Serious Games Initiative Receives Support from the Lounsbery Foundation

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Anonymous Sep 09, 2003 at 19:33

Washington, D.C. - The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars announced today that it has received a grant from the Richard Lounsbery Foundation to support its Serious Games Initiative.

"This is great news for the initiative and the people supporting the wider application of games, game technology, and game development skills to public policy challenges," said David Rejeski, a project director at the Wilson Center who manages the initiative. "Over the last eighteen months the Serious Games Initiative has explored ways to apply games to the management challenges faced in key sectors such as health care and public education. With these generous funds, we can expand our efforts and build on the rapidly growing interest in our work."

The Serious Games Initiative is a collaboration between the Center’s Project on Foresight and Governance and Digitalmill, a game industry and development consulting firm based in Portland, Maine. The Initiative has been working to forge productive links between the video game industry and the world of public policy and to facilitate the application of computer games to management and leadership challenges facing the public sector.

Funding from the Lounsbery Foundation will be used to support two Serious Games workshops in Washington, D.C., a bi-weekly newsletter on Serious Games, and the Initiative’s website at: www.seriousgames.org.

David Abshire, President of the Lounsbery Foundation, remarked that, “The foundation views this grant as a means to stimulate the application of leading-edge technologies and talent to the evermore complex challenges facing today’s leaders.” “The next generation of public sector managers will view computer games as their tools of the trade,” added Lee H. Hamilton, President of the Wilson Center. “We need to accelerate the acceptance and wider use of computer-based games and training tools throughout the public sector.”

Media who would like to learn more about the Serious Games Initiative, or attend upcoming events, should contact Director of Outreach and Communications Sharon McCarter at 202-691-4016.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds and engaged in the study of national and world affairs.

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