The University of Hertfordshire have just launched a great online Festival of Ideas. There’s lots of amazing and wonderful content focusing around how the arts and sciences can help to tackle Covid-19, and thoughts about how the world will change post-virus.

I have contributed a talk about the making of a free online computer game that encourages social distancing. The game was created with Martin Jacob and can be played here.  The game received lots of media coverage, made the BBC national news and went viral. We have now had over 75,000 people play it and the feedback has been amazing!

6 comments

  1. Well, I was looking forward to playing my own subversive version of this game (see how many people you can get close to) but it crashed my server.

  2. A bit off topic, but I’ve often wondered why the English use the plural in situations in which Americans would use the singular. In particular, you wrote, “The University of Hertfordshire have” whereas I would have written, “The University of Hertfordshire has”. Do you have an explanation for this?

    Thanks.

  3. Hi Richard, thanks for all your news and the cool stuff.

    I sent a request via your website but not sure if it arrived, So apologies if this stream is not the correct one. I have a new online course to equip the under 25’s with life skills to better navigate the work place and to cope with the pressures and build self-confidence and resilience. Your colour changing card trick video is just brilliant to reinforce a few points in the course. I would love to use it but wanted to do the right thing and ask permission. I’m am happy to reference you and link back to your site and/or any other places you would like.

    Thanks again and keep up your inspirational work.

    Kind regards, Bruce Bowen

    From: Richard Wiseman Reply to: Richard Wiseman Date: Sunday, 28 June 2020 at 7:41 pm To: Subject: [New post] Festival of Ideas

    Richard Wiseman posted: “The University of Hertfordshire have just launched a great online Festival of Ideas. There’s lots of amazing and wonderful content focusing around how the arts and sciences can help to tackle Covid-19, and thoughts about how the world will change post-vir”

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