Change Gamers

Social change through games.



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We want to do something advanced to combine the knowledge of social-entrepreneurs and the NGO-sector. To do so, we first have to identify the sweet spots and add value to develop our game.

The game format contributes to creating a shared understanding of challenges. It allows us to experiment with potential solutions in a safe, inspiring and low-key setting.

Myrthe Lanting

Change Gamers

With Change Gamers we break barriers between sectors. We envision radical change through play. There is something about games that gives us the feeling that we can achieve anything. How can we use this mindset and apply it to real life?

Social entrepreneurs have a rapid prototyping approach. They know how to deal with resilience and have creative ways of business modelling. NGO’s, on the other hand, focus on the long term and have the know-how to reach the most vulnerable. Working together more intensively and learning from each approach could lead to a bigger impact.

Change gamers offers a multi-stakeholder game where social enterprises and NGO’s learn from each other. The game travels through different themes: entrepreneurial spirit, storytelling, sharing economy and user centred approaches. The aim is to shift mindsets, to collaboratively gain a shared understanding of challenges, open dialogue and create shared commitment towards change.

Change Games merge the best of both worlds and stimulates them to learn from each other in an interactive way. The game format contributes to creating a shared understanding of challenges, because it allows to experiment with potential solutions in a safe, inspiring and low-key setting. When we play, we become the best version of ourselves! We’re inspired to collaborate, we stick to the problem, we fail and try again. In real life, when faced with obstacles, we feel overcome, overwhelmed, or cynical. Our game makes collaboration fun, purposeful, and effective.

We are currently in the research phase of the project. We have conversations with NGO’s and Social Enterprises to map their needs and develop the game according to our findings. We invite more NGO’s and Social Enterprises to join this conversation. What is it that fascinates you about the other? What do you envy? And what scares you?

 

The Change Gamers team

Myrthe Lanting
Summer Lab participant
Samantha van den Bos
Summer Lab participant
Sophie Kiesouw
Summer Lab participant

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