Making participation playful
We support the third-sector, local authorities and housing associations to create practical and accessible social games that inspire people to explore challenging issues for themselves, ignite dialogue, build empathy and stimulate practical action.
Two ways we can support you
One-off playful activities
We’ll work with you to create one-off social games that slot into your existing efforts and help build capacity in areas such as civic engagement, social action and relationship building. We take an evidence-based approach to every game we create, which ensures players take the lead in exploring issues and making change for themselves.
People-led playful programmes
We’ll work with you to create a programme of social games that motivate people to explore and act on social problems, such as isolation; bias and discrimination; or community division. To do this, we work cooperatively to convene credible partners and ensure we attract funding and support for the work. Our aim is to make lasting impact.
How social games can help
Ownership and openness
Games open up spaces and put people in the lead, igniting responsiveness to new possibilities.
Thoughtfully designed games alter and strengthen the relationships between people playing.
Games put social roles aside so people say and do what they normally wouldn’t.
Playful narratives can foster empathy, helping players understand the perspectives of others.
Experiencing other people’s perspectives in gameplay challenges negative imaginations and help to shift mindsets.
The positive benefits of playful participation can extend beyond gameplay into the real world.
Activating civic participation and community decision-making
Cove Conversations is a long-form series of games designed with a local authority to activate civic participation and foster collective ownership over local issues amongst residents.
Games we’re play-testing with communities
Playful reflection & cooperation
Race to Space is an adaptation of a familiar board game, designed to strengthen relationships between young people enrolled in a personal development programme. The game stimulates players to share life experiences, reflect on their meaning and cooperate in order to win. We’re play-testing this game right now - contact us to get involved.
Glimpse is a multiplayer card game designed for players who’ve never met to view things from each other’s perspective and find commonalities between experiences. It’s the first game in a programme of playful activities we’re developing with a housing association, to support their resident engagement activities.