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Village the Game
Social Entrepreneur Skypecast 4

Village the Game

Ok, ok, I admit it. I’m a gamer — a videogamer. So how excited did you think I would be when I found out there was a game that simulated social entrepreneurship in Africa? And you can probably hear it in my voice when I started discussing his game. I think this idea has some legs but it all depends on how big the audience is for this kind of game. In a sense, he’s a double entrepreneur, trying to test out the size of the charity sim market AND starting a gaming studio at the same time. As he reveals in his podcast, he’s taken out an equity loan on his condo so you know he’s serious.

He’s looking for a lot of funding and a lot of connections so after listening to the Skypecast see what you can do to help him out.

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This Skypecast is a recorded conversation I had via Skype with Darian Hickman, the founder of Village the Game on 12/12/2006.

I’ve finally put up an intro and outro on these podcasts. They were so naked before but now, properly clothed, I believe these podcasts just got a little bit better. I’d like to thank Marcus Baram of muckraked.com for letting me listen to his music collection, Jlew, http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/usersViewSingle.php?id=54447, for his modem sample called Dialup.mp3 at http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/samplesViewSingle.php?id=16475. An additional 3-second sample was culled from “Pick Up – Four Tet Remix” which was a remake of the song “Pick Up” by Bonobo.

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  • On 12.18.06 kanter said:


    I’ve been investigating games for social change – the group that looks examples like this! You should check them out. I also put a link to my posts on the topics and there are some great resources in delicious with 06gfc tag.

  • On 02.22.08 Training said:

    I love it when they come out with games that teach! I mean, if we’re going to be addicted we might as well be learning something, right? This game also has particular relevance to me as I will be traveling to Uganda, Africa this summer to work in orphanages and also help entrepreneurs build their small businesses. I’m really excited about it. This game will raise the awareness of real solutions to poverty in 3rd world countries. Hopefully it won’t stop there. Hopefully young adults like me will actually apply these solutions and go with organizations like HOPE or HELP International and really make a difference in this world.

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