“It is a profoundly erroneous truism that we should cultivate the habit of thinking of what we are doing. The precise opposite is the case. Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.” ― Alfred North Whitehead
Based on our experience, one of the best game design books ever written is called The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses. From empirical creators combining multiple disciplines to theoretical and data-driven research, the book covers gaming as a key tool and process for understanding human behavior and designing systems that optimize for "Flow" (term coined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a great thinker we lost this year).
This ever-present state can be activated in multiple ways but designing for Flow can be one of the most interesting challenges to ever undertake. As educators, engineers, designers, entrepreneurs and scientists, understanding human psychology to drive action, has proven effective when motivating our teammates and bringing technology to life. What we have applied to teaching new skills, we are applying it to restore nature.
Our work as educators. We have developed educational systems since 2013 aiming to unleash creative potential from human beings who want to become technology creators. New educational models like coding bootcamps, can narrow digital and social gaps worldwide, enabling for decentralized and effective skills training programs that "break the molds" of convergent thinking. At World Tech Makers, we have trained thousands of students and we think that to reach mastery, whether at sports, entrepreneurship, trading or others, we can build upon already existing behaviors and drivers.
If you want to learn more about how Profound Awareness can unleash active learning, you can read this post we wrote a few years ago:
The tokenization of everything: "Do x-to-earn". When we have a challenge like the one we have, we think that tapping into massive numbers of people can increase our probabilities of preventing the total collapse of our biodiversity. We are starting with Phase I [A Decentralized Society via new Visa Models] and Phase II - embedding nature restoration into everyday finance and spending, but including gamified systems that optimize for #1 personalization, #2 access, #3 network effects. The tokenization of different activities and physical objects (whether those are gaming, spending, traveling, connecting...or Nature, square meters of land, flora, fauna, etc), enables ownership, which in turn, enables humans to extend their social identities beyond "real life". There are multiple Tweets, articles and research on Web3 and its implications, but here is one of our favorite summarizing the Future of Work:
- Web2: Recruiting / CV
- web3: Token distributions / Transaction History
Humans can be driven by four main motivators:
- Status - leaderboards, badges, titles, celebrities
- Access - unique experiences, unique ownership, unique chances
- Power - control, super powers
- Stuffs - tokens, gear, swag, etc
Connecting ownership to gaming can drive massive action to increase Nature Restoration and the channeling of funds to protect it. Gaming is just one layer to drive action in our ePioneers Technology System and we don't see it as our main value proposition as a startup. Gaming permeates all of what we are building, but our efforts are not centered around the production of one AAA game.
If you are curious to learn more about how we are embedding climate action into every-day-life, stay tuned. In the meantime, check out one of our video clips from last January when we went to Tayrona National Park and started noticing the urgency to protect our corals from continuing bleaching in the Caribbean Coral Reefs of Colombia.