Bridges to the Future

The gamification of work

Episode Summary

Games developer and writer, Adrian Hon, believes creeping gamification in our workplace, our schools, even our government, is increasingly being used as a way to profit from and coerce us. Adrian joins Matthew to explain why, in a tech-driven world, we often have no choice but to play - and why losing can incur heavy penalties.

Episode Notes

In this thought-provoking interview series from the RSA, Matthew Taylor, puts a range of leading thinkers on the spot - from writers to business leaders, politicians to journalists - by asking for big ideas to help build effective bridges to our new future. 

Games developer and writer, Adrian Hon, believes creeping gamification in our workplace, our schools, even our government, is increasingly being used as a way to profit from and coerce us. Adrian joins Matthew to explain why, in a tech-driven world, we often have no choice but to play - and why losing can incur heavy penalties. 

Adrian Hon is the CEO and founder of Six to Start, co-creator of the world’s most successful smartphone fitness game, Zombies, Run! Other games Adrian has designed, like We Tell Stories, have won awards including Best of Show at SXSW and been displayed at MOMA and the Design Museum. Adrian's latest books is, 'You've Been Played: How Corporations, Governments and Schools Use Games to Control Us All'. 

A Tempo & Talker production for the RSA. 

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