Facebook currently has over 500 million active users. 70% of those users live outside of the United States. There are currently 265 million Facebook users that play social games. (Facebook Statistics, Facebook Game Statistics)
The new question is, can Facebook’s global network of gamers be harnessed to crowdsource solutions to global issues?
Global Mind Games is launching a new Facebook game during the 2010 Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov 15-21). The new game GiG (Global Innovation Game) will center around global challenges such as world health care, sustainable energy, access to food and clean drinking water. Players post evidence based solutions to the challenged posed and the community votes on the validity of those solutions.
GiG allows players to test out strategies and potential business ventures, learn how to position ideas to a global market, and showcase their talent within the technology, social start-up, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) spaces. Much like innovation challenges and casing competitions GiG could be the next opportunity to raise visibility or clout with potential employers. Moreover, as someone who has played quite a few Facebook games, I love the idea of a new Facebook game that involves more than clicking buttons!