Play the City: City Expansion Game Training

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Explore urban expansion challenge through an interactive gaming method.

Learn about the city expansion through the Play the City method. We welcome teams that have a serious interest in the new urban development challenge of urban expansion. In an interactive, multi-actor environment you can test your ideas, build a strategy to test design and finance for new city development rules with your peers.

Are you an investor, project developer, city official or a non-profit organization? Would you like to know how the city of Almere used city gaming to test the Do-it-Yourself Master Plan in Oosterwold?

City gaming is a working method that allows participants to collaborate, learn and experiment in a realistic yet safe environment. This method allows experts to step outside their usual environment to think freely about ideas and scenarios that might help develop an integrated approach to new city development.

There are no prescriptive scenarios or solutions. The game training serves players who, with their real-life expertise and experience, create scenarios based on tested policies. Then they assess their decision with and against other players. It is fast-paced and competitive, yet there are no winners and losers — everyone learns!

In this training, we present the City Expansion Game - a game designed to be played by stakeholders involved in developing empty urban land, localized for the future development of Oosterwold in Almere. To trigger creative partnerships, players take on game roles, which include politicians, city officials, designers, private investors, and developer. Game materials introduce ideas and innovations from around the world on decentralized clean technologies for flows of people, food, water and energy.

By learning about this method, you will:

*Enhance effective decision-making

*Learn from real world cases while networking with professionals from diverse sectors

*Learn how to adapt to and take action in multidisciplinary environments

*Elaborate on the new role of government, companies and communities

*Learn about your own negotiation skills, how they are perceived by other professionals and how you can improve them

If your team is interested in playing with another team from a particular stakeholder group, we can engage actors from municipalities, city-networks, universities, companies and citizen groups to test-play with your team for more diverse knowledge-exchange.

You may choose to book:

Demo session - lasts 1.5 hours

Full training session - lasts 3 hours

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