2030 SDGs Game

Sun, December 9, 2018

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT

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The 2030 SDGs Game is a multiplayer, in-person, card-based game that simulates taking the “real world” into the year 2030. Designed in Japan in 2016, this experience has become a powerful and impactful social phenomenon in Japan, earning extensive media coverage and reaching over 15,000 participants last year. 2030 SDGs Game events are held in corporate, governmental, educational, and community settings, and now has over 200 trained facilitators in a rapidly growing community within Japan. Now, due to a growing demand to bring the game to the rest of the world, we have created an English edition and are beginning to introduce it to a wider audience overseas. The game is designed to be played with anywhere from 5 to 50 players. The game sees participants working together and in groups to explore how the world can achieve your group’s sustainability goals. The Creative Question : Will you create a prosperous, equitable and sustainable world by 2030? The whole experience takes 2 ½ hours including playing and reflection.


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda 2030 addresses the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.

Agenda 2030 is the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all and we have less than 12 years left to achieve the targets.

The SDGs are ambitious and can seem overwhelming, simply due to their volume and scope. While dramatic in their potential impact on the world, approaching them can be daunting.

In order to achieve these collective targets we need to find new ways of educating, simplifying and synthesizing the Global Goals, news ways of partnering to achieve them and new ways for harnessing our collective talents and intelligence toward the task.

The 2030 SDGs Game is one way to educate and inspire new ways of thinking and partnerships for achieving the Goals.

A game approach has three powerful advantages:

  1. It gives people a direct experience of participating in co-creating a sustainable world (“I can do it”; “what I do makes a difference.”)
  2. It simplifies and makes accessible an extremely complex issue to a level that allows people to begin to understand, while stimulating our natural curiosity to learn more.
  3. It activates players’ natural instincts to set their aim toward a worthy goal, simultaneously building confidence and making it enjoyable, while inspiring and motivating players to take action in the real world.

Consider : what else could you do in one morning, that will make a lasting change in your sense of what is possible and to understand the best potential areas for you to make an impact?

You will also have the opportunity to network and explore partnerships with a community of change-makers who are seriously tackling global and local challenges and making measurable progress in respect of the Global Goals.


This is an innovative, unique and highly collaborative approach to real world issues. Participants experience a change in perspective. Most players finish the game feeling excited, connected, and ready to take action on the big issues of our world. Players often ask, “What can I do next to make a difference?” While players do finish the game with an understanding of the goals, targets, and the various ways the world can achieve these - the change in attitude and worldview is the most significant effect. Where a significant portion of a community or organisation plays this game, the effect is culture change.


This 2030 SDGs Game is hosted during the three (3) day Global Challenges Retreat by U-Solve in partnership with A Fairer Society. The Global Challenges Retreat brings together a select group of impact entrepreneurs from all over the world serious about driving measurable progress in respect of the Global Goals.

The game was made by Imacocollabo, a company that focuses on international collaboration. The workshop will be facilitated by Nathaniel Whitestone and supported by Peter Burke. Nathaniel has 35 years' experience of facilitating immersive simulation games and is the first UK-resident facilitator. Peter and Nathaniel are co-founders of A Fairer Society.


You can. Anyone, whether working in or running a business, living in the community, politician, in the third sector who is interested in sustainability, thinking about the world in 2030 and looking for avenues to create impact, is welcome.

This is a particularly useful exercise for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) managers or budget holders looking to learn more about the SDGs and for inspiration and new ways to align their CSR spending toward SDG progress and to create measurable impact.

Please view the following clip for more information on the game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aKgVVBdf2M or visit the SDGs Game website.


There are opportunities for you to stay for a networking lunch and keynote address after the SDG Game simulation and even to get a VIP Pass to stay for the entire day where you work with experts to craft your own unique path to contribution in respect of the SDGs along with our select group of social innovators from all over the world. To learn more see the different ticketing options and/or contact Diana Popescu at diana@u-solve.org

Our Keynote Speaker : Michael Green CEO, Social Progress Imperative - see links to his Ted Talks below.

To learn more about the Global Challenges Retreat and how you can become a part of a select group of social entrepreneurs and innovators taking on global challenges and making measurable SDG impact - visit www.globalchallengesretreat.org and/or contact us at globalchallenges@u-solve.org

Event Location

Oxford Saïd Business School, Egrove ParkKennington Road, Kennington, OX1 5NY, United Kingdom