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Risk Horizon

2015 - 2016

Project Leads

Eric Gordon
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Problem Space

The global preconception of risk management is that it is a cost that is not always affordable, especially in developing countries. The World Bank's Report on Risk Management and the learning module built around it reframes risk management as a tool for healthy development.

Proposed Intervention

Players use the risk management tools of knowledge, protection, and insurance to guide the development of an alien world and survive increasingly powerful comet strikes. Risk Horizon was played during the MOOC's second week, which covered the most important tenets of risk management. The game's design goals were to reinforce these concepts and let users understand them in an experiential way while remaining accessible to a wide audience with a variety of learning styles.

Social Impact

More than 5,000 government employees from around the world played the game as part of a MOOC offered by the World Bank. Players were generally enthusiastic about the experience, describing it as the most memorable component of the course.

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