British Council: Future City Game

Tuesday, 07. 12. 2011  –  Category: Service Design

Future City Game Title

During my time with Urban Learning Space at the Lighthouse in Glasgow, the team won the contract to develop the ‘Future City Game’ with the British Council. The project was part of the Creative Cities initiative and involved bringing together creative people from a variety of sectors within a city who, through playing the game, could identify and propose solutions to existing and emerging issues.

The official stuff from their website explains a little better than me:

Future City game is a team-based process designed to create new thinking and actions to improve quality of life in cities.

The Future City Game stimulates new thinking in cities about ways to address the long-term challenges resulting from globalisation, migration, climate change, urbanisation and social needs. It encourages wider participation of organisations and individuals to make cities better, happier and more prosperous; and it creates a dialogue between the public sector and the inhabitants of the city.

The aim of the game is to generate the best idea on how to improve the quality of life either in a specific area within a city or, the city as a whole. It is played during a one- or two-day event. Players are city inhabitants from diverse backgrounds, representing various professions, genders and generations. The game is led by a trained games master. Players compete in teams to design, test and present their ideas. The games master gives players a set of tools to help them work together and develop ideas. He leads them through three stages – envisioning, testing and presenting. At the end of the game, the ideas are presented to the local stakeholders, professionals, residents, and each other. Everyone involved votes on the best ideas and thinks about how they can be taken forward in the city once the game has ended.

To date, the Future City Game has been played all across Europe, from Glasgow across Ljubljana to Moscow. The unique and innovative methodology for the Future City game was developed by the British Council and our UK partners (CLES – Centre for Local Economic Strategies; URBIS – Manchester’s Centre of Urban Life). You can find more about the Future City Game development

designs for the 'Future City' initiative

The Lighthouse was involved in the end to end development of the project, from conceptualisation, trailing and design to rollout and training.

Future City Game box

Future City Game board design

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