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Welcome to the West Bank - New conversation. Old Conflict.

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A presentation of my concept for gamifying peace, called Welcome to the West Bank. This is a location-based game that confronts one of the world’s most impossible conflicts by putting Israelis and Palestinians in one another’s shoes.

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Welcome to the West Bank - New conversation. Old Conflict.

  1. 1. People's rights are absolute & universal, either equality or nothing! - Ronnie Barkan
  2. 2. Navit. Desert Born. Israeli. Designer. HUGE.
  3. 3. WELCOME TO THE WEST BANK New conversations. Old conflict.
  4. 4. The conflict is the Status Quo.
  5. 5. I was 17 when Israel signed a peace treaty with Jordan.
  6. 6. I was 19 when Bus 18 exploded at Jerusalem Central bus station.
  7. 7. I was 22 when the first war broke out with Gaza.
  8. 8. Creating Israel While Erasing Palestine. The Atlas Of The Conflict: Malkit Shoshan.
  9. 9. A Reality.
  10. 10. Although numbers show us that Palestinian losses are enormous in comparison with the Israeli ones, it does not suffice to simply make a comparison of that kind. The point is not to achieve an equality of losses. The point is to oppose the destruction in all of its forms in the name of a livable mode of co- habitation. -Judith Butler-
  11. 11. Weekly Report. 05-10 March, 2015
  12. 12. 6 Palestinian civilians killed 14 Wounded 127 Incursions were conducted in the West Bank 215 Palestinian civilians arrested 4Universities were raided 100Houses raided
  13. 13. Others In The Space.
  14. 14. The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights Palestinian Center for Human Rights A legal center for freedom of movement Israeli soldiers talk about the occupied territories A magazine that provides fresh, on-the-ground reporting & analysis of events in Israel & Palestine. A collective of Israeli and international photographers, who believe that photography is a vehicle for social & political change.
  15. 15. No Magical Thinking.
  16. 16. Another. Summer. War.
  17. 17. Signs of unprecedented hate on social media.
  18. 18. Cultivate respect & change the dialogue between Israelis and palestine about the conflict. The Challenge.
  19. 19. I’m Working On A Game.
  20. 20. -Katie Salen- ‘A system in which players engage in an artificial conflict, defined by rules, that results in quantifiable outcome.’
  21. 21. The Rules: 1. A Game Is A System 2. It Is Artificial 3. It Has Players 4. It Has Conflict 5. It Has Rules 6. Quantifiable Outcome
  22. 22. But My Game Is A Serious Game.
  23. 23. -Mary Flanagan- ‘Games designed for artistic, political, and social critique or intervention, in order to propose ways of understanding larger cultural issues as well as the games themselves.’
  24. 24. Case Studies That Generated Change.
  25. 25. Foldit. Creating a major breakthrough in the AIDS research field
  26. 26. RecycleBank. Gamification to incentivize recycling
  27. 27. FreeRice. Feeding the hungry by quizzing the intellect
  28. 28. SPENT. Online game about surviving poverty
  29. 29. ONE MAPS. TWO STORIES. WELCOME TO THE WEST BANK
  30. 30. Israel Palestine
  31. 31. Israel Palestine
  32. 32. Population: Mixed 272,181 Hifa Population: Palestinian 126,132 Nablus
  33. 33. Overview.
  34. 34. 1. Played on your phone. 3. Historical facts about land and its original owners. 2. A user chooses to walk in foreign city to in order to learn about the life in it. Al- Mas’udiyya Was a Palestinian viallge in the jaffa Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1947–1948 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine on December 25, 1947. It was located 5 km northeast of Jaffa, situated 1.5 km south of the al-'Awja River. The village was previously known as Summayl. WELCOME. Population: Palestinian WELCOME: A SILWAN STORY Silwan A village near the natural spring outside southeast of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem since the medieval period. It lies in East Jerusalem and became an exclusively Palestinian neighborhood after the 1948 war. Population: Palestinian
  35. 35. 5. Statistical Data visualized. WELCOME. Yotam Merav, 14 Kibbuts Zikim A testimony on rocket attack- 2015 I was at the incident in which Tzlil and Yarden were injured. We were in third grade and were playing Frisbee on the grass. I saw the Qassam in the air, flying toward us. No one knew what to do. We didn’t know whether to run or to stay where we were. We had about three or four seconds to respond and we simply began to run. “ 4. Personal stories & testimonies 6. Physical barrier such as checkpoints mapped virtually on to the map of a foreign city to visualize life their.
  36. 36. Israeli Teenagers. 14 and up. Youth movement. School curriculum. The Audience.
  37. 37. 1. Lack Of Empathy. 2. Inability To Experience Numbers. 3. Information Is Unaccessible 4. Social Media Enabling Dissemination Of Hate.
  38. 38. Lack Of Empathy & Ignorance To The Suffering Of Others. Problem 1:
  39. 39. Empathy Is the experience of understanding another person's condition from their perspective. It is making less distinct the differences between the self and the other.
  40. 40. "Precisely because a living being may die, it is necessary to care for that being so that it may live. Only under conditions in which the loss would matter does the value of the life appear. Thus, grievability is a presupposition for the life that matters" -Judith Butler-
  41. 41. Role play.
  42. 42. Silwan is home to a large and largely poor Palestinian population that is gravely underserved by state and municipal bodies. There are a total of eight elementary schools. There are zero public playgrounds. It is also inhabited by a small-but-visible Jewish settler population supported by Israeli governmental funds and services. Houses and other structures in Silwan are built without permits, because Palestinians are virtually never granted building permits You have been held 30 days in solitary confinement, and after being beaten with a chair, held taunted with a knife, forced to stay awake, and otherwise abused, you are released from prison, but your punishment continues: you are under house arrest, indefinitely, and is not allowed to go to school. You are afraid that you will miss the end of his 9th grade year. Residence: Silwan, East Jerusalem Name: Suhaib Alawar Age: 14.5 Select 3
  43. 43. You are interrogated because of a suspision of teaching boys in your village how to build Molotov Cocktails, which you deny. During the interrogation you are kept in a room that stinks of feces and rotten food. You are hit with a chair and threatened with a knife. You are also told that if you did not admit to the charges against you, that you would be "taken to an electric chair to help you." You- A Silwan Story 3 of 16 or Admit to the charges & realised home Deny you are guilty & stay for 10 days.
  44. 44. Information Is Hidden & Inaccessible Problem 2:
  45. 45. Visualizing information.
  46. 46. QuantitativeQualitative
  47. 47. First Day In A UN School In Ramallah. A report about segregated roads
  48. 48. Data To Expose Numbers.
  49. 49. The wait at this checkpoint is 2.5 hours. FIXED CHECPOINTS FLYING CHECKPOINTS AS OF 2014 AS OF 2013 WITHIN THE WEST BANK STAFFED REGULARLY IN H2 (HEBRON) 99 256 59 3317
  50. 50. Data To Tell Stories.
  51. 51. Palestinians under the age of 18 are detained in the occupied territories annually. Suhaib Alawar, 14 Read his story. 700
  52. 52. The Inability To Experience Numbers. Problem 3:
  53. 53. ‘It is always possible to listen to such numbers and set them aside, or listen to the numbers but hear something other than numbers, or listen to the numbers and let them function as numbers with no referential force.’ -Judith Butler-
  54. 54. Juxtapositioning 2 maps.
  55. 55. AUDIENCE DISTANCE REALITY Bridging The Gap.
  56. 56. Getting your location WELCOME. WELCOME. Jabotinsky 3, Tel Aviv Explore Palestinian cities Change location
  57. 57. WELCOME. Yotam Merav, 14 Kibbuts Zikim Population: Palestinian 126,132 Nablus ‫ن‬‫ا‬‫ب‬‫ل‬‫س‬ Start Walking Population: Mixed 272,181 Hifa ‫ח‬‫י‬‫פ‬‫ה‬ WELCOME. Yotam Merav, 14 Kibbuts Zikim Start Walking Hebron (H1) Population: 126,132 600 ‫ח‬‫ב‬‫ר‬‫ו‬‫ן‬ Population: Jewish Hebron (H2)
  58. 58. WELCOME. Explore Palestinian cities Change location Explore Palestinian cities 0.1 Miles left 0.4 Miles left 0.1 Miles left 0.7 Miles left Ramallah BeithLehem Jericho Jenin Mayor : Vera Baboun Mayor : Hassan Saleh Mayor : Janet Mikhail Population: 25,000 | Palestinian Population: 18,346 | Palestinian Population: 27,092 | Palestinian 12 300 Mayor : Hadem Rida Population : 260,004 | Palestinian Filter by Location Start walking Start walking 0.4 Miles left300
  59. 59. You have reached Qalandia checkpoint. The wait at this checkpoint is 2.5 hours. Kalandia is the main checkpoint between the northern West Bank and Jerusalem. The checkpoint is used by the Israeli military to control Palestinian access to East Jerusalem and Israel. You have reached Qalandia checkpoint. The wait at this checkpoint is 2.5 hours. Start now You have reached Qalandia checkpoint. The wait at this checkpoint is 2.5 hours. Wait inline Take a detour Skip & go home
  60. 60. You have reached Qalandia checkpoint. WELCOME. The wait at this checkpoint is 2.5 hours. Wait inline Take a detour Skip & go home WELCOME. WELCOME TO THE WEST BANK The West Bank checkpoint system is intended to monitor Palestinian movement by foot or by vehicles. The system isolates Palestinians from each other, separating communities and making the entry into towns and cities within the West Bank almost inaccessible.
  61. 61. WELCOME: Al- Mas’udiyya Was a Palestinian viallge in the jaffa Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1947–1948 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine on December 25, 1947. It was located 5 km northeast of Jaffa, situated 1.5 km south of the al-'Awja River. The village was previously known as Summayl. WELCOME. Population: Palestinian
  62. 62. Social Media Enabling Dissemination Of Hate. Problem 4:
  63. 63. Enabling sharing & documenting in realtime.
  64. 64. Age: 14.5 Vines from Checkpoint Kalandia vines Road 443 Huwwara Huwwara a-Za’ayem Ariel 03.12.2015
  65. 65. Muhamad Chamon 3440 loops 24m This is what my morning looked like Oramerda • 2 minuts ago Gentlemen just don't shell schools were children and women take refuge even if there are alegedly 1000 reasons to do it Jonathan Byron • 5 minutes ago Israel mass murders, and if you say something you are antisemite, shame on
  66. 66. Age: 14.5 Vines from Checkpoint Kalandia vines Road 443 Huwwara Huwwara a-Za’ayem Ariel 03.12.2015Teddy Pollak Natanya My Badges My Tasks Completed Hebron Jenin 9 3Pending
  67. 67. Change Dialogue.
  68. 68. Making Information Transparent & Digestible
  69. 69. Increasing Knowledge & Awareness
  70. 70. Transforming The Language
  71. 71. More Informed Conversation
  72. 72. EMPATHY
  73. 73. Takeaways.
  74. 74. Data Is Imperative.
  75. 75. But Data Is Also Arguable.
  76. 76. Motivation Is A Challenge.
  77. 77. Language.
  78. 78. I Would Love Your Feedback.

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