Serious Games At The British Museum Serious Games exploring the British Museum's collection Great Court Space - Courtesy the British Museum The British Museum's new website for kids called Young Explorers is all about world histories and cultures. It has games, including the amazing Time Explorer, and more. Time Explorer is the new adventure game from the British Museum. In Time Explorer, players have to travel back in time to explore ancient cultures and rescue precious objects from imminent disaster.
99% Conference 2011: Key Insights on Idea Execution Just over a week ago, 400 creative professionals from around the world packed the Times Center in New York City for the third annual 99U Conference, presented by GE. With tickets sold out over five months in advance, anticipation was high, and the audience arrived buzzing with energy – ready for a deep dive into the mechanics of making ideas happen. Lucky for us, with an expanded lineup of 14 speakers and 3 master classes, we had an incredible group on hand to deliver actionable insights. Making ideas happen is a unique process for everyone – and the speakers tackled the topic from a variety of fascinating angles.
Tokelau – First Country to Achieve 100% Renewable Solar Power The Tokelau Atoll Of Atafu, From Space NASA Johnson Space Center Tokelau suffered from an energy system that was expensive and not very eco-friendly: It’s true that a remote, sunny island chain with 1,500 inhabitants is not a fair analog for the world’s densest cities, or even its less dense regions that are more developed. But remote regions of the world need energy too, and they often get it through running dirty, inefficient diesel or gasoline generators that suck up economic resources while adversely impacting the environment.
Stop trying to put climate change in a box In the story of the blind men and the elephant, the trunky mammal is misidentified as a spear, a tree, a wall, a rope; the men are too siloed from one another to fully discern the animal they’re patting down. Today, the old metaphor from the Indian subcontinent is mostly used in corporate retreats and master’s of public policy programs to demonstrate the gains of synergy (or something thereabouts). There’s a new elephant lurking in the room, though, and its name is climate change. A new report on the global risks of a changing climate, commissioned by the U.K.
Gets $434k NIH Grant The University of Central Florida was awarded a $434,800 National Institutes of Health grant that will allow researchers there to develop a game using life-size avatars and real-life scenarios to promote sexual abstinence among Latina middle schoolers. Anne Norris, a UCF nursing professor, and Charles Hughes, a UCF computer science professor, will work together with UCF’s Institute for Simulation & Training during the next two years on the project. The game is intended to be played in after-school and youth outreach programs run by trained teachers and counselors. It will be designed to improve girls’ skills in responding to peer pressure to engage in sexual behavior.
Warrior Day of Action We are not drowning. We are fighting. March 2nd, 2013 -- Join Us! Pacific Islanders across 15 Pacific Island nations and territories will come together in mass numbers on our islands, mobilising at prominent locations to perform our unique war challenges, songs, and dances. We will carry a single message that will make our voice heard on climate change, and we want the world to listen. Send the Pacific Climate Warriors to the Vatican What We Need & What You Get We need your help to step up the Divest the Vatican campaign and send the Warriors to the Pope's doorstep. We'll be travelling throughout the Pacific to listen and collect stories of how climate change is destroying the Pacific way of life, and we'll be weaving these stories into traditional mats. We will then carry these mats and stories with us to the Vatican to show what is at risk if our leaders there don't divest from fossil fuels. We need $25,000 to cover all the costs of gathering stories from across the Pacific, and for flights and accommodation for the Warriors. The more we raise, the more stories we can share, and the more powerful our voice will be.
Condom Campaign Highlights Dizzying Costs of Having a Kid If Don Draper were walking among us, we're betting he'd count this as a pretty clever sell: Sir Richard's, a new condom startup, is advertising its wares not by promises of hair-pulling, nail-scratching pleasure, but rather economics. Simply put, it costs so much to have a damn kid that you better not have one by accident. The new brand is the brainchild of TDA, an ad agency based in Boulder, with backing from Kreloff Equity Partners. The goals for Sir Richard's are several: One is simply aesthetic, as the guys at TDA figured that condom packaging had settled into cliches that rendered the product nearly invisible. LoudSauce: Crowdfunded Advertising for Causes that Matter by Maria Popova What bus shelters have to do with civic engagement and Marshall McLuhan. The key folly of cause marketing can be reduced to low awareness and an unconvincing voice — weak, creatively uncompelling messaging that fails to reach a sufficient number of people and fails to engage those it does reach. Or, to frame it in Marshall McLuhan‘s famous medium/message paradigm, an insufficient medium carrying a toothless message. We’ve previously looked at how UK nonprofit DoTheGreenThing is solving the creative merit problem by borrowing talent from the traditional ad industry to reshape the message.
Obama Golfed With Oil Men As Climate Protesters Descended On White House WASHINGTON -- On the same weekend that 40,000 people gathered on the Mall in Washington to protest construction of the Keystone Pipeline -- to its critics, a monument to carbon-based folly -- President Obama was golfing in Florida with a pair of Texans who are key oil, gas and pipeline players. Obama has not shied away from supporting domestic drilling, especially for relatively clean natural gas, but in his most recent State of the Union speech he stressed the urgency of addressing climate change by weaning the country and the world from dependence on carbon-based fuels. "We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy and the most severe drought in decades and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence," Obama said in the speech, last week. "Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science -- and act before it's too late." Carroll is the chairman of CenterPoint Energy, a public utility company based in Houston, Texas.
How 100 Percent Renewable Energy Could Be Cost-Effective For Australia By 2030 By Jeff Spross "How 100 Percent Renewable Energy Could Be Cost-Effective For Australia By 2030" A new study published in Energy Policy, and flagged by Wired, suggests that a bold-but-not-extreme carbon price could make providing all of Australia’s electricity needs cost-effective by 2030. Special apples urge climate action through awesome natural process These apples are worth more than $230 apiece — and even if you could stomach the cost, you wouldn’t want to eat them. Branded with the COP21 logo in honor of the Paris climate conference, these “illustrated apples” are works of art created with the climate (not consumption) in mind. They’re intended as gifts for the 196 delegates from the United Nations’ member countries who will attend the conference. Pascal Garbe, who works at the French garden that grew apples, explains that they are the perfect reminder for guests of the conference since apple crops are susceptible to climate change.
Are Video Games Educational? Video games. While they may seem like the bane of every parent's existence, they don't have to be—many of them offer unique learning features. And with increased requirements in schools placing unprecedented demands on children and parents, it may be time to start thinking about video games as teaching tools. The learning component of gaming can be optimized with parent involvement. That means understanding what makes a game both fun and educational.