Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Help Us Achieve Extraordinary Goals

SHRM 2013 Talent Management Conference
Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Help Us Achieve Extraordinary Goals


We spend three billion hours a week as a planet playing computer and videogames. Gaming is actually one of the most productive ways we can spend our time — it produces positive emotion, stronger social relationships and a sense of accomplish­ment. Scientific research shows that all of these feelings and activities can trickle into our real lives and impact our real-life confidence, ambition, likabil­ity and willingness to help others. In fact, when we play a good game, we become the best version of ourselves: the most optimistic, most creative, most focused, most collaborative, the most likely to set ambitious goals, the most resilient in the face of failure. In this talk, find out how you can unlock the power of games to achieve extraor­dinary goals and how gaming can become a source of innovation and collaboration for your organization. Game designer and futurist Jane McGonigal explains how games optimize human ability and shows you games that are harnessing the power of collective intelligence to solve real-world problems.


“I think inspiration always has a use. I think the ultimate good in any action is to reduce suffering. Inspiration counts.”

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 8:30am to 9:45am

Jane McGonigal


Jane McGonigal is a visionary game designer and futurist, and she is harnessing the power of the Internet games in new ways to help solve some of the biggest challenges facing our world today and tomorrow.

Islander Ballroom D-G
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
General Session
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