Today, the Librii staff playtested an interesting social impact game with a team from the World Bank. The game, EVOKE, is heading towards launch and we were some of the first people to see their latest work.
I loved the concept to take real world challenges and empower people all over the globe to come up with creative solutions to our most urgent social problems. The version we tested takes place in Soacha, Colombia and will be apart of a 16 week class by a local university.
Robert Hawkins and Nathan Verrill playtested with us today and showed us the practical uses of a project such as EVOKE. The game board itself is an overhead map of the city Soacha. The goal is to disrupt social problems (e.g. drugs, human trafficking, displaced refugees, etc...) in various neighborhoods by strategy gameplay and answering trivia on the local social issues. Each week the students will take a more in-depth view on different parts of the city. This not only brings the students to notice what’s going on in their own country but also forces them to think critically on how to solve these challenges.
-By Matthew Coleman, Librii Programs Manager