@Stake is a role-playing and tabletop card game that fosters democracy, empathy, and creative problem solving for civic issues. Planning issues often involve conflicting interests coupled with deep resentments and community divides. Building a new highway, for example, is seldom only a question of the highway's design, but the destiny of the land, the community, and individual residents.
We were amazed at the success of @Stake in driving productive conversation at our UNDP workshop, and took it back to the Lab for further development. Since then, it's been used at many different contexts such as The Jewish Federation, youth ambassador programs for inner city planning institutions in Boston, and the United Nations in New York. Numerous expansions and customization packs have made the game robust enough to aid in processes of all types nationally and across the world. Here are some implementations of our games:
In collaboration with the Centering Healthcare Institute, we adapted an @Stake deck to facilitate a discussion about sustainability, outreach, and expansion for Centering Pregnancy groups.
In collaboration with the Participatory Budgeting Project, we played in New York City, Cambridge, and Boston to prepare budget delegates for the deliberation process of selecting potential projects for funding.
In collaboration with the Frontiers of Democracy Conference, to introduce practitioners, scholars, and activists to a tool for democratic deliberation.
Since its inception, @Stake has become one of our best tools for proving to others that games can be productive civic tools.
@Stake is dissected and explained in this Engagement Lab blog post