About

The Catalysts for Change game is a 48-hour online game to engage people around the world to reimagine the future of poverty and global well-being.

The goal? Identify a thousand new paths out of poverty in just 48 hours of gameplay with hundreds of players from all walks of life.

The game is sponsored by Institute for the Future and the Rockefeller Foundation's global network of Searchlight Partners. In addition, leading organizations in social innovation around the world have signed on as community partners to bring many voices and perspectives to the gameplay.

Please join us in supporting these organizations by visiting their sites and following them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Searchlight Partners

ACET  

African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET)

Ghana

The newest member of the searchlight function, ACET is a non-profit policy research and advisory institution that will monitor a range of topics across the region by utilizing input from selected interns located in countries throughout West Africa. ACET plans to distribute its Searchlight newsletters to decision-makers, policy-makers, and researchers within its network. http://acetforafrica.org

center for democracy and development  

Center for Democracy and Development

Nigeria

A non-governmental organization focusing on security, political, and social issues in West Africa. The Center for Democracy and Development reports on a different issue each month and has distributed the Searchlight newsletters to a growing network of partners throughout the region. http://www.cddwestafrica.org

foro nacional internacional  

FORO Nacional/Internacional

Peru

A civil society organization covering a variety of political and economic issues in South America as a way to track marco-level developments in that region. FORO’s plans on producing both an English and Spanish language version of the newsletter and has developed a systematic source base and scanning methodology. http://www.foro-nacional-internacional.pe

intellecap  

Intellecap

Nigeria

A social-sector advisory firm that focuses on tracking new ideas emerging from social entrepreneurs in South Asia. Intellecap will be organizing the 2011 in-person gathering of the Searchlight grantees in Mumbai, India. http://intellecap.com

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy  

Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Six university-based researchers and 11 Searchlight Associates scan for trends in the areas of trade, health, and energy. In addition, the Searchlight Associates produce podcasts, conduct interviews with thought leaders about trends and developments impacting disadvantaged communities and explore the solutions to these. Their results are published in the Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin which is freely available on their project blog at www.asiantrendsmonitoring.com.

noviscape  

Noviscape

Thailand

Noviscape Consulting Group is the future and innovation company based in Thailand. The company engages in multidisciplinary consulting; e.g. development, public policy and corporate innovation. http://www.noviscape.com

Society for International Development  

Society for International Development

Tanzania/Kenya

A civil society organization that tracks media, regional integration, and social issues throughout the Greater Horn of East Africa. The Society for International Development organized the April 2010 meeting of the Searchlight grantees at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy. http://www.sidint.net.

South Africa Node of the Millenium Project  

South Africa Node of the Millenium Project

South Africa

The South Africa Node of the Millennium Project (SA Node) is a public benefit organization registered in South Africa. The Node was started in 2004 and is one of only 3 African nodes of the global Millennium Project which is a global participatory futures research think tank. The mission of the SA Node is to spread a culture of futures thinking in the region; deepen expertise in futures amongst institutions and individuals in southern Africa; and mobilize southern African experts and networks to participate in the activities of the global Millennium Project. The SA Node has also been piloting a collaborative African foresight initiative, Foresight For Development> , since 2010. www.sampnode.org.za http://www.sampnode.org.za

Strategic Foresight Group  

Strategic Foresight Group

India

A forward-looking research organization that investigates a series of long-term geopolitical, economic, technological and societal trends in India, Bangladesh, Indonesia Thailand, and Vietnam. Strategic Foresight Group also conducts trend scanning for the Searchlight function on broader contextual issues related to the Middle East and Northern Africa. http://www.strategicforesight.com

 

Community Partners

boing boing  

Boing Boing

United States

BoingBoing.net is a technology and culture Web site that the New Yorker described as "read by geeks the world over." With more than 5 million monthly readers, it is "one of the most popular blogs on the planet," according to Fast Company. http://boingboing.net

catcomm  

Catalytic Communities

Brazil

Catalytic Communities is a not-for-profit organization working to destigmatize Rio de Janeiro's favela communities and integrate them into the wider society, generating global recognition of their heritage status. http://catcomm.org

   

China Grassroots Women's Organization

China

The China Grassroots Women’s Organization is devoted to focusing on sex workers' health, rights, and benefits, advocating the elimination of social discrimination and violence against sex workers, and appealing for the legalization of sex work. We interview sex workers, help society understand the current situation of impoverished sex workers, and strive to enable sex workers to express themselves in their own voices. Our website has been shut down by the government and we are now using a blog and micro-blog to share our work. http://user.qzone.qq.com/452598814

foresight for development  

Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Chulalongkorn University (CUURP)

Thailand

CUURP, the first planning school established in Thailand, engages in education, policy-relevant research, and consulting projects commissioned by the Thai government, foundations, and international organizations. http://www.cuurp.org/

foresight for development  

Foresight for Development

South Africa

A non-governmental organization focusing on security, political, and social issues in West Africa. The Center for Democracy and Development reports on a different issue each month and has distributed the Searchlight newsletters to a growing network of partners throughout the region. http://www.foresightfordevelopment.org/

future challenges  

Future Challenges

Germany

Future Challenges affect everyone. They concern all of us, not only a handful of decision-makers. We are highly and widely connected people living in an interdependent world, people of different cultures, religions and political backgrounds. We all share the same common basic values. The internet gives us a face and the opportunity to take part in the global commons debate. FutureChallenges.org invites you to step into this global forum and join the conversation. http://futurechallenges.org/

global openness  

Global Openness Project

United States

The Global Oneness Project produces and distributes films, media and educational materials that explore how the simple notion of interconnectedness can be lived in today's complex world. http://www.globalonenessproject.org

Global Lives Project   Global Lives Project

International

The Global Lives Project is a collaboration of more than 1,000 filmmakers, photographers, designers, translators and everyday people working together to create a video library of human life experience. Our goal is to help the world understand itself through the lives of everyday people, breaking down the barriers of nations, ethnicities, religion, gender and class that divide humanity. http://globallives.org

level playing field  

Level Playing Field

United States

The Level Playing Field Institute is committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in STEM and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation. http://www.lpfi.org/

Link TV  

Link TV

United States

Link Media uses media and the power of stories to engage, inform and inspire its audiences to participate in transformational, sustainable change on issues of global importance. http://www.linktv.org

Masters of Rhythm  

Masters of Rhythm

South Africa

Masters of Rhythm (MOR) is the largest youth movement in the Southern hemisphere. With dance, music and our vision – we are changing the world, dance steps at a time. http://www.mastersofrhythmsa.com

meedan  

Meedan

United States

Meedan.org is a global team of designers, engineers, journalists, and translators all working on tools that make it easier to publish and access English and Arabic content on the web. Meedan Checkdesk is a workbench for professional journalists in the MENA to contextualize and annotate social media - the alpha is deployed with media partner Al Masry Al Youm at http://liveblog.almasryalyoum.com .

QUEST Alliance  

QUEST Alliance

India

QUEST Alliance enhances the quality and relevance of secondary education and work transitions of disadvantaged youth through knowledge creation, innovative action and supporting multi disciplinary collaborations. http://www.questalliance.net/

Shareable  

Shareable

United States

Shareable—a nonprofit online magazine—tells the story of sharing. We cover the people and projects creating a shareable world, and share how-tos so you can make sharing real in your life. Sharing has social, environmental and economic benefits, and we show what’s possible when we share. http://www.shareable.net

springage  

SpringAGE

South Africa

SpringAGE is a movement of young South African leaders who are coming up with solutions and ideas to create more employment opportunities for young South Africans. http://www.springage.net/

Siam Intelligence Unit  

Siam Intelligence Unit

Thailand

Siam Intelligence Unit is Thai think tank and research house, focus on politics, economics, and public policy. Our expertises are creative economy, ICT and media policy, international relations and macro economics. http://siu.co.th/

Trendnovation Southeast  

Trendnovation Southeast

Thailand

Trendnovation Southeast is the Searchlight network newsletter, focusing on Southeast Asian horizon scanning in three dimensions: Socio-Technological Change, Urban and Development and Geo-politic and Security. http://trendsoutheast.org

View Change  

View Change

United States

ViewChange.org harnesses the power of video to tell stories about real people and progress in global development. http://www.viewchange.org

 

Global Game Guides

Truston Ailende  

Truston Ailende

Truston is a passionate programmer with an interest in Game Development, Simulation Programming, and Artificial Intelligence. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, his early worldview was shaped by watching cartoons and reading comics. Having both grandfathers as teachers ensured that he grew up surrounded by books. More rebellious than conservative, he constantly challenges societal assumptions that conflict with his personal beliefs. Game development was more of an interest, and he eventually won awards from Samsung Nigeria and British Council in 2010 and 2011, respectively. He can be reached at trustonailende@gmail.com.

Valeria M. Caeiro  

Valeria M. Caeiro

Valeria was born in Mar del Plata, Argentina. She grew up during difficult social and political times in her country. Having graduated as an English Translator from Universidad Nacional de La Plata, she worked as an English Teacher and in the US Visas Department at ICANA, a bi-national center that encourages cultural exchange between Argentina and the USA. Communicating with people from different backgrounds has always been one of Valeria’s main interests. She currently teaches English and takes part in the Spanish Program for Students at Hunter College CUNY. Valeria serves as a liaison between the students and her community, an experience which proves to be awesomely enriching. Music is another passion of Valeria’s, and she is Assistant Director in a Children’s Musical.

Humberto Cervera  

Humberto Cervera

Humberto Cervera is a 20-year-old self-taught Game Designer who lives in México City. Video games have been a passion for him since he was very young, and he is 100% convinced that most of the game mechanics and skills that we use in video games can be used to create a better world. He has given many talks on the subject and says that his goal in life is to Gamify Education.

Tanja Hichert  

Tanja Hichert

Tanja is a South African futurist with specialised skills in scenario planning, facilitating strategic conversations and scanning. Her public sector work, in association with t he SA Institute for International Affairs, includes projects on sub-Saharan trade agreement futures and South African agricultural futures. Tanja also conducts workshops for government institutions, among others on the future of transport, the future of migration and training the Joint Command of the SA National Defence Force on applying complexity theory to decision-making.

In addition to managing Hichert & Associates, Tanja is a senior research associate at the University of Stellenbosch’s Institute for Futures Research.

Taufik Indrakesuma  

Taufik Indrakesuma

Taufik is a Research Associate for the Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, where he specializes in issues related to energy and infrastructure. He holds a Bachelor in Economics from the University of Indonesia and a Master in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Taufik’s research interests include behavioral economics, energy policy, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and urban development policy. He regularly writes opinion articles on all of these topics for Indonesia’s major newspapers.

Samson Itodo  

Samson Itodo

Samson was born and raised in Nigeria. He is a Radio & TV Youth Presenter, a graduate of Law, youth development consultant, human rights activist and a social entrepreneur. He has a wide range of experience in advocating for youth participation in the democratic process. He works with Youth Action Initiative Africa as Head of Research and Policy. He has facilitated training workshops, conferences, and roundtables on democratic participation and social change. He is passionate about human rights, democracy, youth leadership, civil society strengthening and sustainable development. Samson loves public policy advocacy and research. He is keen about using the new media as a tool to disseminate information, collaborate and stir up progressive interaction. He is very optimistic about the future of Nigeria and Africa.

Sofi Kurki  

Sofi Kurki

Sofi has been involved in futures research since her graduation with Masters in Cognitive Science, from the University of Helsinki, Finland. She works as a research manager in Finland Futures Research Centre, an academic futures studies institute in the University of Turku. Currently Sofi divides her time between her native Finland and California, where she is visiting the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto for her research project investigating the long wave theories of societal change.

Hanna Lakkala  

Hanna Lakkala

I’m working at Finland Futures Research Centre and I’m currently based in Laos where I’m running our Mekong project office. I’m working as a project coordinator and researcher and I’m involved in projects dealing with sustainable long-term energy planning and development in the Mekong region. In addition, I have developing country experience from Nepal where I lived in 2008.

Living in a country and region undergoing large societal and economical changes makes participation in this game a very exciting experience. Getting the privilege to follow this development close-up gives one an insight about how the decisions made today shapes the future development of a country and region that is looking to find its path out of poverty.

Johannes Loh  

Johannes Loh

Johannes is a Research Associate for the Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. His research experience includes pro-poor policies in Asia, aid governance, visual political communication, and public sector reform in developing countries. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Social Sciences from Jacobs University Bremen. Prior to joining the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, he worked for the German International Cooperation (GIZ), Transparency International Nepal, and the United Nations Environment Programme in Geneva.

Nancy Chepkoech Muigei  

Nancy Chepkoech Muigei

Nancy is currently a Nuffic Fellow at the International Institute of Social Studies of University of Rotterdam undertaking a Masters in Development studies specializing in Conflict, Reconstruction, and Human Security. Nancy likes to describe herself as a Youth Activist, Poet, and Social Media enthusiast. She has a keen interest in what she terms as gendered youth. Nancy has in the past taken part in the recently concluded Kenya Youth Scenarios Project where she served as a logistics assistant and participant in the process. She is currently the Africa Project Officer at Mysociety which works on digital transparency projects.

Serge N’djemba  

Serge N’djemba

Serge is native of Cameroon, a French-speaking country located in West Africa. He has been a French teacher for The Alliance Française for over 10 years. He also taught at the French International School and The Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he designed a method based on a short film. Serge holds a BA in Modern Literature and Linguistics from the Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III. He also has experience in the cinema industry as a producer and director. When he’s not teaching or shooting film, he plays soccer so he can explore new exotic cuisines.

Veronica Nguti  

Veronica Nguti

Veronica currently works with the Institute of Economic Affairs, a leading policy and research institution in Kenya, under the futures programme which seeks to facilitate increased utilization of futures methodologies (Scenarios planning, visioning and strategic planning) in development planning, research, policy formulation and analysis. She has also worked extensively youth programs to build leadership skills. Veronica has a bachelor’s degree in literature and linguistics from University of Nairobi. She is also trained in political leadership, a course by Youth Agenda that covered topics such as leadership, conflict management and resolution, branding and strategic planning, ethics in leadership, gender and leadership, policy making in Kenya, leadership and globalization, poverty alleviation and resource mobilization.

Nnenna Nwakanma  

Nnenna Nwakanma

Nnenna has been trained across Sociology, Humanities, History, Internet Governance, International Relations and Law. Board observer of the Open Source Initiative (OSI), Nnenna is currently the Council Chair of the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa and active Adviser on the Africa Information Society Initiative. Founder of NNENNA.ORG, she has tasked herself to making ICT expertise available to governments, businesses, think tanks, development partners and the civil society. Fluent in 5 African languages, she has lived in 7 African countries and has been ranked among the most influential Africans on ICT4D. She semi-permanently lives in Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria.

Bharath M. Palavalli  

Bharath M. Palavalli

Bharath is a researcher at Fields of View. In the past he has developed simulations and games to explore complexities in urban growth and to identify challenges in disaster management. He believes the tools he develops will improve understanding of the decision-making processes, which can then help to identify a plethora of problems we face in a rapidly growing country like India. Bharath has graduated from International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore.

Nicola Pocock  

Nicola Pocock

Nicola is a research associate for the Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. She is also a research co-head at aidha, a micro-business school for migrant domestic workers in Singapore. Her research experience includes pro-poor development and health and social policy in Southeast Asia, as well as gender and migration. She holds an MSc in Public Services Policy & Management from Kings College London. Prior to joining the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, she worked at the UK Home Office and Amnesty International.

Marie Elisabeth Sakse  

Marie Elisabeth Sakse

Marie is a student at Copenhagen University’s Law Faculty. Prior to her law studies, Marie studied Health and Nutrition with a focus on organic and sustainable food production. Although Marie was born in Denmark and has lived there ever since, she does enjoy traveling very much, and with her in-laws living in the U.S.A, she travels there on a regular basis. She is interested in people - how we cope in our very different life settings and how we pool our resources across the global community and work together for a sustainable future.

Li Shao  

Li Shao

Originally from China, Li Shao moved to California to pursue his Masters in Asian Studies at UC Berkeley. He is interested in Chinese politics and is currently researching how the Internet changes people' s lives and brings freedom and democracy to non-democratic regimes. He was a volunteer in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and worked as an intern journalist on Internet users' activism. He believes that the Internet can aggregate the wisdom of ordinary people to create a lovely future for the world.

Myra Suarez  

Myra Suarez

Myra is from Manila, Philippines and is currently pursuing her Masters in Finance at the University of the Philippines-Diliman full time. She has had 4 years of Project Management experience in the real estate industry. Myra has also briefly worked for a multinational company in a Project Management role in IT, helping to implement projects in China, Indonesia, and the Philippines working alongside a virtual team.

Justine Tang  

Justine Tang

As a Councillor of the Hong Kong Foresight Centre, Justine worked on an online game "Enriching Negotiations for Common Ground" for Crisis Management Initiative at Aalto Camp for Society Innovation in Finland (2011). She facilitated the Symposium of "Sustainable Cities: Creative Cities and Urban Development" hosted by the Madrid City Hall and the Asia-Europe Foundation in 2008, which promoted better understanding between Asian and European societies by intensifying intellectual, cultural and social exchanges.

Justine has ten years' experience as Solutions Consultant and Marketing Specialist in global energy and telecommunications companies. She graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a B.B.A. and earned her MBA from IE Business School (Spain). Justine has published teaching cases of design entrepreneurs with the Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Chinese Univerity of Hong Kong. She also investigated the influence of government policy and NGOs on global value creation over 53 OECD countries.

Ilya Utekhin  

Ilya Utekhin

Ilya is anthropologist living in St. Petersburg, Russia. He works in visual anthropology, cognitive science, and new media studies, and is teaching in European University at St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg State University. Video-based web museum of Soviet everyday life, created in collaboration with colleagues from Cornell and Colgate Universities, is illustrative of how Ilya understands the means to convey anthropological knowledge.

Rene Emmanuel Viquiera  

Rene Emmanuel Viquiera

Rene is currently a graduate student at Fordham University in New York, taking up International Political Economy and Development (IPED) with a focus on International Development Studies and Economics. Prior to his graduate studies, Rene has worked with several Non-Profit Organizations in the Philippines. He has served as Program Officer for Education Development for Pathways to Higher Education where he was in-charge of student-scholar formation. Most recently, Rene was Program Officer for Jesuit Volunteers Philippines where he headed volunteer recruitment, formation and training. He hopes to continue on a path of service after his graduate studies.

 

Game Credits

The Catalysts for Change game was produced on the Foresight Engine platform designed by Jane McGonigal and developed by Institute for the Future.

  • Game Producer: Maureen Kirchner
  • Game Administrator: Andy Lam
  • Video Producer: Dylan Hendricks and Material Artifact
  • Game Graphics: Karin Lubeck, Maureen Kirchner
  • Gamemaster: Tessa Finlev
  • IFTF Game Guides: Brinda Dalal, Ben Hamamato, David Evan Harris, Rachel Hatch, Lyn Jeffery, Maureen Kirchner, Bradley Kreit, Sara Skvirsky, Jason Tester, Kathi Vian, Nic Weidinger
  • Community Partnerships: David Evan Harris
  • Communications Director: Jean Hagan
  • Project Director: Kathi Vian