Just rolling these newly constructed words around my tongue feels strange. So you are probably asking “what the heck is this?!?”
These can be done in any order:
- visit the website: http://game.connected-citizens.org/
- visit the intro page: http://game.connected-citizens.org/about
It’s a big “what if we could use social media on a global scale to think up answers (and questions) for all our problems?” game. Sound ambitious? Some impossible? Well, it is an experiment. And it seems to be generating some rather interesting conversations (see the blog). The game part comes from awarding “points” for particpation. Which is a strange model, but it does give a small amount of incentive to go for that next level if you will.
I am participating more for the sake of participating, just to see what happens. It makes me wonder “what if we tried this on a local scale?” There are some obvious drawbacks – the move vocal, the most passionate, the more zealous folks are the ones making certain ideas and thoughts percolate to the top. The process obscures the smaller voices (especially the non-participants). Having said that, I think some of the louder voices attempt to speak for the underdogs. Of course it is not a perfect situation.
What good will come out of it? Great question. For myself, I have already learned of several things. For instance:
- BudgIT – A Nigerian attempt to “open the checkbooks” and allow citizens to see all financial data using infographics (I know, I know, the comments about spam are right around the corner): http://yourbudgit.com/
- Putnam’s paradox – attempts to explain why greater diversification leads to less collaboration: http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/Putnams-Paradox.html
I confess, I am also participating because I think the concept is fascinating. I have no idea if it is really useful or not, but it really is a novel use of modern technology. I am dearly hoping the hosts data mine this provocative pool of thoughts and give us something to run with.
The game ends at 2:pm CST Wednesday, Jan 23.