Summary of an Experiment in Global Engagement

Hello Catalysts!

We are happy to share with you our summary report of the game experience!

How do you see global engagement changing in light of continues global advancements in digital technology? Are we at a tipping point? It’s an exciting time to be an active global citizen!

Enjoy the report, and any comments are most welcome!

Keep Catalyzing,



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Bonus Award! Gamemaster Futressa Award!!!

The Futressa award is going to the chain for rapid and truly global collaboration towards tangible solutions. In other words, this award goes to the players who were able to—from around the globe—join together and turn a critical imagination card into a tangible and practical solution in five short plays. And the winners are…

Buddy.B in Ghanna, SteveBhyve in Australia, karlvendell in the Philippines, bd in the US, and snn.krc in Turkey!!

The chain that inspired me the most?

Congratulations Catalysts! Be sure to check your inboxes for a special prize!


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Announcing the Nomsa Mazwai Award!!

The Nomsa Mazwai Award for the best use of music or other art forms to catalyze positive social change. And the award goes to…

Buchidavinci in Nigeria, and Binti Mwafrika in Kenya (!) for their chain trying to tackle the issue of music and movie piracy, in order to bring in better wages for local artists.



From Nomsa:  “The digital era has made music and movie piracy incredibly easy and fast, this has made it increasingly challenging for musicians in many countries to make a living wage. In some countries this is even leading to an erosion of fundamental cultural entities, and an entire economic base. Finding a way to work with pirates and artists in order to protect cultural expression through the arts is crucial to ensure that all communities are able to maintain their identity and control their own futures. Our world is becoming polarized. We often do not think that there can be a solution that benefits all of us. This game shows us that the way to win, to live in a world of humanity is to connect with each other and find innovative ways to address our collective challenges! Harambe!”

Congratulations Buchidavinci and Binti Mwafrika for your winning chain!

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Announcing the Winners of the Shannon Spanhake Award!!

The Shannon Spanhake Award is going to the best innovation in open government platforms in order to create the most positive change for poor or vulnerable communities. And the award goes to…

crauscher in the US, markburnett in London, and bharath in India! Congratulations to all three of you!!

And the cards that most intrigued Shannon were:

From Shannon: “The “Time Equity bank” chain gets my award because it suggests that citizens should play a role in revitalizing their cities. An example is ImproveSF (, an online platform launched by Mayor Ed Lee that connects citizen problem solvers to civic challenges, citizens volunteer their time to work with City government and are rewarded with a neighborhood asset that they helped to create (along with fun prizes and rewards!). In places or times with constrained resources, citizen participation is paramount and can yield innovative solutions that might not have been previously considered.”

Congratulations crauschermarkburnett, and bharath!! Check your inboxes for a special prize!

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Announcing the Winner of the Tim O’Reilly Award!

The Tim O’Reilly Award is going to the idea that displays the best use of open-source technology to create lasting positive social change. And the winner of this award is…

ubik in the US! Congratulations ubik!!

And the card that most captured Tim’s attention…

From Tim: “Being illiterate will no longer be about the written word, but the ability to code and make the things we need ourselves. A lack of maker/coding literacy is the next phase of the digital divide. Creating spaces around the world to address the growing need for coding skills through hackerspaces is a necessary and exciting step.”

Congrats ubik for your winning idea,  please check your inbox for a special prize!

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Announcing the Tiffany Shlain Award!!!

The Tiffany Shlain Award goes to the best use of using connections and creativity to create real positive social change. And the award goes to…

Pradu in Bucharest! Congratulations Pradu!!

The card the caught Tiffany’s attention was: Visualize and popularize global data so people understand the interconnectedness and can take action.


And here’s why:

“The more we can see how interconnected we are, the more thoughtful we can be about the ripple effects of our actions.” – Tiffany

Congrats Pradu, please check your inbox for a small prize!


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Announcing the Howard Rheingold Award!!!

The Howard Rheingold Award goes to the best strategy for building network literacy in poor or vulnerable communities. And the award goes to…

AdamMaikkula in the US! Congrats AdamMaikkula!!

The card that inspired Howard was: Network literacy by getting all communities online w/ use of donated/trade-in cellphones & computers on social sites. Use Kiva $ 

According to Howard, “This idea has the potential to provoke action by more people, with broad impact. I would donate old phones, computers, if I knew how (and if it was made easy for me). Using Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other social sites also seems to me to have a lot of potential for kickstarting a robust movement.”

Congrats AdamMaikkula for your winning idea, please check your inbox for a special prize!


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Announcing the Winner of the Jane McGonigal Award!!

The Jane McGonigal Award goes to the best idea for using game principles to transform the landscape of poverty. And this award goes to…

Goes to player Long View in the US! Congratulations Long View!!

The card that caught Jane’s eye was:  Depending on incarceration location, have inmates play games to solve local problems and gain stakes in outcomes.

From Jane: Research presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science this past week identified “relatedness” as the top psychological need for incarcerated individuals. Relatedness means feeling connected to others and a part of a community. A game that connects inmates to their community by allowing them to engage in local problem-solving — and potentially be viewed as heroes, rather than criminals — could serve as tremendously powerful rehabilitation and reduce suffering in the prisons. I particularly like that this card was played as an “adaptation” to the following idea: “shorten prison sentences based on achievements in academic learning and/or skill development on the part of the imprisoned.” Together, these ideas make for a really powerful solution you could potentially test in small pilot programs. I love the idea of a game that, the better you do, the more time you can shave off your sentence. Particularly in the case of non-violent offenders, as a major contributor to poverty (at least here in California!) is all the money we spend housing inmates at the expense of education and social programs. It seems like an adaptation of a game like EVOKE ( could actually be a viable model here, particularly as EVOKE focused on “unlikely suspects” (young adults in sub-Saharan Africa) saving the rest of the world — London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Rio.

Congratulations again Long View for your winning idea! Please check your inbox for a special prize!

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Announcing the Winner of the Mitch Kapor Award!!

The Mitch Kapor Award went to player who suggested the best idea for leveling the playing field and spanning the digital divide. And this awards goes to…

Johannes_ATM in Singapore!! Congratulations Johannes!!

The card that inspired Mitch was: Organise a global app competition + a foresight brainstorm like this game to bring financial services to the “unbanked” #leap

From Mitch: Bringing financial services to low income families is an important enabler for participation in the global economy and ascending the steps of the ladder to high income.  There are many potential ways this can happen so the idea of harnessing collective brainpower is an appealing one.

Congrats Johannes for your winning idea,  please check your inbox for a special prize!

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Announcement of the Rockefeller Foundation Award!

The Rockefeller Foundation Award went to the player for suggesting the most inspiring approach to innovation in social change for the next century… and this award goes to….

player nasredinhoja in Beijing! Congratulations nasredinhoja!!!

The card that has inspired the Rockefeller Foundation was: Use social media platforms to vote on best practice gov projects aimed at poverty alleviation – targetted communities included in voting

From the Rockefeller Foundation:

This idea demonstrates a forward-looking and innovative perspective by showing how new technologies (social media) can be applied to broaden participation by communities in how critical resources are allocated. As the comments in the card chain indicates, this idea has relevance globally and locally, and it has the potential to be organized around different sectors, engage different constituencies, and address complex problem. This approach would provide real-time feedback and input to decision-makers in a way that would build new evidence, generate new capacities in communities, inform the creation of new rules, and potentially lead to new stories about how different sectors in society connect and interact with one another—highlighting the powerful intersection and relationship among the four catalysts for change. A truly winning idea!

nasredinhoja, please check your inbox for a special prize!

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