Jane McGonigal

How Games Can Change the World

Broe Inspire Speaker Program

Jane McGonigal, director of game research and development for the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto and New York Times bestselling author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, will speak at 8 p.m., on November 7 at Pomona College’s Bridges Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

McGonigal discusses how games build positive health assets and how they can be used as powerful tools for tackling real-world problems, such as poverty, hunger and climate change. Can a game designer win the Nobel Prize? McGonigal thinks they can -- and will.

McGonigal is a world-renowned creator of games designed to solve real problems and improve players’ real lives. She has created games for the World Bank, the New York Public Library, the American Heart Association and the International Olympics Committee. In McGonigal’s alternate reality games, players face challenges like surviving peak oil or establishing local sustainable businesses. McGonigal believes games unlock persistence, energy and a sense of purpose.

McGonigal holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in performance studies and has consulted and developed internal game workshops for more than a dozen Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies, including Intel, Nike, Disney, McDonald’s, Accenture, Microsoft and Nintendo. Before joining the Institute for the Future, she taught game design and game theory at UC Berkeley and the San Francisco Art Institute.

The Inspire Speaker Program is made possible by a gift from the Broe Family, and brings to Pomona College non-traditional thinkers and doers who will inspire the Pomona community to contemplate how they might achieve their dreams and “bear their added riches” in their chosen fields.

Event Contact

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 8:00 pm
  • Pomona College
  • Bridges Auditorium
  • 450 N. College Way
General Public
Pomona Alumni
Pomona Faculty and Staff
Pomona Families
Pomona Students
Claremont Colleges Community

Tickets are free, but required for entry.