I've been thinking about starting a small convention for those of us working with transformative tabletop games (meaning educational games, games for social good, and other games designed to make a difference in the lives of the players).
Modeled after open gaming conventions like BGG.con and the open play spaces at gaming events, the primary attraction would be open space for playing and sharing games.
There would be few formal sessions. Instead, the reason why people would come would be to play many different types of games. The transformative game overlay would encourage people to bring games that they have used in an educational or transofmative setting (even if they are recreational games). You could also bring prototypes or games you have created, and I would reach out to publishers of these games.
You would spend your days trying games that others have brought, with the goal of helping you find game ideas that you can bring back to your classrooms or workplaces.
This is an activity that runs alongside many game studies conferences, but the goal of this would be to focus on that space and to focus on tabletop game experiences. Discussions about how a game could be used in different settings would be encouraged and welcomed (as compared to frowned upon by someone who "just wants to play the game").
If you are someone who works in transformative games, I would appreciate your feedback on what you would find valuable at such an event. Focus on big picture things, like what types of activities or events would be useful, instead of things like date and location. You can post here or can send me a mail at email@example.com.