Glasgow Game

The Glasgow Game is a learning game which is intended to encourage understanding of health and wellbeing in Glasgow, to promote thinking about the complexities and context of the city and to help people consider possible futures for the city. 

The game uses intelligence from Understanding Glasgow to describe health, life circumstances and inequality within the city. It has been used by many groups (planners, third sector groups and students in universities and schools) to address strategic issues affecting Glasgow and to formulate transformative responses.  

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The ‘Glasgow Game’ has been developed in collaboration with the International Futures Forum (IFF) and is in essence a version of the IFF’s World Game, created by Tony Hodgson.

The game, which typically can involve 20 – 40 participants, provides a structured way of investigating strategic questions, making use of intelligence from Understanding Glasgow and tapping into the experience and knowledge of participants. 

In 2013, the game has been used to explore several strategic questions for the city: how Glasgow can address the key challenges around drugs and alcohol; how the food environment in the city can be changed; and, how Glasgow might become a better connected city.

These case studies help illustrate how the game is played and how it can be applied to strategic issues. 

WP 20160906 10 13 18 ProThe Glasgow Game in a box is an offline 'board game' type version of the Glasgow Game, which is available on request from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health. We believe this version of the game will be particularly useful for schools and universities, but also for third sector organisations, community groups and planners. The game in the box was developed in recognition that in many circumstances it is easier to play the game offline i.e. not being dependent on an internet connection to access Understanding Glasgow. Further information on the game in a box is available here.

We are keen to develop the use of Understanding Glasgow through the Glasgow Game and would be interested in hearing from organisations with an issue that could be explored through the game. If this is of interest, please contact us.