Search for Common Ground seeks beta-testers for innovative social media/video game
Over the past two years, Search for Common Ground has brought together experts from engineering, marketing, and academia with young peacebuilders from around the world. They’ve envisioned a new way to reach young people with a vision of global leadership: “Battle for Humanity” – a global, online platform where social media meets real-life video game.
A chance to belong, to act, to matter– Battle for Humanity is the first global initiative of its kind.
Combining a social media platform, mobile & web app, and real-life video game, B4H will engage youth living close to violence constructively in their community. Backed by a positive psychology framework, B4H uses the same tactics that make video games like Call of Duty and movies like the Avengers popular today. Terrorist organizations and gangs offer youth camaraderie and a chance feel powerful. Battle for Humanity will do the same, but shape leaders for tomorrow.
The first phase of the movement takes you on a real-life adventure to stop destructive conflict around them using the mobile & web app. It’s like a video game that plays out in the real world. Players receive on and offline missions and trainings while gaining points and moving up the ranks for completing positive actions in their community.
Missions are on- and off-line, ranging from sharing a video on Facebook to leaving an anonymous letter of encouragement to a bullied classmate, from hosting an online dialog session to raising awareness on gender-based violence through a street performance. Some missions are ‘multi-player’ so youth can complete them with their local squad.