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Gabe Zichermann is the chair of the upcoming Gamification Summit (4/16-18, 2013), where top experts meet to share insights that help create engagement for employees and consumers. Zichermann is also an author, highly rated public speaker and entrepreneur whose book, “Gamification by Design” (O’Reilly, 2011) is the first to look at the technical and architectural considerations for designing engagement using game concepts. He's also the author of the seminal gamification book "Game-Based Marketing" (WIley, 2010) and strategic advisor to numerous Fortune 500 and startup companies. Gabe serves on the board of Governors for StartOut and is a Director of the Founder Institute in NYC.

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Peace Through Unity: Merge Gaza Into Israel

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 4:22 PM

As the conflict in Gaza rages on, it seems that opinion is divided about whether Israel or Hamas maintains the majority of the responsibility for the death, devastation and despair. Though both sides seem more unwilling to compromise their views than ever, and anti-Israel proxies attempt racist pogroms...

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Boycott Russia? Here's a Better Idea

(40) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 10:57 PM

Russia recently passed a series of draconian laws that have effectively made homosexuality illegal in the world's eighth-largest economy. Against this backdrop of state-sanctioned hate, Neo-Nazis, armed militias and gangs of thugs have begun a campaign of rape, torture and murder of LGBT individuals -- often...

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Prop 8, DOMA Rulings May Help Republicans

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 5:11 PM

This week's historic rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court on DOMA and Proposition 8 prompted well-deserved celebrations from gays and lesbians across the country. By allowing federal benefits for LGBT spouses and freeing marriage in the country's largest state, the court vindicated the decades-long work of...

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The World's 8 Best Gay Marriage Ads (VIDEO)

(56) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 9:16 PM

As the U.S. eagerly awaits a ruling from the Supreme Court on two major gay rights cases, it seems appropriate to spend a few minutes checking out some of the funniest, most moving and best online and TV ads in support of gay marriage from around the world. With millions...

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Gamification: The Hard Truths

(9) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 11:39 AM

Gamification -- or the use of game, loyalty and economic concepts to engage consumers and employees -- has its fair share of detractors. Many of their criticisms dismiss gamification as a fad, criticize its use of game concepts, suggest its methods are shallow or believe its sole use is for...

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Games and Gun Violence: Cause and Cure

(9) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 9:46 AM

The games industry does not like its product being implicated as a cause of horrific violence. Because the majority of recent mass shooters have had a documented affiliation with violent video games, the media has been quick to point fingers. In the hours and days after shootings like...

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Rethinking Elections With Gamification

(4) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 12:34 PM

In the run-up to the 2012 election, various candidates approached me and my design firm Dopamine to discuss how gamification could be used to help them get elected. Although we ultimately lacked the time to do anything tangible, this year saw a number of gamified models used to...

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The Gay Panic Defense and Trayvon Martin

(24) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 10:18 AM

The shooting of Trayvon Martin is a national tragedy that has left many Americans surprised and dismayed. For students of gay rights in the United States, the emerging facts of the case, and particularly how police appear to have handled it, are eerily familiar.

For the better part of...

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Stop Texting While Driving With Gamification

(1) Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 4:59 PM

Recently, the NTSB published a report calling for drivers to completely stop texting/calling while in motion. While coming up shy of a complete ban, the NTSB report was sobering to say the least. Of course, changing this kind of behavior with "traditional" approaches (TV spots, legislation) will come...

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Why I'm Glad You're Gone

(24) Comments | Posted December 28, 2011 | 12:26 AM

New York around Christmas is a pretty quiet place. In this city of fierce individualists, where millions come to seek their fortune precisely because it's not the small, shitty town they grew up in, the late December exodus can catch a newbie by surprise. You can practically bowl down Manhattan's...

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Fixing the United States Postal Service

(57) Comments | Posted December 18, 2011 | 9:20 PM

The United States Postal Service is in trouble. Severe financial problems are looming due to pension funding issues and structural changes in the economy that move us away from physical mail. While I'd love to see a political change to the former, the latter seems inexorable. It's not...

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Occupy Wall Street and the Crisis of Choice

(7) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 1:30 PM

It's been a wild week for the Occupy Wall Street movement. While there have been literally hundreds of insightful analyses of the protests and their reasons, one area that deserves a deeper dive is how we can use behavioral economics and motivational design to better understand the movement and ultimately...

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Chasing Hurricane Irene on a Wing and a Badge

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2011 | 3:41 PM

Hurricane Irene has dominated the news on the US East Coast for the past week, and I was among those trapped (though not harmed) by her passing in New York City. Of all the different story angles told about Irene, the most intriguing has to be the story...

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Can Games and Gamification Fix Washington?

(8) Comments | Posted February 4, 2011 | 11:55 AM

Even without protests in Cairo and Tea Party insouciance, there's no doubt that most governments eventually lose "sync" with their people. Much like the software process that keeps the contacts, music and photos on our phones up to date with our computers, syncing government with the governed is challenging from...

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The Tech Industry's Tea Party

(8) Comments | Posted December 7, 2010 | 10:00 AM

With the midterm elections now over, most of us are relieved to be free of the tea party media frenzy - if not the organization itself. Unfortunately, the technology industry is increasingly the setting for a similar conflict. And although they lack a name and formal organization, these provocateurs are...

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