New Learning

Perspectives in Play

Politics are boring? Board games are not.
© Lisa Kupferschmidt
There is a surprising

power in playful motivation. When it comes to understanding complex systems, it is often tempting to give up too soon. But for games, this is different – playfulness encourages role-play, exploration, and even changing one's point of view. It fosters collaboration, just like competitiveness. In this project, which was funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, the Industrial Design students at the University of Wuppertal developed a series of board games – each educating about another aspect of foreign policy.

All games can be downloaded as 'print-and-play' variants from the project website. The students also agreed to publish the source files of their projects under a Creative Commons (CC-BY-SA 4.0) license.