What are the SDGs?
The SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, are 17 goals and 169 targets set to achieve by the year 2030 to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Achieving the SDGs requires the partnership of governments, private sector, civil society and citizens alike to make sure we leave a better planet for future generations.
What is the 2030 SDGs game?
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 50,000 participants over the last two years. 2030 SDGs Game events are held in corporate, governmental, educational, and community settings.
Why make it a game?
The SDGs are ambitious and can seem overwhelming, simply due to their volume and scope. While dramatic in their potential impact on the world, approaching them can be daunting.
How to play?
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.
A game approach has three powerful advantages:
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.