“ China is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, which means that there's lots of building going on there. Here in the West, we mostly hear about the glitzy projects done by big international firms to attract interest and investment. (Think Zaha Hadid's Galaxy SOHO or OMA's CCTV Headquarters.) Even the two main venues of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing—the National Stadium and the National Aquatics Center—were designed by foreigners: the Swiss Herzog & de Meuron and the Australian PTW Architects, respectively. But China has its own architects, too, and they're doing really interesting, if more obscure, work. There's Studio Pei-Zhu, a young firm whose elegant, sinuous buildings aim to connect contemporary urban China to...”
Can certain video games teach kids social-emotional learning skills?
Now more than ever, the value of empathy is being recognized in our efforts to understand others across cultural and geographical divides. On this blog, we’ve covered the role of empathy in schools, parenting, society, and business. But this benevolent trend has now manifested itself even in the world of video games.
Real Lives is a simulation game developed by Bob Runyan and Ashoka FellowParag Mankeekar that allows players to inhabit the lives of individuals around the world. This game enables us to perceive the world through the eyes of another person within a context that is considerably different from our own and to undergo experiences that this individual is likely to have within his or her social setting, based on statistically accurate realities and events.
1. Individual – If you have participated in an activity (organized or casual) that helped you meet and interact with people from another part of the world, teaching you about their culture and allowing you to share yours, we invite you to enter photographs as an individual.
2. Organization – If your organization runs programs to promote cultural exchange between U.S. citizens and the rest of the world, either internationally or locally, we invite you to enter photographs as an organization.
1. Individuals and organizations are allowed to enter a maximum of five photographs each.
2. This contest is open to individuals and organizations that are based in the United States.
3. All entries must be original.
4. Photos must be digital, high resolution, and submitted in .jpeg format.
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