprofits often default to games as communication strategy but this is just the beginning – we can create mass motivation to participate in civic life through gameplay (BS)

EXAMPLES:

  1. Macon Money is one example of a game that creates an alternative currency for real world exchanges in the physical world, similar to economic stimulus (BS)
  2. Farmville and FoldIt (showing the architecture of the AIDS virus) are related in terms of collaboration = crowdsourcing solutions through social play (JD)
  3. Half the Sky, a game in design, is based on Nick Kristof’s bestseller based on social issues in the developing world including virtual goods that tie in with real world goods and actions (MB)
  4. Geocaching allows players to find treasure in nature and map our actions through existing tools like Foursquare, Instagram, QR code readers and AR tools like Layar (JD)
  5. ARIS is used for designing local, geolocative games at Global Kids connected to libraries and schools to talk about the history and issues in their community (BJ)
  6. Transmedia storytelling is shining through projects like Breakthrough: America 2049, an ARG in Facebook that allows for various types of gameplay
  7. Scratch and Game Salad are DIY game tools available for creating games with kids (JD)

RESOURCES:

  1. To try your hand at game design try the Grow a Game Cards (BS)
  2. Visit http://www.nonprofitgames.org to see our wiki of resources including everything featured in this blog post, Causebuilding Games extensive slidedeck and professional connecting points (JD, EH)
  3. Games for Change started emerging in 2004 with Barry Joseph, Ben Stokes and a dynamic development group now led by Michelle Byrd and Asi Burak (BS)
  4. Civic Tripod for Mobile & Games: Activism, Art & Learning by Ben Stokes is published in the International Journal of Learning and Media (BS)
  5. Go to the GamesforChange toolkit to find a full interactive guide to get started in game design (MB & G4C)
  6. Gamestar Mechanic is one game where kids can design in-game around social issues including the Playing for Peace and Media and You challenges (BJ)
  7. HungerCraft explores social inequality using MineCraft as a way to rebuild the world in a game jam event (BJ)
  8. Trackables used in geocaching games are being used to discover opinions on issues related to the 2012 elections (BJ)
  9. Visit olp.globalkids.org has full details on the Global Kids blog about youth-created projects (BJ)

Ask your questions on games and design for nonprofits today at the TechSoup Forums, or hop over to request great products like Adobe CS6 that can help you design great games from your office.

Our next live video episode of Nonprofits Live will happen the third week of July on strategic cloud service navigation and we also invite you to join our event on hosting great Nonprofit Events with Social Media for Nonprofits and Eventbrite on June 20th at 11AM PST.Image

Learning how to live with love & make media

In 2005 I traveled to Thailand to make a documentary with kids and women affected and infected with HIV & AIDS. In three weeks I visited social service centers, a camp for kids and families and a residential living center that makes its own clothing, bread, art and goods to sell that supports a village of 40 residents. There are many inspiring stories out there of what it means to love oneself and others through positive action – this is just a glimpse at a few of the people who have inspired me along the way.

A big thank you to Lars Hasselblad Torres and the Global PeaceTiles Project for making this journey possible, along with all of my extraordinary colleagues featured in this short. This was very early in my video production career and was all self-produced and edited – thankfully I can hire editors now to help me. It’s good to know our strengths – and hire others in our community to create more beautiful things together.

Please leave a comment and tell me what’s inspiring you to action – and let me know how we can create beauty together.

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Dance to Freedom

My heart is soaring, excited for the coming winter together with you! I am almost ready to receive you in the circle and dance all night in your honor.

For the last few months I have been creating this gift for you this holiday season. Join me for Dance to Freedom on 12/22 all night, all family time for all ages. The music lineup continues to grow along with amazing makers, healthy food, hot tub and fire, a palatial $50 million dollar estate is ours for the night and we invite you to join us as we celebrate the launch of our new company, Be Embodied and the sacred arts collections we are creating and curating to share with you.

We love and appreciate all you are bringing and encourage participation – tell us how you’d like to celebrate together this holiday! My mind has been deep in ceremony, interfaith weaving of traditions and cultures so that we are all represented in the circle, eyes facing one another and able to meet one another as our best selves. I desire this for all of us, to be whole together and deeply connected to self, others, purpose and the whole we share.

So join us on December 22nd for Dance to Freedom – you can pick up passes now for 50% off by using “evolove” as your code before 12/17. Enjoy this gift from me to you!

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