Human Futures / WFSF

Human Futures / WFSF


April 2019, Conversations of the Future We Want: Gaming / An Interview with Dana Klisanin, Ph.D.

The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in 2015 as the universal call to action to end poverty and hunger, protect the planet and ensure inclusion, peace and prosperity for all by 2030. However, without active individual involvement, Agenda 2030 is not capable of delivering wide scale impact. Unders- tanding of the SDGs and actions towards achie- ving them should be integrated in everyday lives of ordinary people. We need ways to reach people in ways that speak to them and offer content in a form that allows them to engage.

In this interview we hear from DANA KLISANIN, a WFSF Board member, psychologist and futurist who has designed a game that aims to educate and empower youth around the SDGs. Continue Reading

FutureProofing / UK

FutureProofing / UK

BBC RADIO 4 / FutureProofing Podcast


Presenters Leo Johnson and Timandra Harkness discover what impact technology will have on expanding - or contracting - opportunities for different sections of society in future. In the interview, Dr. Klisanin discusses the positive potential of digital technology as a catalyst for activism and new forms of collaborative heroism.

VISAO / Portugal

VISAO / Portugal

Histórias inspiradoras do poder da Internet para começar bem o ano

By Rosa Ruela, January 1, 2019

As redes sociais também são instrumentos do bem – através delas realizam-se os últimos desejos de idosos, mobilizam-se dadores de medula óssea, encontram-se voluntários para reconstruir casas... O que vai encontrar aqui são alguns desses casos inspiradores

(Follow this link for English translation of full article.)

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Saybrook alumna uses technology and humanitarianism to introduce “consciousness hacking” to youth.

By Shamontiel L. Vaughn

Take a casual browse at the homepage of your favorite news site: celebrity gossip and deaths, political strife, tax and corruption cases, and weather alerts. Now try to find the same amount of positive news stories. Chances are pretty high that you’ll come up dry. 


With approximately 77 percent of Americans owning smartphones and breaking news dropping too quickly to follow, the average smartphone users can just point and click to as much clickbait and bad news as they want to. And judging from the “Consumer Demand for Cynical and Negative News Frames” experiment, even when Internet users are manipulated into believing a “news” test is really a vision test and claim to prefer positive news, they’re still more likely to click on downers.
But why isn’t humanitarianism just as popular as reading bad news? If people are intrigued by the world’s woes, shouldn’t those who try to solve or improve them get just as much attention? That’s something that Saybrook graduate Dr. Dana Klisanin, the creator of the upcoming digital game Cyberhero League, is trying to prove. Continue Reading

The Hero Forge

The Hero Forge

Interview with Andy Fisher, Podcast:  "For the first time on 'The Hero Forge’ I am delighted to welcome two fascinating guests onto the same call. First we have Olivia Efthimiou who is a researcher at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. Olivia has an enduring interest in the everyday heroism movement and the hunt for what she calls the ‘heroic gene’. 

My second guest is consciousness hacker, futurist, and  CEO of Evolutionary Guidance Media, Dana Klisanin. Dana’s work explores how we can use information technologies and the new media to promote human wellbeing and flourishing."  


The modern altruistic life.


Speaking of Psychology: Digital altruism and cyberheroes

Audrey Hamilton: The study of online behavior often focuses on the negative, such as cyber-bullying or cyber-attacks. But psychologist Dana Klisanin is studying the ways people are using the Internet to help others. She calls it digital altruism. I’m Audrey Hamilton and this is “Speaking of Psychology. “

Dana Klisanin studies and designs media and interactive technologies that encourage people to live consciously. Dr. Klisanin is currently investigating the impact the internet and social media have on heroism. She is the designer of an award-winning online game “The Cyberhero League.” She is also the founder and CEO of Evolutionary Guidance Media R&D, Inc. Welcome, Dr. Klisanin. 

TIME - Altruism in the Digital Age

Increasingly digital platforms are encouraging us to bring out our selfless side online.  By  Kharunya Paramaguru Dec. 02, 2013

When the Oxford Dictionary announced this month that “selfie” was its word of the year—noting that its use in the English language had increased by 17,000% in the past year—it confirmed in the minds of some that the open architecture of the web and social media has enabled us to “look like raging narcissists.” But as the number of digital platforms designed to encourage sharing, helping and giving—often with no tangible reward for users—proliferate, the web appears to be allowing our selfless, rather than selfish, side to thrive.

Read more: Altruism in the Digital Age |

BBC - Digital Human  Episode 1 of 6

Aleks Krotoski explores what technology tells us about ourselves and the age we live in. In this first programme; is the digital world allowing us to be more altruistic than ever?   So does altruism exist online? With all the stories of cyber-bullying and trolling it's very easy to forget the random acts of kindness that the technology also allows. Aleks explores some amazing stories of online altruism. But when no good deed goes unpublished and you can keep score of your goodness through 'followers', 'likes' and the accompanying boosts to ego and reputation is truly selfless altruism online an impossibility? And in the end, if good gets done does it matter?Contributors: Primatologist Frans De Waal, Psychologist Dana Kilsanin, Founder of Random acts of pizza Daniel Rodgers, YouTube DIY guru Chez Rossi

Producer: Peter McManus. 

THE FUTURIST Interviews Dana Klisanin, Creator of the Cyberhero League

Several technologies and social innovations were featured in the second Futurists: BetaLaunch (F:BL) invention expo, part of the recently-concluded WorldFuture 2012 conference Dream. Design. Develop. Deliver. (Toronto July 27-29). F:BL is a “petting zoo” where WorldFuture attendees can interact with artifacts from the future and engage with the exhibitors. Below is an interview between THE FUTURIST magazine and Dana Klisanin, CEO, Evolutionary Guidance Media R&D, Inc. and creator of the Cyberhero League, a social platform that will enable children to actively impact the welfare of people, animals, and the environment through everyday activities, and one of ten F:BL winners.


Are Online Superheroes Ready to Save the World?

PR Web, June 26, 2012, Most of the research being done about the internet is evaluating it as a threat. From cyber-warfare to cyber-bullies and cyber-crime, the internet is often seen as a kind of wild west frontier, filled with criminals. Dr. Dana Klisanin has just received a major award for young researchers by focusing on the way online culture is bringing out the best in people, and organizing them to save the world. Klisanin, who received her PhD in psychology from Saybrook University in 2003, has identified a new personality archetype emerging in the modern world: the “cyberhero.” (Click title to continue reading.)


World, Meet the Cyberhero

The New Existentialists    Benjamin Wachs,  February 17, 2012   

"We know the internet has changed the way we shop, socialize, and schedule – but how is it changing our sense of human potential. When we dream of who we might be in a networked world, what are we dreaming about? According to Dana Klisanin, Executive Director of Evolutionary Guidance Media Research & Design, society has focused on the negative sterotypes of internet users... like "cyberbullies" or addits... while a new conceptual archetype demonstrating human potential has emerged and inspired millions: the "cyberhero". (Click title to continue reading).  


An Interview with Dana Klisanin: The Hero and the Internet 

March 3, 2012, "Although the bulk of psychological research continues to focus on the negative uses of the Internet, i.e., cyberbullying and the cyberbully, the total number of people engaging in acts of digital altruism and other forms of pro-social digital activism exceeds 100 million." – Dana Klisanin

Dana Klisanin, Ph.D is the Founder and Executive Director of Evolutionary Guidance Media Research & Design, Inc., where she conducts research in the area of positive media and strategizes with corporations and non-governmental organizations interested in promoting social responsibility through media campaigns. In her recently-published paper The Hero and the Internet: Exploring the Emergence of the Cyberhero Archetype, Dana examines digital altruism, which is “altruism mediated by digital technology.” Having previously identified three distinct forms of digital altruism including (1) everyday digital altruism, (2) creative digital altruism, and (3) co-creative digital altruism, she has now turned her focus on individuals who engage in digital altruism and represent the “cyberhero archetype”. (Click title to continue reading)

Are Football Stars Really Heroes, or Just Famous?

USA TODAY, Sharon Jayson, February 2011

Millions of Americans follow their local teams, and many fans, including kids, see the players they admire as heroes. But are they really? Just because someone is a celebrity, doesn't make them a hero experts say.

Those who study heroism say there is a tendency to confuse it with fame or celebrity worship, which has sparked some researchers to take a closer look at just what makes a hero in the 21st century.

Social psychologist Scott Allison, a psychology professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia, says many become famous today due to media exposure so that "someone may say Lady Gaga is a hero and someone else may disagree."

"What happens is someone becomes famous and we hope here's a hero. We don't realize fame doesn't mean they're a great person. Being famous does not mean they're a hero," says Allison, co-author of Heroes: What They Do & Why We Need Them, published in November.. . .

. . . Dana Klisanin, a research psychologist in New York City, suggests there's an emerging "cyberhero" who takes advantage of the Internet for digital altrusim. The study she presented to the American Psychological Association in 2009, was spurred by those who are proactive online to help others, she says.

"I started to ask 'Who are the people doing this? Where would they fall in our current framework of heroism?' We traditionally think of a hero out there risking their life for someone or doing something more traditionally thought to be heroic," she says. "That's when I started looking into the background of the hero and started to formulate the theory that perhaps living in the 21st century there's a new type of hero arising."