Game Frame author Aaron Dignan is out to help apply “the power of play” and the excitement of games to other, less stimulating places – namely, school and work. It’s no secret that kids and adults alike are much more engaged when playing video games than they are when they’re doing humdrum daily tasks. So how can game dynamics be applied to our everyday lives and creative endeavors?
Jared Cohen, a former State Department employee, is the director of Google Ideas, loosely framed as Google’s “think/do tank.” Interested in the causes of radicalization, Cohen has traveled extensively in the Middle East and South America, at times interviewing terrorists, to help “foster an intellectual collision” surrounding radicalization. He brought his expertise to The 99U to help us understand how technology impacts youth identity, and how pursuing controversial ideas can work in our favor.
Just after Cohen, radio producer and writer Starlee Kine, a veteran of NPR’s This American Life, took the stage. As one attendee commented, “listening to Starlee Kine is like sitting on a couch with her.” In narrating her trials and tribulations (including a memorable phone call/songwriting lesson with Phil Collins), she spoke about finding ideas in everyday experiences and learning how to stay motivated to see them through.
At Laura Guido-Clark’s design studio, she focuses on the color, materials, and finish, working with companies like Apple, Dell, DWR to “skin” products. Guido-Clark shared her thoughts on how to “get closer to your DNA” to be true to who you really are, and hone in on the creative projects that will have the most impact.