Real Life Avatars and the Application of Gaming Lessons to the Physical World
Jane McGonigal is my new hero! She's working in the area of virtual yoga to take lessons-learned about happiness from the gaming domain and apply them to physical life. Her brilliant Top Secret Dance-Off project, for instance, allows people to experience their physical body as an avatar and enjoy the kind of of liberating self-expression that many only know in virtual form.
I can't wait to see what she comes up with next, including a forthcoming book. For now, here's a recent presentation, plus the video I stumbled across that introduced me to her work.