What is ShiftRunner?
Established in 2013, Singapore-based ShiftRunner Pte. Ltd. is an entertainment and social awareness company. Its principal activities include the creation of Pandoo Nation, an innovative online virtual world for kids ages 8-12, and Pandoo Foundation, its not-for-profit sister organization that funds and leads outreach efforts in Southeast Asia, including micro-lending programs. The founders of ShiftRunner believe kids can be mobilized through game play to act on behalf of others in need, particularly children in developing countries. ShiftRunner created Pandoo Foundation as a bridge to realize its social ambitions.
What is Pandoo Nation?
Pandoo Nation is a new-genre, massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) that includes a virtual world, real-time strategy games, an innovative friending system and rescue-related fantasy quests that reward acts of honor, integrity and teamwork.
Designed to reinforce a sense of global citizenship and connectedness among children ages 8-12, Pandoo Nation rewards successful players with a unique in-game experience called a “Hero Moment,” in which a player is celebrated for specific achievements and exalted for faithfully representing the game’s core values.
The hard-won Hero Moment concludes with the player being presented an opportunity to make a difference in the real world, by directing a micro loan or other charitable contribution to a specific person or project vetted and administered through Pandoo Foundation.
What is Pandoo Foundation?
A non-profit sister organization, Pandoo Foundation drives our ambitious social agenda, reinforcing our commitment to make meaningful and measurable changes in the developing countries where we are vested, beginning in Southeast Asia.
Managed by the founders of ShiftRunner and Pandoo Nation, its mission is to challenge, celebrate and assist a new generation of young people to put their values and evolving world view into action, to actively participate in improving the lives of others.
On its own, and with carefully chosen partners, Pandoo Foundation funds and operates development programs in the areas of financial inclusion, education, and health and sanitation. Kids help in this process through game-play missions.
The ethos and ambition of Pandoo Foundation are re-created in the online virtual world, Pandoo Nation, which introduces social concepts to children in a fun way that engages them. The game provides, among other things, a unique “Hero Moment,” in which successful players can choose to contribute to real world projects. Pandoo Foundation provides a “feedback loop” from the field, including stories, video, pictures and updates about families who have received assistance.
Pandoo Foundation is funded primarily from Pandoo Nation subscription revenue. For every membership dollar spent in Pandoo Nation, 20 cents goes directly to Pandoo Foundation or to Pandoo Foundation field partners.
In that way, our organization is unique: It is kid-sponsored, kid-focused and kid-friendly. With Pandoo Nation and Pandoo Foundation, kids change the world one mission at a time.