In 2014, UNESCO MGIEP launched its first international Gaming Challenge, inviting proposals for video games that promote peace and sustainable development. The challenge received 104 entries from 36 countries, including 32 inter-country collaborations. The final team – the Pocket Scientists from Budapest, Hungary – went through three rounds of rigorous assessment by an esteemed international panel of judges. The team is currently receiving intensive mentoring and support, and will be launching the winning game, entitled World Rescue, in August 2016.
Game based on the Inclusive Wealth Report
Inspired by the Inclusive Wealth Report, UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development in partnership with the Emergent Media Center at Champlain College have developed the Wealth Generator. The game demonstrates the theory behind the Inclusive Wealth Index (IWI), an economic approach that makes sustainable development quantifiable by measuring the social value of a country’s productive base, including two previously overlooked assets: its natural and human capital.
The Wealth Generator allows the player to discover the repercussions of their actions not only on themselves but also their future generations, and lets them learn through their failures how the most obvious route to human well-being through GDP is not always the best one.