Jane McGonigal

Reality is Broken: Game Designer and Futurist Jane McGonigal Comes to IUPUI to Discuss How Gaming Can Change the World

November 1, 2012

New York Times best-selling author, renowned game designer, humanitarian and futurist Jane McGonigal, Ph.D., brings her unique take on the world, society and technology to the IUPUI community on Monday, November 12.

Jane McGonigal

Jane McGonigal

“A Conversation with Jane McGonigal” will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 at the IUPUI Campus Center Theater, followed by a signing for her recent book, Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. The event is free to the public and made possible by the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI and the IU Kelley School of Business at IUPUI.

McGonigal is a champion for using the power of Internet games for public good and real-world problem solving. She serves as creative director for the game development studio Social Chocolate, where she creates games centered on positive emotion and social connection. McGonigal maintains that games can boost resilience, help with coping and growth, and even add time to our lives.

McGonigal has created award-winning games for organizations such as the American Heart Association, the International Olympics Committee, the World Bank Institute and the New York Public Library. She specializes in games that challenge players to tackle real-world problems, such as poverty, hunger and climate change, through planetary-scale collaboration. She is the inventor and co-founder of SuperBetter, a game that has helped more than 120,000 players overcome and manage health conditions such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain and traumatic brain injury. Other well-known works include EVOKE, Superstruct, World Without Oil, Cruel 2 B Kind, and The Lost Ring. These games have been featured in The New York Times, Wired and The Economist, and on MTV, CNN and NPR.

Jane McGonigal is also a future forecaster. She has served as director of games research and development at the Institute for the Future, a non-profit research group in Palo Alto, California. Her future forecasting work has been featured in The EconomistVanity Fair, The New Yorker, O(prah) Magazine, Fast Company, The New York Times Science section, and more.

McGonigal is a popular featured speaker at high profile events and conferences, having appeared at TED and the New Yorker Conference, and keynoted SXSW interactive, the Game Developers Conference, the Idea Festival, the National Association of Broadcasters, the Web 2.0 Summit, UX Week, Webstock, and more. You can watch a TED Talk featuring McGonigal at http://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world.html.

For more information about Jane McGonigal, please visit janemcgonigal.com.

For more information on gaming, computing and technology programs offered at the IU School of Informatics and Computing, please visit in-info-web2.soic.iupui.edu.

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