Anyone know of great examples of civic games that have enhanced things like community engagement, citizen science, or policy-making?


(Becky Michelson) #1

Hi Everyone,
I’m aware of a few great examples of games that have been played in a civic context but am always looking to expand my knowledge about similar projects. Please share any games (or playful process) you have heard of that have had an impact on community engagement and policymaking.

Thank you!
Becky (The Engagement Lab @ Emerson College)


(Greg Bloom) #2

I really liked Coopoly, and I read about (but haven’t been able to find) Commonopoly.

Molly McLeod, who designed Coopoly, is terrific and probably has other great pointers.

Noel Hidalgo helped developed a card game for the NYC 3-1-1 platform that I think is a really cool way to explore civic data structure.


(Aline Alonso) #3

There was a very nice conference about this topic in the Netherlands in April.
You can find some good references on their website: http://www.gamesforcities.com/challenges/conference/


(Tim Bonnemann) #4

Metro Vancouver offered a board game (in the broadest sense) as part of a consultation process a few years ago.

Here’s a photo I took at a demonstration session at the IAP2 2009 conference in San Diego, CA:

Not sure what/if any additional information is still available online.


(Tim Bonnemann) #5

Check out Josh Lerner’s book “Making Democracy Fun”:

https://mitpress.mit.edu/demofun


(Augusto Herrmann) #6

I think most people already know about Datopolis. But, in case some don’t, it is a board & card game about city open data. Links:

The game is also CC-BY-SA licensed, so it can be adapted and improved upon.