Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Game changers for change agents?

Time 9.30 - 13.15 and 14.30 - 17.00
Place Hybrid: University of Bern (Mittelstrasse 43, Bern, Room 216) and online
Organizers

Centre for Development and Environment and IGS North-South

Covid 19 protection concept

For physical participation, participants must have a valid COVID certificate.

Programme and registration
Expert inputs and gaming experience. For details see below


Progress in sustainable development does not only rely on more and better systems knowledge, but additionally requires scientific and societal investment in transformative social learning processes.

Games and gamification are becoming a prominent tool to create tangible learning experiences for complex systems dynamics. The potential of games for students – so-called change agents – to actively engage in sustainability debates and eventually spur engagement for transformation is increasingly being discussed.

Against this backdrop, CDE is organizing a one-day event “Game changers for change agents? Gamification as a pathway to transformation knowledge”. The course offers a learning space to reflect on games, their contribution to transformative learning and as pathways to sustainability transformation. By way of combining expert inputs and actually diving into a gaming experience, we will discuss potentials and challenges of games as an approach to translating complex scientific results into an intelligible format of actionable transformation knowledge.

Please note that parts of the programme are offered in a hybrid format to allow both, online and physical participation.

Programme

9.30–10.00 Welcome and Introduction (online and physical participation possible)
10.00–11.30 Input Prof. Arjen E. J. Wals, Wageningen University, Netherlands: Conditions that support learning processes to enable sustainability transformations, followed by a Q&A session (online and physical participation possible)
11.45–13.15 Input Dr. Piotr Magnuszewski, Centre for Systems Solutions, Poland: Gamification and simulation in the context of sustainability transformations, followed by a Q&A session (online and physical participation possible)
14.30–17.00 Playing and reflecting on the Laos Coffee Game (physical participation only)

It is possible to participate only in selected sessions of the event.

Registration

To manage online or physical participation effectively, we kindly ask for your registration for the event or selected sessions.

For registration, please email to yarin.shmerling@unibe.ch with the indication of the session(s) in which you would like to participate and whether you plan to participate online or physically. For your online participation, we will send you a link.

Please note that participation in the game is only possible physically. For physical participation, participants must have a valid COVID certificate.