Count what counts
Perhaps the most important guiding principle for Clue Ride is to “Count what Counts“. It’s hard to name a price for something so squishy as “building community”, or “strengthening relationships”.
Badges are one way to encourage counting what counts.
Clue Ride’s badging system is still coming together, but it’s based on Open Badges, a software system that allows defining a set of criteria and then officially recognizing when someone has met those criteria. They are being used today in the field of education, and are rapidly being adopted by other fields.
Although there are currently no standards for “counting what counts” criteria, that won’t be something that stops Clue Ride from proposing a set of criteria and (we hope) might provide something others can learn from.
Guides are the Clue Ride hosts who make sure Seekers enjoy their outing. They are experienced with the course, with leading groups on Clue Ride, and allow the group’s fun to flow unencumbered.
These are the badges earned by Guides:
- Guide App Training
- Completed Shadow Guide outings.
- Course completion for that Course.
Clue Ride’s Courses are crowd-sourced by Stewards.
These are the badges required to become a Clue Ride Steward:
- Clue Ride Steward App Training
- Clue Ride Steward Skills Training
Stewards will first install the Application which allows submitting destinations and puzzles and complete training for use of the app. Upon successful completion of supervised field tasks, the badges are awarded and a new Steward is born who can shape new courses and add to the breadth and depth of existing courses.
Families have children, parents, and grandparents. Schools have primary, secondary and universities. And games have Levels.
As your skill progresses, you achieve progressively higher levels of badges. This describes the Badge Levels awarded by Clue Ride.
||Sample (with color)
||This level demonstrates awareness. The Aware Badge is awarded upon completing reading tasks, brief visits to locations, and participating in discussions. Holders of this Badge know about engagement, but may not have fully engaged yet.
||This level demonstrates adeptness at some skill. The Adept Badge is awarded upon repeated training and upon completing the training, are able to perform skills without requiring stopping to think. Holders of this Badge are engaged.
||This level demonstrates a willingness to help others achieve skills, and also an ability to create safe spaces which foster that development. The Advocate Badge is awarded upon completing steps which build Clue Ride and the community it serves.
||This level demonstrates an ability to paint a picture of the future, lead by example, and knit together all the pieces needed to bring about that future. The Angel Badge is awarded to those who create the next <fill-in-the-blank>.
Playing the Clue Ride game primarily awards badges at the Aware (Orange) and Adept (Green) levels. The Advocate (Blue) level badges are primarily awarded for those who help build and maintain the Courses, Locations, and Puzzles for the game. Clue Ride is still young, so Angel Badges are but a canvas. Clue Ride is a bit of paint and maybe a set of brushes for painting a community’s picture.