October 10, 2004
Serious Issues, Serious Games: The Non-Profit Perspective
Our first annual conference was held on June 8, 2004 at the New York Academy of Sciences, New York City.
The aim of the conference was to "to bring together non-profits, foundations and game developers to explore the use of digital games to advance organizational mission and societal change." The conference's primary goal was to mobilize support for a medium with growing importance for nonprofits, and to bring together a small group of practitioners to begin to discuss a long-term strategy for the larger non-profit community and its partners.
As with Games for Health, those interested in the non-profit perspective are forming a community of peers with our assistance. This new group is working on non-profit organization specific missions, long-term goals, and communication tools like a listserv.
The exploratory conference was organized by a steering committee drawn from several NY-based non-profits: Barry Joseph of Global Kids, Suzanne Seggerman of Web Lab, Benjamin Stokes of NetAid and Thomas Lowenhaupt, with generous help and guidance from Dave Rejeski of the Woodrow Wilson Center and financial support from the Richard Lounsberry Foundation.
Many related items are now online:
- Our press release
- Conference materials: agenda, participant bios, game descriptions
- Archived video (coming soon), transcripts (coming soon), and selected photos
- Additional press coverage
Posted by Ben Sawyer at October 10, 2004 03:44 PM