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  • 1. RHETT BRADBURYThesis 1, Fall 2012Prof. Tom KlinkowsteinPratt Institute
  • 2. HYPOTHESIS This thesis presents the hypothesis that the aspirational gaming term, “leveling up”, meaning to acquire additional power and responsibility through the accomplishment of specific quests, may be applied to re-imagining the fostering of political leadership. Leveling up suggests heroic, almost superhuman abilities as an appropriate description of the efforts needed to resolve wicked, elusively complex, societal problems typically encountered in the political arena. In contrast to current methods of ascertaining political power, which are ambiguous and reductive, this thesis will show the ability of an activity-based progression system to foster political leadership more pragmatically and effectively.RHETT BRADBURY/////THESIS 1/////PROF. TOM KLINKOWSTEIN/////PRAT GRAD COMMD/////FALL 2012
  • 3. RHETT BRADBURY/////THESIS 1/////PROF. TOM KLINKOWSTEIN/////PRAT GRAD COMMD/////FALL 2012
  • 4. Research OutlineDesign for Good- What is designing for good?- What could designs role be in gov. and politics?New Media- What is new media?- What is new media’s rold in society?- What is new media’s role in gov. and politics?Government & Politics- What is gov. and politics?- Can the functionality of these things be improved upon?- How and why? RHETT BRADBURY/////THESIS 1/////PROF. TOM KLINKOWSTEIN/////PRAT GRAD COMMD/////FALL 2012
  • 5. “...In our society, with a free political system, you lead not by command but by persuasion. And persuasion, my uncle used to tell me, is a two-edged sword: reason and emotion. Plunge it deep.” -Donald RumsfeldRHETT BRADBURY/////THESIS 1/////PROF. TOM KLINKOWSTEIN/////PRAT GRAD COMMD/////FALL 2012
  • 6. RHETT BRADBURY/////THESIS 1/////PROF. TOM KLINKOWSTEIN/////PRAT GRAD COMMD/////FALL 2012
  • 7. SOLUTIONSRHETT BRADBURY/////THESIS 1/////PROF. TOM KLINKOWSTEIN/////PRAT GRAD COMMD/////FALL 2012
  • 8. PROBLEMRHETT BRADBURY/////THESIS 1/////PROF. TOM KLINKOWSTEIN/////PRAT GRAD COMMD/////FALL 2012
  • 9. MORE SOLUTIONSRHETT BRADBURY/////THESIS 1/////PROF. TOM KLINKOWSTEIN/////PRAT GRAD COMMD/////FALL 2012
  • 10. “...In our society, with a free political system, you lead not by command but by persuasion. And persuasion, my uncle used to tell me, is a two-edged sword: reason and emotion. Plunge it deep.” -Donald RumsfeldRHETT BRADBURY/////THESIS 1/////PROF. TOM KLINKOWSTEIN/////PRAT GRAD COMMD/////FALL 2012
  • 11. RHETT BRADBURY/////THESIS 1/////PROF. TOM KLINKOWSTEIN/////PRAT GRAD COMMD/////FALL 2012
  • 12. WHAT?RHETT BRADBURY/////THESIS 1/////PROF. TOM KLINKOWSTEIN/////PRAT GRAD COMMD/////FALL 2012
  • 13. “I study social media, which means, to a first approximation, I watch people argue.” “...If I had to pick a group that I think...is our generation’s collection of people trying to take these (social) tools and to press it into service, not for more arguments, but for better arguments, I’d pick the open-source programmers.” -Clay ShirkyRHETT BRADBURY/////THESIS 1/////PROF. TOM KLINKOWSTEIN/////PRAT GRAD COMMD/////FALL 2012
  • 14. GitHubOpen-Source ProgrammingEveryone having accessto all the source code allof the time RHETT BRADBURY/////THESIS 1/////PROF. TOM KLINKOWSTEIN/////PRAT GRAD COMMD/////FALL 2012
  • 15. “...I would love to tell you that because (open-source)tools are in place, (democratic) innovation is inevitable.But it’s not...The people experimenting with participation don’thave legislative power, and (those with) legislativepower are not experimenting with participation.”-Clay ShirkyRHETT BRADBURY/////THESIS 1/////PROF. TOM KLINKOWSTEIN/////PRAT GRAD COMMD/////FALL 2012
  • 16. “...I would love to tell you that because (open-source)tools are in place, (democratic) innovation is inevitable.But it’s not...The people experimenting with participation don’thave legislative power, and (those with) legislativepower are not experimenting with participation.”-Clay ShirkyRHETT BRADBURY/////THESIS 1/////PROF. TOM KLINKOWSTEIN/////PRAT GRAD COMMD/////FALL 2012
  • 17. PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING“Give your ideas. City Council-member Brad Lander has setaside $1 million to fund them.Your votes will decide whichprojects get funded.” RHETT BRADBURY/////THESIS 1/////PROF. TOM KLINKOWSTEIN/////PRAT GRAD COMMD/////FALL 2012
  • 18. Where does design fit in?RHETT BRADBURY/////THESIS 1/////PROF. TOM KLINKOWSTEIN/////PRAT GRAD COMMD/////FALL 2012
  • 19. OpenIDEOCrowdsourcing Social GoodAll concepts generated areshareable, remix-able andreusable by anyone. RHETT BRADBURY/////THESIS 1/////PROF. TOM KLINKOWSTEIN/////PRAT GRAD COMMD/////FALL 2012
  • 20. RHETT BRADBURY/////THESIS 1/////PROF. TOM KLINKOWSTEIN/////PRAT GRAD COMMD/////FALL 2012
  • 21. I envision a GitHub-like community of creating civic value.RHETT BRADBURY/////THESIS 1/////PROF. TOM KLINKOWSTEIN/////PRAT GRAD COMMD/////FALL 2012
  • 22. Source ListDesign for GoodDo Good Design: How Designers Can Change the World by David B. BermanCommunication Design: Principles, Methods, and Practice Jorge FrascaraDesign’s Delight Jan vanToornNew MediaThe Penguin and the Leviathan Yochai BenklerCognitive Surplus Clay ShirkyHere Comes Everybody Clay ShirkyGovernment & PoliticsDigital Media and Democracy: Tactics in Hard Times Megan Boler (Editor)Politics For Dummies Ann DeLaneyCybering Democracy: Public Space and the Internet Diana Saco RHETT BRADBURY/////THESIS 1/////PROF. TOM KLINKOWSTEIN/////PRAT GRAD COMMD/////FALL 2012
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