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Eric Gordon

Engagement Game Lab
Director & Associate Professor
Eric Gordon is a researcher and game designer who investigates how games and social media can enhance civic learning and local engagement. He is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the director of the Engagement Game Lab at Emerson College, where he is an associate professor. He is the co-author of the book Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World and the author of The Urban Spectator: American Concept-cities from Kodak to Google. His game Participatory Chinatown was designed to engage people in Boston’s Chinatown in the city’s master planning process. It was named “best direct impact” game in 2011 by the organization Games for Change. More recently, his game Community PlanIt, which is a mission-based game platform for local community planning, has been played in a dozen cities in the US and Europe.