Assessment: Gathering Other’s Sources of Meaning, Upgrading Social Games, Small-Scale Evaluation



  • To test skill 4 we ask you to interview someone, and we make sure that the values you collected are actually values of the person, and that they were a surprise to you.



, our values-interview technique, generally takes people about 5h of practice to get good.

  • Discovery 4 (Ubiquity of Social Games) is that even situations like hanging out with your friends, talking with your parents, etc—these are actually highly structured by norms and modes of interaction that your friend group or your family your workplace knows how to do. You (and the people around you) are always playing one social game or another. When you're in company, and even when you're alone!
  • When you recognize how deeply structured social lives are, it creates a new empathy for oneself and others, and especially for mismatches between a person's values and the set of social games they know how to play.



When the student has this realization, they can often give names to the conversational games that they play with their loved one and family. Games like “Look what I did” or “indignant pile-on” or “did you know?”. They can start to see missing games that—if they were introduced in work or personal contexts—could make things much more meaningful for the people concerned.

After this shift, students see regrettable mismatches between what'd be meaningful and what social games are deployed in what spaces, everywhere they turn. And they'll see opportunities to tweak social games, to spread new rules and to make changes that make things more meaningful.

  • To evaluate realization 5 we ask for a time when you intuited or articulated someone else's value, and then helped them make something super meaningful for that person.

Design for Others Assessment

Skill 4 — Interviewing for Values

Discovery 4 — Ubiquity of Social Games


Note: Some students have made some discoveries prior to taking the course! In this case, you can “test out” of the relevant assessment.


To complete unit 3

  • you interviewed someone and found a source of meaning that that person has, that you don’t share with them.
  • you’ve come to understand the hard steps of that foreign value
  • you designed an experience of some kind that made those hard steps easier and allowed that person to live by the value of and that was meaningful