- Play and Performance in Civic Space
- Reframing Learning and Mobile
- Play and real-world social change
Can a game help us cross neighborhood lines? In this pilot, paper bonds were handed out in halves across three neighborhoods in Macon, GA. Residents were then challenged to play the game to find the other half, and earn coupons to support local businesses. The game hints at an important future model for mobile.
This game seeks to help everyday people restore the social and physical fabric across community lines. More than $65,000 was distributed to residents with support from the Knight Foundation. Players often met at community events, and then extended the game into online social networks, Craig's List -- whatever they could find to help locate the missing half of their "bonds."
Macon Money was designed in part by Kati London, and in our interview she addresses a number of topics, including:
- (1) the currency design as a blend of aesthetics and function
- (2) the connection between financial and social capital
- (3) how they balanced play with being serious
- * impact evaluation featuring some fantastic visualizations of the deployment, and much more (released on 4/29/12)
- * our interview with Kati London
- * New Scientist magazine article: "Future of money: A currency that's building community" (June 8, 2011)
- * Video of designer Kati London as part of the Knight Foundation news release on the project (September 22, 2010)
Game Overviewbuilding personal connections across neighborhoods with a new currency that comes in halves
Game DeveloperArea/Code (now Zynga New York)
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