Serious Games challenging us to play at building a better future
Via: Blog Action 2010 WATER
Future-Making Serious Games support to Blog Action Day has now become a tradition.
In 2007 on the theme of the Environment, we saw bloggers running environmental experiments, detailing innovative ideas on creating sustainable practices, and focusing their audience's attention on organizations and companies promoting green agendas.
In 2008 on the theme of Poverty, similarly focused the blogging community's energies around discussing the wide breadth of the issue from many perspectives and identifying innovative and unexpected solutions.
In 2009, on the theme of Climate Change, we focused on Climate Change Serious Games, and also on a niche topic: Climate Change & Video Games - Why Gamers Would Be Rather Good at Fighting Climate Change and Saving the World.
Blog Action Day is an annual event that unites the world's bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day on their own blogs with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance.
First and last, the purpose of Blog Action Day is to create a discussion. bloggers are asked to take a single day out of their schedule and focus it on an important issue. By doing so on the same day, the blogging community effectively changes the conversation on the Web and focuses audiences around the globe on that issue. Out of this discussion naturally flow ideas, advice, plans, and action.
Yesterday the Blog Action Day 2010 site was unveiled, and they aim to make this year's event the largest single day of action on the web in 2010.
The topic for Blog Action Day 2010 is Water - One day. One issue. Thousands of voices.
Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us who are subject to preventable disease and even death because of something that many of us take for granted.
Access to clean water is not just a human rights issue. It’s an environmental issue. An animal welfare issue. A sustainability issue. Water is a global issue, and it affects all of us.
You don't need to be a water expert to participate — you just have to be interested in joining thousands of other bloggers from more than 100 countries in collectively raising awareness of one of the most important issues facing our world.
After all, clean water is essential for our survival, but dangerously scarce. Nearly one billion people in the world today don't have access to clean water and 42,000 people die each week from water-borne diseases. And the issue doesn't stop there — water availability impacts a wide variety of issues from the environment to women's rights and from technology to fashion. If you're unsure what to write about on October 15th, check out a list of water post suggestions to get started
Last year, Blog Action Day included influential voices ranging from the White House to former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The scale of involvement in the day was impressive, according to CNN: 10,000 bloggers around the world, reaching about 15,000,000 readers, wrote about climate change for Blog Action Day 2009.
This year, they're looking forward to an even larger group of influential voices, from celebrities to politicians, to help widen the scope of our conversation.
Register today and help kick-off Blog Action Day 2010!
How You Can Help ?
You are encouraged to write about water in the context of how it relates to the topic of your blog.
From the smallest online journals to huge online magazines, Blog Action Day is about mass participation. Anyone is free to join in on Blog Action Day and there is no limit on the number of posts, the type of posts or the direction of thoughts and opinions.
All you need to do is visit http://www.blogactionday.org/ and then:
Register - Promote - Take Action
Latest stats was: 925 Blogs registered, 77 countries, 9,569,732 readers, and increasing by the second.
Participating Blogs include, Mashable and Google, while non-profit partners include Greenpeace and Unicef.
About Blog Action Day
Blog Action Day was founded by Collis & Cyan Ta'eed in the summer of 2007.
With the support of their team at Envato in Australia as well as numerous volunteers, they recruited over 20,000 bloggers to write about the issue of Environment on October 15, 2007 - making the first Blog Action Day an immediate and quite unexpected success. In 2009, Collis & Cyan asked the team at Change.org, the world's leading blog network for social issues, to take over responsibility of Blog Action Day and expand its reach.