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The plunge

Barry Colman invited a firestorm when he announced that the NBR would stop publishing all its content online for free, and instead would save some of its material for paid subscribers. A week later, how’s he doing?

Innovation isn’t just a commercial buzzword. It can transform our schools, hospitals, public spaces, transport, workplaces and our leisure time. And now New Zealand has its own organisation dedicated to encouraging new thinking to transform Kiwi society.

Author of ‘Design for Community, The Art of Connecting Real People in Virtual Places’, Powazek is an alumnus of HotWired, Blogger and Technorati and he wondered why despite the wisdom of the crowds (Google “James Surowieck”), community generated content tends to be somewhat *low brow* results …

McGonigal is a game researcher at the institute for the future. Her ethos is that in game-design the human experience is perfectly optimized—we feel we have purpose, we feel we are collaborating and we feel we have a meaning. Why then are other aspects of our online (and for that mater offline) experience not fulfilling all these needs?