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Community PlanIt: Games for Civic Engagement

Community PlanIt is a local engagement game that makes planning playful, and gives everyone the power to shape the future of their community.

Community PlanIt is a project of the Engagement Game Lab at Emerson College. It is also part of an ongoing design research project on games and civic engagement. Local governments can use it to get people (especially young people) more involved and understanding of what goes in to managing their communities.

Eric Gordon, who leads Engagement Game Lab says that the games are also a way to educate about local issues, gain feedback from people who actually experience them on a daily basis (his team produces comprehensive post-game reports), and to encourage dialogue. “There’ s also a social piece, where people learn from each other.” Players get extra coins if they reply to other people’ s ideas, or if they get replies or likes for their own comments.

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