Global Hunger Games

Hunger Games - World Food Programme.

The Hunger Games portrays a grim future in which the "bottom 99 percent" must ration its food to reduce the chance that its children will be sent as "tributes" to compete in a game to the death.

But: "What if, together, we can identify thousands of new paths out of poverty around the world in just 48 hours?"

Imagine thousands of Katniss Everdeen-inspired avatars battling hunger -- for real.

[Beginning April 3] the Rockefeller Foundation and the Institute for the Future (IFTF) will join forces with people across the globe and ask them to help solve global poverty through an interactive online game. The game, dubbed Catalysts for Change, is based on the premise that collaboration on a global scale can yield unique insights into ways to create a more prosperous, equitable future. These insights will trigger innovations that will make a significant difference in the lives of poor or vulnerable communities. The game can be played online at

This is one online game I really want my own children to play! Release the avatars!

A version of this article was published at Dean's Corner at ScienceBlogs.