The Village – Saving the World through MMOG

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Via the Charity Blog I came across the Village, an online massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) that immerses the player into the role of an entrepreneur building companies to bring prosperity to the villages of the Third World.

Inspired by the logic of Kiva – the micro-credit organisation that allows people to select projects they want to fund through an online database of micro-entrepreneurs – the Village aims to bring the real world of social entrepreneurship and the virtual world of online gaming closer together.

This is a good idea, but still doesn’t answer the question that has been bugging me for the last 6 months: could these two worlds – the real and the virtual – be brought even closer together, and integrated with the increasing universe of mapping tools that are being developed for non-profit organisations and NGOs?

6 responses to “The Village – Saving the World through MMOG

  1. Very interesting topic here… I hadn’t heard of this Village game before, so I’m about to dig in and find out more.

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  3. Hi there, thanks for mentioning Village the Game on your blog site! I’m the research associate and consultant for Village. I’d thought I’d drop my two cents about what we’re trying to do. Our main goal is to create a fun game that encourages people to learn while playing. At the same time, we are trying to raise awareness for existing companies that are working with local peoples to help sustain economic and social development in the developing world. Even though at the present moment we are simply developing a game, we do have greater hopes and plans for the future.

    To learn more about us, please visit our web site at You may also refer to If you have any further questions or additional concerns, feel free to shoot me an email! You may find my contact information by visiting our web site. Cheers!

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