The World’s Future

A sustainable development goals game

The World’s Future Game

A sustainable development goals game

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What is the WORLD’S FUTURE Game?

In 2015, the global community set 17 major targets for the year 2030 – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and secure prosperity for all.

The WORLD’S FUTURE 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?

What is the WORLD’S FUTURE Game?

In 2015, the global community set 17 major targets for the year 2030 – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and secure prosperity for all.

The WORLD’S FUTURE 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?

You 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.

Will you be able to make the best of your team’s collective intelligence to create a sustainable, clean and fair future?

The World's Future

You 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.

Will you be able to make the best of your team’s collective intelligence to create a sustainable, clean and fair future?

Each player takes on a unique role in the complex global landscape. Each role allows specific decisions, requires responsibility, offers space to develop creative strategies and to cooperate with other participants. The game thus not only simulates the complexity of the global system but also triggers new ideas which can affect the real world.

Are you ready to face these challenges and become a global changemaker?

The World's Future

Each player takes on a unique role in the complex global landscape. Each role allows specific decisions, requires responsibility, offers space to develop creative strategies and to cooperate with other participants. The game thus not only simulates the complexity of the global system but also triggers new ideas which can affect the real world.

Are you ready to face these challenges and become a global changemaker?

Benefits

Confront the challenges of achieving the global goals and develop competencies to do so

Confront the challenges of achieving the global goals and develop competencies to do so

Identify interdependencies of actions in pursuit of the goals across policies, regions and time

Identify interdependencies of actions in pursuit of the goals across policies, regions and time

Explore various strategies on the way to a sustainable future

Explore various strategies on the way to a sustainable future

Learn how to promote and integrate technological and social innovations to achieve the goals

Learn how to promote and integrate technological and social innovations to achieve the goals

Recognize negotiating patterns and develop skills for effective communication and collaboration

Recognize negotiating patterns and develop skills for effective communication and collaboration

Realise what contribution you can make to reach the global goals

Realise what contribution you can make to reach the global goals

What participants say

  • “The Nexus Game is a good visual way to see the nexus dynamics in practice, especially the trade-offs that one has to make at times.”

  • “Even if the link between water-food-energy is simple in this game, you can see how these nexus elements interact. You can see how uncertainty of natural processes influences the result of your decisions. Group dynamics can vary a lot between two groups and between 2 games, and is an important (maybe the most important) part of arriving at decision.”

  • “The game really brings out the importance of balancing different facets across the different sectors of water, energy and agriculture to improve development in general. I think that interconnectedness was an excellent take-home message.”

  • “Thanks to the Nexus Game I’ve learned about cross-sector decision-making processes and how water, energy, food, ecosystems, climate change are intricately linked.”

Technical details

<strong>5 - 6 hours </strong>

5 - 6 hours

<strong>11 - 44 players</strong>

11 - 44 players

<strong>4 big tables</strong>

4 big tables

You can

Invite us to run a game workshop for you.

Take Part in the training for moderators and order a set of the game (it’s not ready for self-print yet)

Contact us







The World’s Future Game is developed and run by the International Institute for Applied System Analysis (Systems Thinking for Transformation – a IIASA exploratory project) and the Centre for Systems Solutions (CRS).