In Montreal, some of the most innovative minds in video game development arebuilding the learning tools of the future. “Empathy gaming," an immersive form ofgaming where players step into the shoes of video game characters, forces playersto confront real human issues, such as bullying, alcoholism and depression. MinorityMedia is one of the Montreal-based companies leading the charge in this burgeoninggenre of video games.
Renata Flores is a 16-year-old singer from Peru who is using her voice to save an ancient language. Though Quechua is the second-most spoken language in Peru, native speakers have suffered from discrimination and social stigma for generations, and today, many young people aren’t learning the language at all. But with her popular covers of pop songs by Michael Jackson and Alicia Keys in Quechua, Flores is sparking a renewed celebration of her native language and culture.
John McCain (not that one) is a professional diver who cares deeply about the health of the ocean. Last year, he channeled his love for the aquatic world into a fishing competition. A contradiction? Hardly. McCain competed to catch lionfish, an invasive species wreaking havoc in the Atlantic Ocean.