Hosted in New York City by Parsons The New School for Design, the 6th annual Games for Change Festival will take place May 27 - 29, 2009.
The Games for Change Festival brings together the world's leading foundations, NGOs, game-makers, academics, and journalists to explore how best to harness this incredibly powerful medium to help address the most critical issues of our day, from poverty, climate change, global conﬂicts, to human rights.
This year, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof will give the opening keynote address. Other featured speakers include:
- James Paul Gee, Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Chair in Literacy Studies at Arizona State University
- Seth Scheisel, New York Times game critic
- Joseph Kahne, Dean of the School of Education at Mills College and co-author of the Pew study on games and civics
- Tracy Fullerton, Director of the Electronic Arts Game Innovation Lab & author of Game Design Workshop: A Playcentric Approach to Designing Innovative Games
- Eric Zimmerman, CEO of Gamelab and co-author of Rules of Play
- Mary Flanagan, Director of the Tiltfactor Lab
- Ian Bogost, CEO of Persuasive Games and author of Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism
- Heather Chaplin, freelance journalist (NPR, New York Times) and author of Smart Bomb
- Henry Jenkins, the Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program and the Peter de Florez Professor of Humanities.
- N'Gai Croal, Technology Editor Newsweek Magazine
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