Course: Gamification & Game Theory for Making Change


Today I went to one of the most inspiring courses. It only went on for 1.5 hours, but my mind couldn’t stop having tons of ideas every few minutes of how I could put the new knowledge into action.

Leyla Acaroglu is an impressive person. She is contagiously open and you feel like you are with a friend within seconds. Which makes learning and coming up with ideas in a small group feel like a game night/day. All that was missing were snacks.

Key facts I took home:

  • the brain is a fascinating organ.
  • when we understand how the brain works, how we are learn as of childhood and how the brain rewards itself, then we know how to use that and pack knowledge into games
  • use optimism to engage people.
  • Gamification is the application of game-design elements and game principles in non-game contexts (wikipedia)
  • Game theory =  Economist theory
  • I have to research on cognitive bias!

Leyla also creates games, like the “Game Changer”:


Leyla’s company ‘Disrupt Design’ makes these super entertaining games. Get them here!

“Game Changer Game is a fun creative thinking game played in small to large groups. Designed to help generate unique, game-changing communication and campaign ideas that creatively address social and environmental issues in educative and professional setting.”

She also is a TED Talker. Funnily enough, her topic is about environmentalism and consumer behaviour – exactly  what I am focusing on.


Thank you for a great Course, Leyla!  If you want to find out more about her go here:

Disruptive Design – Game and Book Shop

Leyla Acaroglu’s Homepage


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