Decision-making Challenge

Participants are responsible to optimise the performance of their unit in an organisation. Will you manage to get tasks accomplished, deal with tension, handle conflicts, spend your budget wisely and satisfy staff?

How do you play the game? 
The game participants (24 people ideally) are divided into two times six groups. There are two game boards. Each game board represents an organization and on each board there are six teams representing fictitious departments or business units within that organization. The game starts with a short introduction followed by 10 rounds of the game. Each round consists of two parts: the decision time and the central time. Rounds 3, 6 and 8 also contain a third part: negotiation time. The players need to develop the performance of their department by making decisions (so that tasks get done) and by building their communication infrastructure. When the game has ended, it is followed by a debrief that ties together and reflects upon the lessons from the game.

The world is becoming increasingly complex and this calls for appropriate tools on how to deal with the world’s commons. The Decision-making Challenge aims to provide players with insights into the dynamics at play and to stimulate reflection on collaboration between different players with different interests and perspectives. The Decision-making Challenge is a variation on the Perspectivity Climate Challenge, which is based on the tragedy of the commons and complexity theory. Rather than dealing with a global social issue, the Decision-making Challenge focuses on issues inside the organisation or company, allowing players to deal with issues they face when working with others on the day-to-day level.

What do you learn?
What lessons do you remember best? Textbook texts or those where you experienced a problem yourself and had to think hard about it? The Perspectivity Challenge creates a lesson from experience in the social dynamics of complex issues. Each challenge puts its players in the shoes of key decision makers.

During the challenges, participants will face the issues that our world leaders are all too familiar with: growth spurts, limited resources, international negotiations, downturns and conflicts. They experience the impact of the choices of individuals as well as of groups make. The Perspectivity Challenge triggers a unique learning experience that will leave the participants with an improved understanding of how a sustainable future could materialise.

Fun facts

  • The game was created because of repeated requests that Perspectivity would create a game that could be played inside organisations and that focuses on workplace dynamics.
  • After playing, players often note the similarities they see between the dynamics in the game and those in their own department, “that is totally what happens in the HR department” or “this is so similar to how my colleagues and I work together in our team”.


Who should play?
Everyone. It could be particularly interested for NGOs, business people, law enforcement services, insurers and financial institutions.

How many players?
The ideal number is 24 or higher multiples of 12, but different numbers are possible.

How long does it take?
Approximately 2.5 hours (this includes a good debrief)

In which languages it is available?
The Climate Challenge is currently available in English and Dutch. The game is easily translatable and versions in different languages can be provided upon request.

More info? 

  • Contact us
  • Eager to play? Keep an eye on our agenda for upcoming Open Game sessions