Weekday Squib: Gandhigiri – The Game

A computer game that teaches the use of non-violent conflict to achieve democracy and human rights

The editorial staff of this blog (and their families) never quite caught the computer games bug (except for that short, intense fling with Civilization III). But here’s a game that caught our attention:

Source: nonviolent-conflict.orgCan a computer game help people learn how to defeat dictators, military occupiers, and corrupt rulers–not with laser rays and AK47s–but with a non-military strategy and nonviolent weapons?

Such a game is now available: A Force More Powerful – the Game of Nonviolent Strategy is the first and only interactive teaching tool in the field of nonviolent conflict. Developed by The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), media firm York Zimmerman Inc. and game designers at BreakAway Ltd., the game is built on nonviolent strategies and tactics used successfully in conflicts around the world.

Featuring ten scenarios inspired by history, A Force More Powerful simulates nonviolent struggles to win freedom and secure human rights against dictators, occupiers, colonizers, and corrupt regimes, as well as campaigns for political and human rights for minorities and women. The game models real-world experience, allowing players to devise strategies, apply tactics and see the results. [A Force More Powerful]

The accompanying website and its promoters have additional resources on how to use Gandhian-style strategies to achieve political objectives. Nice game, but it does appear that someone really wants to teach this stuff.

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