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Leave no one Behind- 2030 SDGs Game

"Leave no one behind" is often used in military and it is also the essence of UNSDGs. Adopted in 2015 by 193 member states, the clock is now ticking for us to reach the 17 global goals. The 2030 SDGs Game was created in 2016 ad it has been played by over 300,000 people all over the world. On November 25, we hosted a small cozy game with likeminded people from different industry to explore how each one of us can be a starting point to make more positive impact to the world.

The SDG-game is a in-person, card based game developed by Imacocolab, simulating the development of the SDG in real life until 2030. This game advances the awareness to achieve the SDGs (sustainable development goals), 17 goals, 169 targets and 232 indicators to ensure the prosperity as a development agenda on the environment, environment, and society. Accelerating the change towards the goals requires collaboration between multiple stakeholders; governments, citizens, society, businesses to fulfill the present needs without compromising the future.

Super fun to see people of different backgrounds connect and collaborate. Interesting to see young people having their strategies so clear. ~ Kinga Drożyńska, founding member of NGO Seed-to-Stem

The game reflects real life, where players all have a personal goal, starting with limited time, money, and projects. Similarly to real life, players have complete freedom in the game, where they can donate or trade any resources. After completing the projects, players receive accomplishment, a new project, as well as changes to the social indicators.

Initially, people were all inclined to our own personal goals only, commonly observed that people were attempting to hide their goals, being selfish to maximize their personal benefit. A question that emerged in the player's minds was “Why do I need to contribute to society?”, where the player's actions are all contributing only towards their interest. But then, only a few players achieved their goal, and the society was imbalanced, with the society left unrest, and the environment overexploited with extreme weathers.

At the instance when players reflected on their situation, simply pursuing their own goals would be unable to achieve the world that you want to live in. On a personal level, an ideal world is where players want to enjoy the accomplishment gained. Players start to consider the world’s resources as a whole, standing up for everyone to get together and share their resources with each other to accomplish their personal and social goals. Players interact with each other, donating each other's resources, sharing their goals, and collaborating to conduct projects to fulfill the society’s goal. Collaborating with each other enhances the impact, working together and gathering all the resources to support each other's action to initiate a change. Just like real life, it is significant to be conscious about how actions would impact and interconnect with the environment and society. Leadership is also a significant role, bringing everyone to unite and implement the changes in the society.

Wonderful and quite unique way to understand how SDG goals can be achieved. Collaboration is key to achieve SDG goals. This is an engaging, interesting and meaningful game even for grown ups. ~ Priyanka Sanchania, founder of Risk & Money channel

Reflection processes in the game are significant, similar to real life, when we pause and have a look at the impact by our actions to our personal interest, our society, environment, and the economy is also what we should consider for ourselves as for responsibility of consumption. It allows us to inspect and fulfill our personal goal in a more efficient and sustainable way.

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