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Health Month’s kindred spirit: Social Workout

Yesterday I learned about a site that I feel is sort of a kindred spirit to Health Month.  It’s called Social Workout, is based in NYC, and seems to be interested in a lot of the same ideas that I’m interested in.  Basically, bringing the social and game element to health-improvement and behavior-change.

Today I talked with Oliver Ryan about what he’s doing, and we were definitely on the same page about ALL of our ideas.  It’s interesting to run into a business that in many ways is a competitor, but to have nothing but good will for the success of the business.

The way I see it, the world of health + social + games is going to be huge.  Nobody has yet gained traction on the idea though.  It’s a very unique place to be.  It’s like sitting in a canoe in a small pond with a few other canoes, knowing that a glacier is melting right around the corner, and would be filling the entire valley surrounding us with gushing, clear, beautiful water.  In the meantime, we’re building bigger boats.

I’m going to be in NYC for 1 day next month and can’t wait to meet the Social Workout team.  Best of luck to you guys and let’s keep working on this fascinating problem.

Check out their site!

7 Responses to “Health Month’s kindred spirit: Social Workout”

  1. Social Workout hearts Health Month! Thanks for the kind words, and may a rising tide lift all boats!

  2. taylor parsons says:

    Hi Buster
    Check out stickk.com it is similar to Health Month and Social Workout

  3. Good luck for both Health Month and Social Workout..! Both of the teams are having a great attitude towards the others and I think it’s awesome!

  4. Hi Buster,

    I am very exited about HealthMonth too, though I’d like to see more of empowerment and solidarity effect as extra advantages of game dynamics as health decision making aids.

    It seems that Thomas Goetz and Jesse Schell are also excited about the possibilities of bringing the social and game element to health-improvement and behavior-change.

    I am looking forward to see the influence of the decision tree along with point & tracking systems games provide.

    Thomas Goetz @ Google talking about health decisition trees
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY2CegmG85U

    Jesse Schell willing to embed gaming in to our lifes.
    http://g4tv.com/videos/44277/DICE-2010-Design-Outside-the-Box-Presentation/

    Will be following Health Month ans Social Workout to see how this goes.

    All the best

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