Earlier this year, social gamification guru Giovanna Mingarelli, BAHons/09, came on board as an entrepreneur-in-residence at the on-campus living lab known as 1125@Carleton. Focused on driving innovation through collaboration, living labs are gathering spots for students, professors, entrepreneurs and business people to create, share and test new technologies and ideas. As 1125@Carleton celebrates its first anniversary, Mingarelli expounds on her PlayMC2 app and how the culture of positive microactions is set to snowball around the globe.
There’s An App for That
It’s a feel-good concept that plays to human nature: reward people with points and prizes for doing things they like or care about. Win-win. In development since 2012, the PlayMC2 app is based on the uplifting idea that life should be regarded as a game — make every day more playful and fun, and we’ll all be happier and healthier. playmc2.com.
Peace Be With You
PlayMC2 played a role in September’s second annual Geneva Peace Talks, essentially a TEDx-style conference aimed at challenging how we think about peace. The PlayMC2 app was there, acting as a conduit for individuals spreading the word on peace and the many small actions any individual can take to make the world a better place. The hashtag is #Peace. peacetalks.net.
It’s All About Connections
At 1125@Carleton, the theme is “Making connections that put ideas into practice.” Mingarelli joined the lab after connecting with executive director Mary Herbert-Copley at a panel discussion for women entrepreneurs. She’s now paying it forward as an entrepreneur-in-residence. carleton.ca/1125.
The #Dignity Project
Global Dignity Day was celebrated on October 15 in 71 countries around the world and by more than 400,000 students. The idea? To make the world a better place by empowering young people with dignity. As part of the party, 100 local students stopped by 1125@Carleton to watch a live stream of the festivities. The PlayMC2 app was used to connect participants worldwide through the #Dignity hashtag. globaldignity.org.
The Motivational Quote
“If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.” —Albert Einstein. This quote sums up the PlayMC2 app succinctly, says Mingarelli. Social gamification makes the day-to-day more playful and fun—games can change the world.
Time for Some #Nationbuilding
Social gamification has gone local, with the Canadian Council on Social Development teaming up with PlayMC2 to solicit new ideas on how to build a stronger, more resilient society. Individuals have been invited to share ideas through the hashtag #Nationbuilding. ccsd.ca.