Blackstar is a research network which draws upon the expertise of affiliated organizations to address global problems. Groups affiliated with Blackstar are broadly categorised as being focussed on governance modelling, social policy research & consulting, and outreach programs.
Blackstar’s primary concern is cybernetics; the interdisciplinary study of control and communication in living beings, machines, organizations, society and other systems. Cybernetic systems can be modelled (simulated) to better understand them, and any system which can be modelled can also be understood and treated as a game.
Gamification is the process of applying game logic (e.g. points-based competition) to activities not traditionally viewed as games, and Blackstar specialises in using gamification to optimize societal and organizational systems.
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