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Jane McGonigal

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Jane McGonigal is an American game designer and author who advocates the use of mobile and digital technology to channel positive attitudes and collaboration in a real world context.
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The Learning Game
Teaching Kids to Think for Themselves, Embrace Challenge, and Love Learning
Ana Lorena Fábrega - 2023-09-05
Jane McGonigal
This is a great book I was lucky to get to read an advance copy of!      source
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How to See the Future Coming and Feel Ready for Anything―Even Things That Seem Impossible Today
Jane McGonigal - 2022-03-22
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@krishnanrohit @VincentBriere @iftf I recommend the book Imaginable for a current take on futures thinking.      source
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Stepping Back from the Ledge
A Daughter's Search for Truth and Renewal
Laura Trujillo - 2022-04-19
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In this "seismically moving memoir" (The New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice), one woman asks a seemingly impossible question in the aftermath of her mother's suicide: How do you mourn a loved one as you repair the injuries they inflicted?"Laura Trujillo resurfaces from the dark 'sub-basement' of despair with assurances for us all: There is...
Jane McGonigal
@lauraftrujillo @nytimesbooks I just finished your beautiful book. Thank you for creating this safety net for others.      source
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The Actual Star
A Novel
Monica Byrne - 2021-09-14
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David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas meets Octavia Butler’s Earthseed series, as acclaimed author Monica Byrne (The Girl in the Road) spins a brilliant multigenerational saga spanning two thousand years, from the collapse of the ancient Maya to a far-future utopia on the brink of civil war.The Actual Star takes readers on a journey over thousands of years ...
Jane McGonigal
This is a phenomenal book and a steal at $1.99!!!!      source
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The Rock from the Sky
Jon Klassen - 2021-04-13
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Look up! From the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of the Hat Trilogy comes a new deadpan gem.Turtle really likes standing in his favorite spot. He likes it so much that he asks his friend Armadillo to come over and stand in it, too. But now that Armadillo is standing in that spot, he has a bad feeling about it . . .Here comes The Rock from the Sky,...
Jane McGonigal
@burstofbeaden This book is soooooo good! Thank you for creating it. Your books are among the small handful we will keep forever after our kids are grown up, you awesome, your mind is amazing, and I want an eye monster from the future.      source
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The Reality Game
How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth
Samuel Woolley - 2020-01-07
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Fake news posts and Twitter trolls were just the beginning. What will happen when misinformation moves from our social media feeds into our everyday lives?Online disinformation stormed our political process in 2016 and has only worsened since. Yet as Samuel Woolley shows in this urgent book, it may pale in comparison to what's to come: humanlike au...
Jane McGonigal
@Ologies speaking of which...professorrr @samuelwoolley would be an amazing guest for an episode in infodemiology, how disinformation and misinformation spread (very important for vaccination efforts!) His book Reality Game is fantastic and he is THE expert!      source
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A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara - 2015-03-10
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A Little Life follows four college classmatesbroke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambitionas they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. While their relationships, which are tinged by addiction, success, and pride, deepen over the decades, the men are held together by their devotion to the brilliant, enigmatic Jude, a man...
Jane McGonigal
@rhondakap @kellymcgonigal If you haven't read this only read it if you want to be emotionally brutalized. Virtuoso portrayal of compassion but Jesus you could not make worse things happen to your characters. Almost sadistic. Amazing book but traumatic read      source
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Game Thinking
Innovate smarter & drive deep engagement with design techniques from hit games
Amy Jo Kim - 2018-05-24
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How are market-leading products born?Successful innovations may end up reaching a mainstream audience, but they never start off that way. That's the paradox of innovation most entrepreneurs fail to embrace-the typical people in your market are not the ones you need to woo when bringing your idea to life.Instead, find the "superfans" hidden in your ...
Jane McGonigal
this is a STEAL for a great book on game thinking!      source
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The Game Believes in You
How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter
Greg Toppo - 2015-04-21
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What if schools, from the wealthiest suburban nursery school to the grittiest urban high school, thrummed with the sounds of deep immersion? More and more people believe that can happen - with the aid of video games. Greg Toppo's The Game Believes in You presents the story of a small group of visionaries who, for the past 40 years, have been pushin...
Jane McGonigal
The most important book on games and learning in a decade! it's getting amazing reviews in NYT, etc      source
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The Grasshopper
Games, Life and Utopia
Bernard Suits - 2014-04-02 (first published in 1978)
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In the mid twentieth century the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein famously asserted that games are indefinable; there are no common threads that link them all. "Nonsense," says the sensible Bernard Suits: "playing a game is a voluntary attempt to overcome unnecessary obstacles." The short book Suits wrote demonstrating precisely that is as playful a...
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@mikedariano The Grasshopper by Bernard Suits      source
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Finite and Infinite Games by James P. Carse
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