Social Simulation is a type of a multiplayer serious game with a focus on direct interaction among participants. The emphasis is put on a “serious goal”, be it message transmission, competence training, strategy development or learning. The scope of social simulations developed by Centre for Systems Solutions varies thus from training and educational contexts, business and organizational settings to social awareness-raising projects.
A special type of social simulation, a strategic simulation (policy exercise), may also be designed and applied to collaboratively diagnose, analyze and solve a specific real-life problem requiring strategic decision-making.
a wide range of data, insights and tacit knowledge.
2. Different Perspectives
7. Commitment to action
Today’s world societal, economic or environmental challenges call for innovative approach to strategic decision making that would integrate a wide range of data, insights and tacit knowledge.
Social simulations provide an accessible problem representation and bring together stakeholders with diverse backgrounds, values, tasks, and goals, offering them a unique opportunity to explore the issue from a number of perspectives.
Not restricted to any particular mode of communication, the participants engage in brainstorming, consulting or negotiating processes across diverse groups, triggering free exchange of ideas and bridging communication gaps.
By the step-by-step process of exploring variables, identifying interconnections, testing possible solutions, and observing their outcomes, the totality of the problem is revealed.
The playful nature of social simulation helps participants discover their creative potential and go off the beaten track. Abstract ideas become tangible, giving way to new original and inspiring pathways into the unknown.
In the safe environment of social simulation, participants are more inclined towards cooperation, developing empathy and mutual trust. Thus even if debates become sharpened, all voices may be heard, trade-offs negotiated, and a joint strategy adapted.
Commitment to Actions
Social simulations help stakeholders to realize their own responsibility within complex systems and understand that they have enough experience, knowledge and determination to use their newly gained insights to face real life challenges.
Areas of application
We offer a wide array of social simulations on different topics. From a board game on the role of diversity in resilience building to an online multiplayer simulation exploring social aspects of climate change. The titles that you can find here have already been used by many educators, sustainability professionals, and policy makers all around the world (see our projects).
Most of our games are free for non-commercial use, and many of them can be downloaded and printed at home/office. Click on the image to learn more about the game.
Lords of the Valley
Collaborate to safely navigate through complexity
A laboratory for practicing strategy, collaboration and leadership in a complex environment. Applied in many contexts: from improving communication between stakeholders in river basins to diagnosing dysfunctions in international organizations.
Flood Resilience Game
Identify novel policies and strategies to improve flood resilience of communities at risk
An exercise in both short- and long-term decision-making under flood risks. A starting point for mutual learning for communities and flood professionals, igniting a meaningful discussion on what works, and for whom.
Evacuation Challenge Game
Embed the sensitivity for cultural differences and disabilities in disaster response
A quick, perspective-changing exercise in bridging communication, language, and cultural barriers during emergency situations. Used and praised by both disasters professionals and people outside the field.
Cultural Memory Game
Draw from the memories of the past to secure a safer future
A youth-oriented exercise in linking the signs of past catastrophic events with disaster awareness, prevention, and preparedness. Earthquake and flood versions available. Can be customized to reflect a specific city’s situation.
Politics of sustainability in the city of burning lakes
An environment for exploring behavioral, social and institutional challenges of a sustainability transformation. Participants work on the real-world case with a universal relevance and use their knowledge and creativity to face a complex, ambiguous, and uncertain reality of modern policy making.
Workshops with our social simulations
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