- Jordan Sheffield
- Santa Cruz, CA
- United States
What prize would give game winners a sense of empowerment?
Dear Beautiful Minds,
This idea will soon be a tangible reality, but first it needs refining. Here she blows: prizes (at carnivals and theme parks specifically) are asking to be revolutionized. Stuffed animals sewn and stuffed overseas are expensive, environmentally disastrous and accumulating in some abyss (maybe thrift stores). But thats not my main concern. I love our earth, but I love the people on it more, and I want the best for them. Games are healthy to a certain extent, but the prizes are unhealthy. Especially unhealthy for a young mind calibrating its happiness-o-meter, success-gage, or valuable-things-in-life sensor. Im afraid stuffed animal rewards create an illusion, a distraction, from what game players really want. Even though fluffiness stimulates many smiles at the Boardwalk, people of every age are craving something deeper, something less tangible. I'm talking about involvement and control. "Toddlers squeal with delight when they knock over a stack of blocks, push a ball, or squash a cupcake...why? Because they did it, thats why. Look mom, my hand made that happen". But don't be fooled, its not just toddlers. "Being effective-changing things, influencing things, making things happen-is one of the fundamental needs with which human brains seem to be naturally endowed, and much of our behavior from infancy onward is simply an expression of this penchant for control".Regardless of the prize, knocking over those 3 wimpy mild bottles is satisfying a deep lust for impact, lets keep that theme of impact rolling when we create a new prize.
To get to the point, we [humans] can do ourselves a favor by intentionally inducing situations that allow us to easily make an impact! By impact I refer to an action that benefits someone or something other than oneself. Some ideas I've heard: a creative art piece that grows as costumers contribute, or handprints on the background wall, or plants. Something that leaves the winner saying "Yeah! I did that"...