Do you have what it takes to be mayor of your city?

 

The Wilson Center and the BRAVA Foundation of Brazil created the serious game Cities in Play to foster civic engagement at a local level. The power of educational games is that they allow us to take complicated issues and present them in a simple but engaging format. Designed with young Brazilians in mind, the game asks each player to become mayor of a Brazilian city and balance policy goals with fiscal realities. Cities in Play challenges the player to come up with their own plan for their city, in a way that is modeled after The Fiscal Ship, the Wilson Center’s award-winning game about fiscal responsibility with the U.S. federal budget. Already slated to be used as a classroom tool in secondary schools across the state of São Paulo, this new game aims to help young Brazilians gain a better sense of the trade-offs necessary to govern and inspire them to use that knowledge to contribute to their communities.

Play the game now at: www.cidadeemjogo.org.br

Instructions and English translations of the policy options are available for download below (the game is in Portuguese).