In partnership with UN-Habitat, Ericsson has carried out a social impact assessment of the use of Minecraft as a community participation tool in public space design in Kirtipur, Nepal.

In partnership with UN-Habitat, Ericsson has carried out a social impact assessment of the use of Minecraft as a community participation tool in public space design in Kirtipur, Nepal.

The aim of the study was twofold: First, it explored the potential of Minecraft to foster greater citizen participation in urban design and decision making. Second, it examined social impacts associated with the use of Minecraft, both at and individual and community level.

Authors

Fanny von Heland, Marcus Nyberg, Ericsson Research; Pontus Westerberg, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).

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Presented June 30, 2015, at the Future of Places conference.