Gaming the negotiations - Settlers of a Green Future to launch at Rio+20

Gaming the negotiations – Settlers of a Green Future to launch at Rio+20

Can games help us understand the complexity of environmental negotiations?  We – José Medinamora (MEM ’13), Soojin Kim (MEM ’12), and myself – have adapted the popular game, The Settlers of Catan, to explore this very question.  Our game – Settlers of a Green Future – introduces the trade-offs between individual goals and the greater good. Using real-world sustainable development policy and action proposals that are being discussed here at the Rio+20 Earth Summit, this game helps participants understand the diversity and range of options available that can help nations achieve a green future.

We will be holding a workshop from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm on June 19 in Room 537 at the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), Praia de Botafogo to launch the game. Participants will be the first in the world to play the game, so if you’re interested in having fun while learning, please email us at greenfuturesettlers@gmail.com to sign up!

Check out Yale University’s Office of Public Affairs official press release for the game.