Dances With Wikis
Joined: 16 Aug 2004
Location: Kitchener, Ontario
[PR] Gala_Teah updates
World Without Oil: One Year Ago, In The Classroom, Sweden, 01, more
Got an email from Gala Teah, which I'm sure is a massively sent email... pretty interesting
|World Without Oil: One Year Ago, In The Classroom, Sweden, 01, more
Hi everyone –
April 30 was the one-year annivversary of the launch of the World Without Oil game. As I write this, one year ago was Week 8 of the crisis, when shortages began and the center started to fold. Meanwhile, in the real world, oil was $60 a barrel and you could buy all the rice you wanted.
WWO: THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE
World Without Oil did win for Activism at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in March, and thanks to all the WWO fans who were there in the audience cheering us on. Here's a great photo of a great moment:
Plus we were nominated for a Webby Award in the Games category. The Webbys are given out by the Academy for Interactive Arts and Sciences, so it's really something to be one of their nominees. You can check out all their nominees and award-winners here in the Interactive Gallery:
WWO IN THE CLASSROOM
The WWO lesson plans are done and up on the WWO site. Here's a shortcut:
They're mirrored on the PBS Independent Lens resource pages for teachers:
Check them out - there are 10 lessons in all, and they cover the themes you remember: energy sustainability, energy policy, alternative fuels, oil dependency among nations, food security, civic order, and elasticity in our systems and lives. Mini-WWOs! Tell a teacher!
SWEDEN, NEW YORK, POINTS BEYOND
WWO is up for an award in Environmentalism at the Stockholm Challenge, so I will be in Stockholm May 18 - 22 (and in New York May 15 and 16). I'd be happy to meet up with any WWO players or fans in these places. (Meeting up with WWO fans at SXSW in Austin was one of the best parts of a pretty great trip!) Drop me a line at wwoSPLATwriterguy.com
ZERO ONE AND THE PRIX GREEN
World Without Oil has also been nominated for the Prix Green award for art at the Zero One festival in San Jose, starting June 4. So if you're counting, that's honors for Activism, Environmentalism, Art, and Games!
PLAYERS, THIS ONE'S FOR YOU
Again I must say: congratulations to you the WWO players. It's your contributions, large and small, that's propelling WWO forward. It's out there making a real difference, inspiring all sorts of new games and gamelike projects plus continuing to sound the alarm loud and clear about our oil dependence. Your words live on and continue to inspire as the heart and soul of the WWO experience.
WAS THIS NOT A GAME?
As I write this, oil is over $120 a barrel and there's serious talk of both a global recession and of starvation. On my desk I have headlines about airlines going bankrupt, gas theft on the rise, and churches organizing prayer meets to lower fuel prices. For us WWOers, it's preja-vu all over again. For more on oil and game topics, follow along at WWO LIVES:
All my best,
c/o Ken Eklund
Writerguy / WWO Guy
World Without Oil
So if you want to follow more post-game stuff, the place to be is wwolives.wordpress.com
And not WW Olives =P