Science and Technology Innovation Program
April 2006 - In this article, David Rejeski argues that computer and video games are the new mass media and the time has come to apply these technologies for the public good, as we have done with radio and television.
The growing use of social media and other mass collaboration technologies is opening up new opportunities in disaster management efforts, but is also creating new challenges for policymakers looking to incorporate these tools into existing frameworks. The Commons Lab, part of the Science & Technology Innovation Program, hosted a September 2012 workshop bringing together emergency responders, crisis mappers, researchers, and software programmers to discuss issues surrounding the adoption of these new technologies. This report discusses the key findings, policy suggestions, and success stories that emerged during the workshop.
Games are a great way to explore policy options because they allow the player to see both intended and unintended consequences of decisions, said Diane Tucker who directs the Center’s Serious Games Initiative. Tucker described important updates coming this fall with the Election Edition of the serious game Budget Hero.
Comments by David Rejeski in advance of the meeting on Research Needs and Priorities Related to the Environmental, Health, and Safety Aspects of Engineered Nanoscale Materials
Dr. Jordan Grafman, Chief of the Cognitive Neuroscience Section, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Grafman talks about how discoveries in cognitive neuroscience may change our understanding of memory, addiction, and attention deficit disorder. He discusses how and why we need to better prepare for the ethical and social implications of these advances. Learn more about Dr. Grafman's work at: http://intra.ninds.nih.gov/Lab.asp?Org_ID=83 The ideas presented here do not represent the official view of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Deparment of Health and Human Services, or the U.S. Government.
Joanne Ciulla, Professor, Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, and author of Ethics, The Heart of Leadership.In this interview, Dr. Ciulla talks about leadership in the public sector and the forces that shape our perceptions and expectations of our leaders.Click here for more information on Dr. Ciulla.