Posts for Tag: TED

Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world


Watch it. Think about it.

Wouldn't it be great if we could all live with this level of enthusiasm? Wouldn't it be great if we could all make it our mission to save the world for another century? Heck, we could set our sights considerably lower and still be better off.

It's not as crazy as it sounds.

And look what else turned up today: Jeffrey Cufaude's post, Playing Your Way to Refreshed Values.

Stop signs: Two takes. Which do you choose?


And from Verlyn Klinkenborg's editorial in today's Times

Recently, I have been considering the four-way stop. It is, I think, the most successful unit of government in the State of California. It may be the perfect model of participatory democracy, the ideal fusion of “first come, first served” and the golden rule. There are four-way stops elsewhere in the country. But they are ubiquitous in California, and they bring out a civility — let me call it a surprising civility — in drivers here in a state where so much has recently gone so wrong.

What a four-way stop expresses is the equality of the drivers who meet there. It doesn’t matter what you drive. For it to work, no deference is required, no self-denial. Precedence is all that matters, like a water right in Wyoming. Except that at a four-way stop on the streets of Rancho Cucamonga everyone gets to take a turn being first.

I don't suppose that there's really that much distance between these two approaches, but I find the mood and the civility of Klinkenborg's much more appealing.