Clean Tech? Sustainable Food? Green Building? Green jobs? Hawai'i? The triple bottom line? This game has it all!
Check out this video to get a sense of how the game is played.
Did you ever play Monopoly growing up? Of course, we all did. And what did you learn? That to win in life, you needed to get insanely wealthy at any cost, and run everyone else into the poor house. Times have changed, and the green economy is proving that one side winning doesn't mean another side losing. The green economy thrives on coopetition (cooperation meets competition), alliances, and bridging communities. And all those elements are incorporated into this game. After all, if you start a biofuels production company, shouldn't that help a biofuel station that someone else owns, and vice versa?
This game makes the business of green come to life in a fun, interactive way. Players are investors looking to make more than just financial returns by helping local entrepreneurs in Hawai'i develop sustainability-oriented businesses like organic farms, geothermal plants, green building companies, solar installers, and bike shops. Players are rewarded for creating green jobs, making money, and reducing Hawai'i's dependence on foreign oil, imported food, and limited landfill space, and the player with the best triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) return on their investments throughout the game wins! The game is ideal for those who are interested in sustainability as a better way to do business, and can be played by 2-6 players ages 13+.
And perhaps most importantly, people are really enjoying playing the game! Here's a preview of the board (keep in mind--just a prototype!):
Why Hawai'i? In terms of the global economy, Hawai'i is like a canary in a coal mine.
The state relies on oil for 90% of its electricity, imports 85-90% of its food, and has an economy largely dependent on tourism and the military. Service industry jobs don't provide the living wage that the state's residents need, and the high cost of energy, food, and housing leaves many people out of options.
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Here's another, longer video from our live demo a few weeks ago:
Well, that's a good trick. We had a terrific name, but unfortunately there was a conflict with an organization of similar enough name and they requested that we change the name. That was about a month ago, and we're at the moment testing a few new names. Any ideas, after watching the video, we'd love to hear it!
The game consists of a beautiful board with the map of Hawai'i, several decks of playing cards used in the game, a green business property deck of businesses you can invest in, dice, player pieces and a stack of money (fake).
Yes. We've been play-testing the game for 6 months on site (tough life, we know!), and have incorporated suggestions from several of the key figures in the sustainability and cultural movements here in the state. We try to showcase these unique cultural elements in the game so that people are also learning about Hawai'ian culture in a fun, yet respectful way.
Hawai'i makes a terrific setting for the game. The number of endemic species in the islands, the challenges faced by native Hawai'ians, and the unsustainable nature of the economy here are all key elements of why we're trying to create green jobs and sustainable economic development on the islands. We are blessed with ample sun, great climate for growing, steady tradewinds for wind energy, and geothermal reserves that rival the world's best. Yet at the same time, tourism and the military are our top two economic drivers, creating low wage jobs and transient peoples, as well as lots and lots of disposable plastics and fast food. We'd like to reverse those trends!
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