Gaming and Mobile Apps for Non-Profits,
Socially Conscious Organizations
By Richard Hart
-Co-founder of Vancouver based game studio
-I've been involved in games and interactive
entertainment for over 10 years
-Flash, Unity 3D and iPhone developer
-A teacher at the British Columbia Institute of
Technology for past decade
-A psychology graduate form McMaster University
-A dad with 2 little ones who teach something new
Why Play? Isn't it just a waste of
The opposite of play is not work, it's depression!
Play is More than Fun
Dr. Stuart Brown
“Play is intensely pleasurable.
It energizes us and enlivens us.
It eases our burdens. It renews our
natural sense of optimism and
opens us up to new possibilities.”
“Play lies at the heart of creativity and innovation.
Of all the animal species, humans are the biggest players of all.”
“We are build to play and built through play. We we play we are engaged
in the purest expression of humanity.”
Why Video Games and Mobile Apps?
-Over 500 million people playing games around te world
-Over 85 million people with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
devices alone...and growing
-Over 400 million Facebook users and most of them like to
play online games.
-Over 75 million people play Zynga's FarmVille every month
-Over 3 billion games and apps have been downloaded from
Apples App store.
What Can Games and Apps Be
-Getting your message out to millions of people
-Fundraising and way to direct donations
-Letting Membership know about special promotions
-Wish list donations
-Notify users of volunteer opportunities
-Actively engage user more frequently and for longer
periods of time than more traditional methods like email
-Help raise awareness and change attitudes
-Tap into and connect with social networks
-Connect people and ideas
-Encourage people to take action and change behaviour
The Fun Theory
A site is dedicated to the thought that something as simple as
fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the
better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or for something
entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it’s change
for the better.
Gaming can make a better world
Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save
worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we
could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems?
Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.
Games for Change
Games for Health
Online Games and Simulations
There are in increasing number online games and
simulations being adopted by non-profits
These vary form simple 2D Flash games to
sophisticated online 3D games.
Interactive simulations can allow players to
experiment and play what if, enabling them to see
the consequences of there choices and actions
Why Can't These Be Fun?
Environmental Projection and Cleanup
Curing Cancer, AIDS,MS
Ending Poverty and Famine
Decarbonizing or Economies
Cradle to Cradle Design and Manufacturing
Some Great Gaming Technologies
that won't break the bank!
Great tool for 2D Fantastic tool for 3d
online games online, mac,pc and
iPhone and even
I am interested in working with passionate people and organizations
who are interested in positive social change. I am ideally looking for
opportunities to work on interesting and exciting projects related to the
environment, social change, health, kids and education.
Richard Hart – Freelance Game Developer (Flash, Unity3D,
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