Food Challenge

The food challenge deals with the question of how we can sustainably feed a growing world population. Should you invest in intensive or organic farms? Do we protect our own market or compete on a world level? Can we make sure everyone has enough to eat and prevent obesity?

How do you play the game? 
The game participants are divided into two times six groups. There are two game boards. Each game board represents the world with all its fertile lands. Each team represents a country. The game starts with a short introduction of the rules. The game starts in the year 1950 and each round that is played counts for 10 years. The global population grows over the years and so does the demand for food. Players can build farms to grow the food and feed their population. The goal of the game is to get the highest revenue at the end of the game. When the rounds are done, the game is finished with 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 Food 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 Food Challenge is a variation to the Perspectivity Climate Challenge, which is based on the tragedy of the commons and complexity theory. The Food Challenge has slightly changed and added dynamics.

The Food Challenge is based upon the Climate Challenge but is slightly more complicated because of an additional game dynamic.

What will 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 global food demand numbers used in the game are based on the actual numbers in those years.
  • The game was created when a bunch of Perspectivity game leaders were having drinks and snacks together in a café in the Vondelpark in Amsterdam and were discussing global issues.

Game details

Who should play this game?
Everyone can play this game. It can be particularly interesting for aid workers, NGOs, policy makers and farmers.

How many people can play this game?
The ideal number is 24 or higher multiples of 12, but different numbers are possible.

How long does this game take?
Approximately 2.5 hours (including a good debrief)

In which languages is the game available?
English and Dutch. The game can easily be translated and upon request versions in other languages can be arranged.

More info?

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