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Eric Gordon is a researcher and game designer who investigates how games and social media can enhance civic learning and local engagement. He is the director of the Engagement Game Lab and an associate professor in the department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College. He is the co-author (with Adriana de Souza e Silva) of the book Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World (2011) and the author of the Urban Spectator: American Concept-cities from Kodak to Google (2010).

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 Boston to inform policy in the Boston Public Schools and in Detroit to inform the city’s master plan. It will be expanded to Philadelphia and other cities in the coming year.

While at the Berkman Center, Eric will study the impact of game-based learning on local civic engagement and explore how new technologies can enhance citizenship and collective efficacy.


Apr 7, 2015

Digitally Connected: Global Perspectives on Youth and Digital Media

An ebook presenting diverse views, experiences, and insights on key challenges and opportunities

“Digitally Connected: Global Perspectives on Youth and Digital Media,” is a first-of-its kind collection of essays that offers reflections from diverse perspectives on youth…


Engagement Lab

How do we make smart cities civic?

An open toolkit that helps make smart cities work for everyone

Oct 23, 2018


Mar 5, 2013 @ 12:30 PM

Beyond Participation: Transforming Local Civic Engagement Through an Online Game

Eric Gordon, Berkman Center Fellow

This talk explores the unique affordances of Community PlanIt for building social trust, engaging youth in civic life, and developing shared local narratives.

Jan 30, 2013 @ 6:00 PM

Is School Enough?

A screening & conversation about youth and informal learning with digital media.

IS SCHOOL ENOUGH? While policy-makers and educational experts try to determine the best “system” for delivering a world-class education to tens of millions of students across the…