Gamechanging: harness the power of games and play


Are you involved in changemaking, run a social enterprise, ethical business, charity or non-profit?

How would you like to…

  • Engage more authentically with your clients or stakeholders
  • Raise your profile
  • Build and strengthen your relationships with new and existing clients or stakeholders
  • Improve fundraising or sales
  • Manage risk and increase the effectiveness of your work

People around the globe are using games and play to do these things better, and now you can too! In a recent JWTIntelligence report experts from around the world showed how games and play can give organisations a powerful competitive advantage by encouraging creativity and innovation, fostering cooperation, generating capacity for intimacy, strengthening trust, increasing a sense of community and building more meaningful connections.

In this two day hands on workshop, award-winning game designer Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie will show you how to integrate the power of games and play into your work in an effective and ethical way.

This unique workshop mixes case studies with a hands on approach where you will actually learn about how to use games for changemaking and engagement through direct experience. You will become a game designer by working with a team to create your own prototype (the fancy word game designers use to describe an early version of a game).

At the end of the workshop, you will have the tools to start implementing what you have learned right away!

Workshop features

  • Extremely limited class size
  • Take home workshop notes
  • Hands on, direct learning
  • Leave with a game prototype that you helped to create
  • Delicious and healthy, organic lunch and morning/afternoon tea provided (with vegan and GF options!)

Your instructor: Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie

professional kate croppedNamed one Australia and New Zealand’s most influential women in games by MCV, Kate is an award-winning game and game designer/producer, social media researcher and professional educator with over 12 years of experience, including nearly 6 years teaching at the university level. Throughout her career, Kate has worked exclusively with social enterprise, government, educational institutions, non-profits, charities. She has created a wide variety of games and playful experiences that have been featured around the world, including Indiecade (San Francisco), Come Out and Play (New York), the National Theatre (London) Playpublik (Berlin) and Fresh Air (Melbourne). In 2013, Kate created Playup Perth, Western Australia’s first playtesting forum for new indie games on any platform (video game, tabletop, pervasive/mixed reality), which she now runs in partnership with FTI. Kate’s been invited to speak and share her work at top international industry events, including SXSW, TEDxPerth and Freeplay and has been featured on MTV, the ABC and in ELLE magazine. Kate is a graduate of the CFC Media Lab Interactive Art and Entertainment Program (Canada) and holds a PhD from Curtin University (Australia), where she is also an Adjunct Research Fellow. Kate is a Professional Member of the Institute for Learning Professionals, a Certified Living Smart Facilitator and a Speaker Coach for TEDxPerth.

Kate speaking about the power of games at TEDxPerth

Select praise for Kate

I’ve come back into the office reinvigorated, energised and full of potential ideas on how we can incorporate what was shared this morning into our programs.

It is rare to be able to actually practice the complete set of skills taught in a workshop, during the workshop itself. I think that helps people to have the confidence to go ahead use the skills themselves.

The workshop was very effective at teaching how to naturally incorporate a strategic, ethical approach to games making.

[The workshop] was full of fun, excitement, play and ideas… It up skilled a few of our more senior staff who were less familiar with game principles, but are now more confident in applying game design methods to online learning and engagement.

Kate has the rare traits of a being sharp sighted and supportive person. She has a knack for turning challenges into opportunities, finding silver linings through her playful and forward thinking outlook….she is just a fun and inspirational person to be around!

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