You are here: Start
The Stanford Prison Experiment is one of the most infamous research experiments that has ever been done in peace time. Stanford professor Philip “Phil" Zimbardo assigned students to be guards and prisoners in a fictitious jail. What you may already know is how the relationship between students serving in the roles of prison guards and prisoners deteriorated within a few days into the experiment to such a degree, that Phil had to stop it. The students role-playing the guards had started to display authoritarian behaviors towards the students role-playing the prisoners and after a few days several students had nervous breakdowns.
What may be unknown to you is that the two dozen students were selected from over 70 applicants. They mostly were from wealthier backgrounds, well educated, and displayed anti–authoritarian behaviors. Don’t forget that this was the middle of the hippie and peace-movement and those students were part of it.
Given that it is even more astonishing how the students had developed attitudes and behaviors that dehumanized the situation for the “prisoners” within a few days. By giving power and insignia of power such as uniforms and titles to the guards, the researchers were forced to prematurely stop the experiment.
In real life we easily blame one side or the other for being bad, evil or sadistic. But that’s a too easy way out. In fact, not that the students aimed at turning into evil creatures, it was the framework that nudged them to display behaviors and attitudes that led to the downhills development of the situation.
Innovation and Attitude
When we consider innovation and why it is so hard for many companies, we can take some cues from this experiment. Behaviors are a result of how the framework was set up. Selecting the wrong titles, roles, or guidelines dooms an innovative environment in your organization. Let me give you an example from Brazil:
The SAP HCP Gamification Service will be publicly available at SAPPHIRE (May 2015). You will then be able to try out the new gamification platform as service in your SAP HANA Cloud Platform Trial account. The service comes with a web-based gamification workbench for modelling game mechanics and arbitrary complex rules. The underlying gamification engine is designed for real-time processing of sophisticated gamification concepts, e.g. involving time constraints and cooperation.
Since the service relies on SAP HANA Cloud Platform it comes with built-in runtime game analytics for continuous improvement of game designs. The integration into your application works simply via Web APIs. Comprehensive code examples will demonstrate how to integrate your application, including the implementation of widgets based on SAP UI5 for the representation of your achievements. The SAP Cloud Identity Service allows you to support Single-Sign-On (SSO).
If you are looking for a gamification platform with enterprise-level security and performance and would like to get more insights on the SAP HCP Gamification Service approach us by filling out this form. Click here to fill out.
My new online course on Parenting with Gamification is now available.
Parenting is one of the most demanding yet fulfilling experiences one can have. From a baby, a toddler, a first grader, to a teenager, parents are constantly kept on their feet to raise good and happy children.
With gamification, combining research from game design, behavior science, and motivational theories, learners get access to a powerful tool that makes parenting playful and fun, yet very effective. Children raised in such ways will become more empowered, socially apt, confident, and empathic.
This course will walk learners through the science behind children's reactions and motivations, showcase many practical examples, introduce tools that parents can apply for different situation in their interaction with children of any age.
This course is for parents, educators, and caretakers, who want to apply a scientific, yet fun way of empowering children. Learners should show curiosity for new methods for upbringing, have empathy for children, and be willing to question their own conventional wisdom.
At the end of the course parents will have a tool set that allows to empower their children in a fun and effective way.
While Silicon Valley creates new billion dollar companies every year, Europe lags behind. What are the approaches on innovation, creativity, and new ideas in Europe and Silicon Valley that lead to these drastic differences? This slide deck examines 17 differences compiled from countless discussions with startup founders, investors, corporate people, and my experience of living in both Europe and Silicon Valley for many years.