Category: Opinion

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5 Steps to a Happier Life with Gamification

Ok, this sounds a little “self helpy”, but it came to me when I was doing a lecture for a group of Masters students at Kings College recently. I ended the talk, rather by accident, with the following advice “Always be sure you know why you are doing things, understand...

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Are You Building a Solution Looking for a Problem?

One of the big issues I see in gamification and many young industries is the issue of building a solution for problems that don’t really exist! “We are using a gamified solution to increase engagement”. “Awesome, why?” “Um, because it will increase engagement…” “Cool, but why, what problem have you identified...

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Do Things Just Because They Amuse You

Anyone who knows me, knows that I often do stuff simply because it amuses me. A good example of that is the title of my book, Even Ninja Monkeys Like to Play. I went through dozens of iterations whilst trying to come up with a name. In the book there...

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Being Kind When Discussing Gamification

I talk to people about gamification quite a lot! The conversation usually starts with a little curiosity, then some scepticism and if I have done well, enthusiasm. One thing that happens in probably 9 out of 10 conversations is a little section I like to call “No, it’s not about...

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The Dislike Button – I was wrong

A long time ago, I wrote a short bit on why I wanted to be able to dislike comments on Facebook (and anywhere else for that matter). In my mind (at the time) I was trying to put across the point that we live in a world where we are...

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Generation Y all the Fuss?

There is a lot of noise about Generation Y or Millennial’s, those born after 1982. They are seen as some kind of strange new evolution of the species, the saviours of our universe. One of the key things that is spoken about when they are mentioned is that they grew...

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Self Preservation – Advice I give my daughters

Many years ago I was looking at starting up a self defence class (I was teaching JuJitsu at the time). This document was based on conversations with people who had been attacked and reading up on the topic at the time. I never did anything with it, but now that...

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How do you deal with being wrong?

Not really a gamification related post today, though it could pertain to the gamification community! It happens to us all at some point. Someone says something, you see something, read something, hear something – whatever – but it shakes the foundations of something you knew in your hear was correct....