In Case You’re Wondering Why I’m in Geneva…

So it just occurred to me that many people had no idea what exactly I was going to Geneva to do, and now that I’m coming to the end of my residency, I actually have something to show off :)

For the past 2 and a half weeks, we’ve been working on our web coding abilities, video production skills, and pedagogical understanding of the impact of games and simulations on education. The ultimate goal is to change the world….but the more realistic goal is to create an application or project that will begin to connect learners from around the world, and either engage them through awareness or activism.

The project my partner and I are putting together is tentatively titled “Act Now”, and I thought the “pitch video” was worth showing with everyone. Sorry for the tiny size, but I hope you enjoy it.

Bear in mind this is just the pitch video, and the website itself is being developed as I type this, by my partner Kira and myself. We think we’ve really hit on something great, and we’re going to be presenting this as a potential partnership to WFUNA (World Federation of United Nations Associations).

Piggie in Suisse

After too many hours aboard 3 different planes, piggie and I were ready to explore what will be our home for the next 3 weeks. We’re staying at the John Knox Center in Geneva (a conference/retreat center nestled in among embassies and other international organization headquarters), and when I tell you that it has a “campy” feeling to it, I’m not exaggerating. Yes, we’re staying in what appears to be a concrete bunker, but the surrounding countryside is gorgeous! That, and we’ve got one of the most walkable, and picturesque, cities in Europe just a 5 minute bus ride away. So far I can vouch for both the scenery and the strawberry ice cream here in Geneva, but piggie is all about the chocolate flake cereal. Take a look for yourself.