We believe global well-being starts with education. GameChangers creates immersive, bias-free, and scalable learning experiences that inspire people of all ages to see themselves as environmental, civic, and economic innovators rather than disempowered bystanders.•For youth, we develop learning games that illuminate connections and build our collaborative capacity.
• For adults, we provide workshops and coaching that supports hands-on application of core learnings.
• For communities, we provide support and guidance to strengthen resilience, inclusion, and shared prosperity.
Our programs are aligned with educational standards related to holistic and long-term thinking, cooperative learning, social-emotional acuity, language and STEM skills.
Crystal Island Game: a digital game in which players develop economic and civic literacy while exploring different types of trade, taxation, and stewardship while vanquishing encroaching darkness.
WorldPieces Game: a role-playing board game that illustrates the often hidden effects of everyday commerce while challenging players to negotiate conflicting goals as they restore the world’s resources together.
Community Workshops: co-creating projects in communities around the world to create equitable and eco-friendly local economies.
Pod of Gold Podcast: a podcast that highlights the work of activists, practitioners, and thinkers focused on understanding and resolving global challenges like climate change.
FairyDust*: a block chain-based social currency designed to catalyze altruism and stewardship within a caring economy (in development).
Inclusion: Effective solutions to global problems require full participation. Our programs are accessible, affordable, and available to everyone, especially to people in underserved communities.
Interdependence: No living being survives in a bubble. Our programs are designed to account for the interconnected interests of all beings on earth.
Stewardship: Each of us is responsible for our role in enhancing or diminishing our common resources. GameChangers promotes a balanced perspective, emphasizing the symbiotic relationship between individual and communal prosperity.
Innovation: We believe radical transformation is necessary to reverse climate change and economic disparity. Our programs enable participants to see destructive patterns, develop holistic perspectives, and invent healthy new ways to thrive together.
Fundamentally, GameChangers is a catalyst for social innovation. We believe the successful evolution of human society will require a profound transformation of the systems and structures that shape our behavior, especially our economic structures, public policies, and means of participation.
In a world of finite and diminishing resources, systems rooted in extraction or exploitation of resources are no longer sustainable. Additionally, growing disparity prevents underserved communities from gaining access to the tools that enable social and economic success.
GameChangers not only offers new ways to think about these systems, we develop vital and practical skills in personal finance, critical thinking, collaborative problem-solving, and civic engagement. Our games are designed to transcend barriers of class, race, gender, geography, and other biases that can inhibit learning.
Finally, GameChangers seeks to explore both the risk and promise of technical advances — like blockchain, bioenergy, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence — as we endeavor to foster learning through play.
As architects, engineers, and activists, we set out to better our world – to make it more beautiful, harmonious, eco-friendly, and fair. It didn’t take long to realize that, no matter the project, the pursuit of individual and corporate success often overshadowed nobler goals.
In fact, many of the problems we sought to solve seemed directly linked to the endless race for personal wealth. Stefanie Overbeck, co-founder of GameChangers, embarked on a quest to learn why. Through years of exploration with urban planners, developers, and economists, she discovered that local communities can be designed to foster collaboration over competition, renewal instead of waste, and contribution instead of greed. In struggling to communicate the transformations she witnessed, Stefanie invented her very first learning game, PolyMoney.
Since 2015, GameChangers has grown from a single game into an organization that empowers participants and practitioners of all ages to learn about the relationship between personal action and global well-being, see patterns of cause and effect, and invent new ways to ensure long-term prosperity for people and planet.
Why Learning Games? “Games make complex learning easy and fun!”Countless organizations work tirelessly to heal our environment, overcome poverty, secure human rights, and address thousands of other vital issues. When it comes to giving, there is no wrong choice.
We also believe it’s time to focus on root causes, especially those related to the everyday behaviors so many of us take for granted. GameChangers provides a platform that empowers people to discover unhealthy patterns and transform personal and commercial practices to promote and sustain universal well-being.
What’s the payback? “A healthier, happier future for all.”We are committed to making every investment in GameChangers a win for our future. For us, that means offering easy ways for people (especially children) to develop awareness, build skills, and access the imagination necessary to create inclusive and sustainable communities.
Our products and programs are designed to inspire exploration of how society works, and also what’s missing. By highlighting the often “hidden” systemic connections between humans, resources, and nature, we create a platform for deep-rooted change. Our games require players to balance interests, account for “externalized costs,” and serve our “larger selves” as members of families, communities, cultures, and habitats.
An investment in GameChangers is a commitment to peace and prosperity for people and planet.