Is it MAKING the game — or is it the GAME?

Nancy White asked a key/provocative question in the discussion section of the Poll on our wikispace.  Nancy asked: “Is it ‘making’ the game that is important? Or is it the ‘game’?

My theory is = its MAKING the game.  Thru the very process of making the game together, we learn.  Then, when we finally end up with a game other people can play — it must retain that player/learner-made feature that made it valuable in the first place.  So the GAME will ALWAYS be MAKING the game together.

Then she posted on her blog about the nuanced differences between team collaboration, community collaboration, and network collaboration.  By the time we get to “network” collaboration, everything we thought we knew about working together gets busted wide open:

Network collaboration starts in individual action and self interest and accrues to the network. Membership and timelines are open and unbounded. There are no explicit roles. Members most likely do not know all the other members. Power is distributed. This form of collaboration has been busted wide open with the advent of new online tools, a response to the overwhelming volume of information we are creating and number of people we can connect with. The tools both expose us to possibility, remind us of the overwhelming volume and offer us ways to share the task of coping with that volume.

So.  Some of us who make the elearning game together to solve the mystery of social enterprise profitability will BE nonprofit social entrepreneurs, some will understand nonprofits and social entrepreneurship.  Others will understand game-making and games for learning.  And NOT vice-versa.  And then, sort of intersecting both, folks who understand nonprofits and are working to engage nonprofits with web2.0 tools.

Can we collaborate to bring in what each of us knows and combine to make something powerful?  Can we keep that combination going, even after we make and release our first “version” of the game?  Can we change the way good things get done in our world?


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