I've been running through a pretty significant library of extra-curricular reading lately (thank you, Kindle app). It's been awesome. I read "Here Comes Everybody," then "Groundswell," both of which were solid reading for any social media buff. Then I moved on to "The Networked Nonprofit," which I am declaring to be compulsory reading for anyone who does anything in the world and wants to do it smarter, simpler, and more effectively. I dug "The Starfish and the Spider" for the concept, not so much for the hands-on. (It's actually a good companion piece to "Networked Nonprofit.") And now I've caught the gaming bug - I'm just getting into "Reality is Broken." And it's awesome.
Jane McGonigal is quickly becoming a new hero of mine. She's smart, and talented, and often funny. She's simultaneously grounded and hopelessly optimistic. She uses the word "gamefulness." She's so cool!
McGonigal is out there saying that there are things that are broken in the world, and maybe the lessons we learn from games can help us fix them. Maybe making our lives more game-like will add meaning to our lives. (Just read the book.)
I don't care if she's "right." She makes me want to believe.
Games and art make life worth living. Ok, I can buy that; game on.