Barry Joseph of Global Kids talks about “Playing 4 Peace” at Nonprofit Commons March 23

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For this Friday’s Nonprofit Commons meeting , we welcome back our friends from Global Kids to talk about a new youth game design contest called: the “Playing 4 Peace” Challenge. Between now and April 30, youth around the country are being challenged to design games promoting peace and the end of war. Learn about Global Kids involvement with serious games and how their teens conceived of this new challenge. Global Kids’ director of the Online Leadership Program Barry Joseph will be our featured speaker. Read his hilarious bio after the agenda!

Also we will get some knowledge from our Mentors Team and get updates on the world of technology for nonprofits from

Join us at the Plush Nonprofit Commons amphitheater from 8:30am PT. See you then!





March 23, 2012, 8:30am PST

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater


  • 8:30am Introductions
  • 8:40am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45am Mentors Central
  • 8:55am Global Kids on “Playing 4 Peace” Game Design Challenge
  • 9:25am OpenMic/ Announcements



About Barry Joseph of Global Kids

Four months after Barry Joseph was born, humans first walked on the moon. Three months later, the Internet was born. The first brought us closer to the universe while the second brought us closer to each other. Barry has been pursuing the latter ever since.

People have said many things about Barry. Oprah Winfrey once picked Barry out of a crowd (her audience, in fact) and introduced him as a man who “made a good point,” which he has been repeating ever since (the anecdote, not the point). He has been lauded as “a high-energy, engaging, successful social network nexus and entrepreneur” (unfortunately, in response to a rejected grant proposal) and, most recently, as “witty, a computer nerd, a giver, a role model, and an individual above all else” (within his high school’s alumni magazine, which has an obvious conflict of interest).

Barry is perhaps best defined by his work, which since the invention of the Web has explored the many ways this and other digital mediums can be used to address significant personal and social issues. Barry has directed the Online Leadership Program at Global Kids, Inc. since 2000, helping youth to acquire leadership skills and engage in efforts to address global issues through the production of digital media. Global Kids puts youth voices on both a local and global stage: youth-led online dialogues, video games as a form of youth media, the application of social networks for social good, the educational potential of virtual worlds like Second Life, the educational application of mobile phones and alternative assessments models, and more. At all times, Barry and Global Kids seek to combine youth leadership development and engagement with high-profile digital media projects that support 21st Century Skills and New Media Literacy development.

Written by: rikomatic