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The Thinking Blogger Award For Future-Making Serious Games

Rod Peña, who authors the outstanding blogs Inside Rod's Head.. ...A Better Future is Being Created and A Hero A Day - Building a virtual quilt of courage through the deeds of those who chose to make a difference has once more toasted me with his generosity and tagged me with The Thinking Blogger Award!

My gratitude to Rod whose blogs are a daily inspiration with their primary goal of making the world a better place. Being included among the people who make Rod think is a most touching accolade.

'5 Blogs That Make Me Think'

Global Kids' Digital Media Initiative - Global Kid's relentless production always amazes me. Founded in 1989 and incorporated as an independent non-profit organization in 1993, Global Kids, Inc.™ educates youth about critical international and domestic issues and provides educators with strategies for integrating experiential learning methods into urban classrooms.

Since 2000, Global Kids Online Leadership Program, led by Barry Joseph, has been adapting a most successful youth development model to the internet, creating new opportunities for bringing civic engagement, global awareness and leadership development to youth around the world through online game, online dialogues, and social actions.

I feel a compelling need to publish a new post each time GKs manage another breakthrough. It is a sort of personal celebration -- Global Kids challenging us to play a better future! Global Kids have a dedicated category in my blog, as I anticipate a series of breakthroughs in a near future.

SElearninggames, by Sandra Dickinson, is a running conversation about, by, and for social entrepreneurs making a learning game to accelerate earned income venture profitability. In her Social Entrepreneurs Learning Game Manifesto, she reveals she has been thinking about nonprofit social entrepreneurs making a learning game together for so long, that she finally decided to blog about it. And, not just blog about it. She has set up a wikispace for us to DO IT!

There are over 550,000 social entrepreneurs in the U.S. – nonprofit organizations who are starting and growing earned income ventures to support their missions. Surveys indicate that slightly less than half of these ventures are profitable. Sandra's current passion = social entrepreneurs elearning games to solve the mystery of venture profitability and make this effort sustainable.

The Power of Play - Serious Games in Canada - Richard Hart is a professional programmer and founder of Vancouver based Ethical Entertainment. His company specializes in the creation of socially responsible serious games and entertainment products. An avid educator with nearly a decade of teaching experience, Richard has a passion for exploring how entertainment and games can be used for education and social change.

Professor Jordan B. Pollack directs a research lab called DEMO-Dynamical & Evolutionary Machine Organization, at the Computer Science Department of Brandeis University. BEEweb is his biggest vision ever - free tutors for every student on the planet! Thousands of students who drive each other's learning.

BEEweb is a serious games project based which is focused on k-8 multiplayer educational gaming using a new kind of motivational structure. It turns kids into each other teachers and can scale P2P to millions for free. They have 4 games so far, won 3 "Bessies" and have more on the way.

Avant Game, by Jane McGonigal. Jane is a game designer, a games researcher, and a future forecaster. She makes games that give a damn. She studies how games change lives. She spends a lot of her time figuring out how the games we play today shape our real-world future. And so she's trying to make sure that a game developer wins a Nobel Prize by the year 2032.

NOTE TO WINNERS: If you wish to share your wealth with the Blogosphere and recommend five blogs that make you think, here are the rules of the road from Ilker Yoldas, originator of the meme and the award...

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn't fit your blog).

Congrats, Thinking Bloggers