Game-example: The World’s Future
The game is an interactive role-playing simulation game which enables players to face the great challenges of our time: How can we use limited resources to achieve the goals? Is it possible to meet competing needs without trade-offs? Can food production provide for all without negative effects on essential natural ecosystems? How can we increase our efforts in climate change mitigation, while at the same time generating enough energy for all? And what role do we – consumers, producers, governments and NGOs – play in the implementation of the goals?
Learners can shape the future of this micro-world and improve the wellbeing of the planet and its inhabitants. Dive into the role of a consumer, an energy or food producer, a federal government or an organization of civil society and strive for the global goals together.
Game-example: DisCoord – The Disaster Coordination game
DisCoord is a strategy and role-playing game in which each of the five players embodies a local leader, called Local Chairperson 3 (LC3) in Uganda. Each player manages a Sub-County which is composed of 15 villages. Together the five Sub-Counties form a District, which therefore has to be managed jointly by the 5 players. As a Sub-County leader, a player must ensure that the population is satisfied or happy with his/her leadership. Since population is growing, floods and landslides frequently occur, and money is in permanent short supply. The players need to discuss and interact with each other as policies need to be proposed and enacted at district level through a majority vote.
The strength of the game lies in its strong connection with the daily reality of farmer communities in Uganda, as well as in its combination of fixed game rules with random features and sufficient flexibility for players to define their own course of action. Players quickly get along with the game rules and can therefore start experimenting different strategies during the game. Different gameplays may lead to very different outcomes at the end of the game. While the game can be played without facilitator by players that are used to board games (and reading game rules), the presence of a facilitator is recommended if the game is being played with policy makers in Sub-Saharan Africa.