Games posing as human capital enablers: FoldIt and Superbetter

Every once in a while comes out with amazing stories of human capital measurement without knowing it.  This week, they featured two pieces on mass collaboration. The first is  a game called , that makes a game out of folding real proteins. It’s a collaborative game (see my screen shot below of the protein my kids and I revolved this morning with a chat window).  You get points for resolving conflicts in the protein. Recently a gaming community figured out a protein that has stymied researchers for a decade.  Listen to the piece on the radio show, you will become addicted. This is meets protein folding and education. Awesome.

The second site is in beta testing and is designed to help people recovering from trauma. Basically,  a “team up” approach to getting through a hard time.  Powerful potential – imaging if we used this to manage work too? Talk about engagement and collaboration.

Superbetter – can’t wait to see the beta.


Jeremy Shapiro is an executive in HR at a leading financial services firm, working on talent analytics. Formerly a Senior Vice President of the Hodes iQ Talent Management Suite at Bernard Hodes Group and is a co-author of the HR metrics book Ultimate Performance. Jeremy has coached hundreds of companies in recruiting and HR technology solutions across industries and sizes. Jeremy is a frequent speaker and author on HR technology topics and HR Business Intelligence topics, such as SHRM, IHRIM, the Human Capital Institute, and more. He is a frequent contributor to articles and whitepapers on HR Business Intelligence. Jeremy holds a Masters of Science in Information Systems from NYU and a B.A in Economics from Rutgers University. Specific topics of research include HR metrics, talent management technology, and next generation recruiting technologies.

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