Oxford University students playing the game. Pic: The Global Academy

Game on: Workshop explores what it takes to save the world

 2 mins | By Gill Oliver
 | Network profile | Jan 25th 2020

What does it take to save the world? This key question is explored at an Oxford-based workshop, where a card game with a powerful message takes centre stage.

The event on February 4 uses role play to simulate the economic, social and geopolitical world we live in between now and 2030.

Players are challenged to negotiate with others who may have different views and objectives, towards the ultimate aim of creating a better world.

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The workshop’s game format is used to introduce players to the United Nations’ sustainable development goals, which include: No poverty; zero hunger; good health and wellbeing for people; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; reducing inequalities, sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life below water; life on land; peace, justice and strong institutions.

The event is hosted by Oxford-based community interest company The Global Academy.

Director Wendy Stone presented to the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) last spring, describing the UN’s sustainable development goals as ‘humanity’s biggest ever project’.

Some 193 countries have pledged to complete the ambitious programme by 2030.

“It’s quite a challenge and the goals are truly universal. Some of those targets will be more challenging for industrial countries like the UK, than they will be for growing economies,” Stone told the RSA audience.

“Achieving these targets in just 12 years is going to require unprecedented political, scientific and research collaboration. Everyone has to do their part – governments, universities, civil society, researchers, individuals – all of us. We all need to be a part of it,” she added.

So far, the game has been played by more than 50,000 people around the world.

The Oxford workshop is suitable for anyone aged over 11. It takes place on Tuesday, February 4, from 6pm to 9pm at Makespace, 1 Aristotle Lane, Oxford, OX2 6TP.

Tickets, including refreshments, cost £8.50-£25. For more information and to book, click here

About the Author

Gill Oliver

Gill Oliver is a professionally trained journalist who’s written for The New Statesman, The Bureau for Investigative Journalism, The Daily Mail’s business section This is Money, The Press Association, The Huffington Post plus a host of national magazines, news agencies and trade and industry journals. She’s also spent nine years reporting on the Oxfordshire business and tech scene for The Oxford Times and The Oxford Mail.

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