At the WPO conference on May 6, 2017, the keynote speaker was Jane McGonigal
The Engagement Economy. She is from game and research development for Institute of the Future.
When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience — and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life
Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how
Her talk this morning was about gaming and its use in the workforce. Although many employees use company resources to play games, gaming itself benefits all since there is a part of the brain that fires up and keeps it active and engaged. It develops super empowered, hopeful individuals.
She concludes that the opposite of work is not play, but depression.
The challenge for employers is to take these people and make them empowered at work.
She said that Pokemon Go energized players and when applied to a business context teaches us that:
There are, “On demand chances to succeed”
That nothing is scarce (there is plenty to go around)Therefore, there is a built in collaboration radar.
And the hope that there is always something around the corner (that is fun and exciting).
“Scientifically, happiness is a choice,” Achor says. He explains that research has shown you can rewire your brain to make yourself happy by practicing simple happiness exercises every day for three weeks.
He says you can rewire your brain to make yourself happy by practicing simple happiness exercises.
And within 30 days, those habits change the neuropath ways of our brains and turn us into lifelong optimists.
Gratitude Exercises. Write down three things you’re grateful for that occurred over the last 24 hours. They don’t have to be profound. It could be a really good cup of coffee or the warmth of a sunny day.
The Doubler. Take one positive experience from the past 24 hours and spend two minutes writing down every detail about that experience. As you remember it, your brain labels it as meaningful and deepens the imprint.
The Fun Fifteen. Do 15 minutes of a fun cardio activity, like gardening or walking the dog, every day. The effects of daily cardio can be as effective as taking an antidepressant.
Meditation. Every day take two minutes to stop whatever you’re doing and concentrate on breathing. Even a short mindful break can result in a calmer, happier you.
Conscious act of kindness. At the start of every day, send a short email or text praising someone you know. Our brains become addicted to feeling good by making others feel good.
Deepen Social Connections. Spend time with family and friends. Our social connections are one of the best predictors for success and health, and even life expectancy.
It has been a while since I wrote. Last week I was at the Annual Women Presidents Organization annual conference and was once again blown away at the energy this conference generates in its members.
I met people from at least 8 countries and shared experiences, let some random cartoonist do a caricature of me, threw on some silly accessories and posed with Ed and Juli Betwee, our Chapter Chair, and even danced.
There were some great key note addresses:
Three excellent key note speakers: I particularly liked Shawn Achor on the Happiness Advantage and the youngest keynote speaker Maya Penn. It is worth a listen:
The Engagement Economy: Jane McGonigal from game and research development for Institute of the Future.