The 2030 SDGs Game is a multiplayer, in-person, card-based game that simulates taking the “real world” into the year 2030.
Designed in Japan in 2016, this experience has become a powerful and impactful social phenomenon in Japan, earning extensive media coverage and reaching over 100,000 participants.
The 2030 SDGs Game events are held in corporate, governmental, educational, and community settings. We currently have over 600 certified facilitators in Japan and around 50 globally.
Why make it a game?
It gives people a direct experience of participating in co-creating a sustainable world (“I can do it”; “what I do makes a difference.”)
It simplifies and makes accessible an extremely complex issue to a level that allows people to begin to understand, while stimulating our natural curiosity to learn more.
It activates players’ natural instincts to set their aim toward a worthy goal, simultaneously building confidence and making it enjoyable, while inspiring and motivating players to take action in the real world.
How to play: An overview
The rules are simple: Players use money and time to achieve their goals by the end of the game. What kind of goals are there?
One player might have the goal of Acquiring Wealth; for these players, money is the most important thing. For others, the most important thing might be to Enjoy Leisure, to have the freedom to relax or to spend time doing what they want. Others may want to end poverty, or to protect the environment. Just like in the real world, in this world there are diverse people with different values.
This means that each project that the participants run will have an impact on the world, and the world of 2030 will be affected accordingly.
Hack your Box
From creating your own “box”, or the perceptions that you have built yourself over time, you can then let go of things that you think are suitable about yourself but actually do not work. You can then build a set of new beliefs and ways of thinking by looking into ways that you could improve in, and break down those that may hinder your progress of one’s self.
⟶ Building the better box can give a lot of benefits for you
Think more about improving yourself;
Imagine more things that can actually solve a problem in the world;
Reduce negative thoughts that lead to negative impacts;
Create positive thoughts that lead to positive actions;
Become more progressive in your physical, mental, and social actions; and
Explore of ways to creating your own path to sustainable development.
⟶ By the end of the online session, you will have more ideas about old self-beliefs that limit your potential, and build into new strengths and actions. In the age of searching for the new normal, you too can build a bigger and better “box” by literally thinking outside the old one.