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It Takes A Village

by Simone Robertson | Oct 8, 2019 | in Ideas In Motion
Incubator/Trial
Open Ideas/S1 - Sep-Nov 2019

UPDATE: 24.04.20

The innovation team would continue to support the idea into the research of defining markets and to establish a delivered manufacture costing. The Idea Development grant would remain open to a future request for funding once research is completed and a market direction has been established.

 

Take a moment to imagine an environment wildly different to yours. Limited access to the resources we take for granted…things like water, health care and education. This is the reality for many individuals and communities across the world.

Many of us Salvos are familiar with the annual International Self Denial Appeal where we sacrificially give One Weeks Salary on Missionary Sunday. The funds raised go to Community Development Projects and Mission Support (Evangelism Projects) across the world in developing countries. Yet not many people have a strong understanding of the work that SAID contributes to and strives for with our partnering territories.

The idea behind developing the game It Takes A Village is to give us a feeling of what it’s like simply trying to survive. In the game, each player is in charge of a family attempting to survive each day and ultimately send their children to school. It is a co-operative game as well as challenging each individual in their decision making to feed and provide for their family.

It aims to emulate the decisions and realities of international development, and highlights the complexities of the work that SAID is involved with and we want to be able to involve others in this.

We would like to develop ItTakes A Village as a game for all to enjoy, as well as a way for us all to be informed, inspired and therefore Invest into the lives of others!

I have engaged Sye to design and develop It Takes A Village and thought you may be interested in some background information from him... "In 2015 I had the opportunity to work with the Just Salvos team to create the board game Just Chocolate. This game aimed to raise awareness around the choices we as consumers make, and prompt players to try to make more ethical choices where possible. The game took almost 12 months to create, involving hundreds of hours of designing, testing, refining, and repeating that process until we had something that met the targets set. We played the game with as many different groups of people as possible, trying to see how it played with all kinds of players. This included taking the game to a variety of board game conventions to see how serious ‘gamers’ responded. I’m also a member and admin for a Melbourne based board game play testing group, Incubator Melbourne, where local designers meet monthly to test each other games. This group has helped me refine my process, as well as grow as a board game designer. Aside from Just Chocolate, I have two other games published, and have worked with a variety of clients on commissioned games to meet their needs. I’m excited by what we can do with It Takes A Village and hope it can increase empathy between us and those who face hardships difficult to imagine."

What department are you from?

 

Salvation Army International Development (SAID)

Who is your target market?

 

Anyone who has a passion - concern for vulnerable people worlwide and sees The Salvation Army as an ideal vehicle to come alongside others with the love of Jesus in practical ways.

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Neri Morris Oct 8, 2019

Looks like a really great idea Simone! Thanks for sharing!

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Simone Robertson Oct 17, 2019

Thanks Neri. Hopefully you get to play test the game.

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Jenica Noble Oct 9, 2019

Great way of sharing the impact of SAIDs work!

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Simone Robertson Oct 17, 2019

Thanks Jenica.

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Richard de Haast Oct 9, 2019

Great idea Simone - love the idea of raising insight and awareness

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Simone Robertson Oct 17, 2019

Thanks Richard, maybe it would be good for some of your AC residents to play.

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Julie Campbell Oct 9, 2019

Looks like a fun way to create a greater understanding and awareness

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Simone Robertson Oct 17, 2019

Thanks Julie, it is. I look forward to an opportunity to play test it with you.

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Matt Atkins Oct 10, 2019

Was part of this team playing it. Amazing idea and teaching tool

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Simone Robertson Oct 17, 2019

Awesome Matt so pleased it was a good experience.

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Penny Lovett Oct 10, 2019

Great idea! Love the way this initiative builds awareness

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Simone Robertson Oct 17, 2019

Thanks Penny would love an opportunity to play test it with you and maybe some of your team.

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Kevin Holland Oct 16, 2019

This is a wonderful concept. I encourage all my friends to vote for this.

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Simone Robertson Oct 17, 2019

Thanks Kevin

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Cheryl Tinker Oct 17, 2019

I’ve play tested this game with Sye and its challenging, heaps of fun and thought provoking.

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Simone Robertson Oct 17, 2019

Thanks Cheryl great feedback.

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Cecil Woodward Oct 18, 2019

Great idea with a very important goal. Our 'normality' of lifestyle is just so extravagant when compared to most of the world's population. 1/ Two observations: Have the Social Justice Team contributed to the content? 2/ If compiled appropriately, other TSA Territories are also likely to use this. Follow God's lead and keep moving ahead!

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Simone Robertson Oct 19, 2019

Thanks Ces for your support and insight as well as great questions. We will make sure the Social Justice team are in the loop as the game is developed. The SAID team have been involved right from the beginning with Project Coordinators giving their expertise. I believe it will have an appeal internationally. Thanks.

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Maia Hadley Oct 21, 2019

Looks like a wonderful idea Simone and a great way of engaging people around this issue.

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Simone Robertson Oct 25, 2019

Thanks Maia, the play testing so far is showing how engaged people are with the game.

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marc purcell Oct 25, 2019

What a great, orginianl idea to help people engage in issues of international poverty and assistance. Well done team!

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Simone Robertson Oct 25, 2019

Thanks Marc. As the game gets closer to a reality it will be good to have some feedback from you and your team at ACFID.

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Cheryle Symons Oct 25, 2019

A fantastic idea I love it

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Simone Robertson Oct 25, 2019

Thanks Cheryle will see if we can arrange a play test with you.

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Rachel Aldridge Oct 27, 2019

Such a great concept

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Simone Robertson Oct 27, 2019

Thanks Rach the play testing I’ve done so far is good

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Jeanine Brown Oct 27, 2019

Great concept

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Simone Robertson Oct 27, 2019

Thanks Jeanine

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Mel b Oct 27, 2019

Sounds like a great concept!

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Simone Robertson Oct 27, 2019

Thanks Mel

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Kevin Holland Oct 27, 2019

I had the opportunity to play this game yesterday. It was quite enlightening. I had to confront my need to win and put the safety of the village first. This game did more than make me aware of other.

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Simone Robertson Oct 27, 2019

Thanks Kevin. Yes it is a thought provoking as well as a fun game. Thanks for your support.

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Walter Fuge Oct 27, 2019

Looks like a great idea that will help people to think about and connect with mission.

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Simone Robertson Oct 27, 2019

Hi Walter, I think it will be a great way to connect. We are always learning as we keep play testing.

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Sarah Innes Oct 27, 2019

This sounds like an absolutely brilliant way to help people empathise and take action to help others.

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Simone Robertson 11 months ago

Hi Sarah, it looks like you have caught our vision brilliantly. Thank you for you perceptively and insightful comment.

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Rodney Walters Oct 28, 2019

A great community togetherness game! Well done

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Simone Robertson 11 months ago

Hi Rodney yes that is the idea behind the game. Thanks for you support especially with you serving in a territory that It Takes A Village is representing.

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Evelyn Wall 11 months ago

I can’t find where to vote Simone

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Evelyn Wall 11 months ago

Worked it out and voted. This is a tremendous idea and the game would certainly raise awareness

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Simone Robertson 11 months ago

Hi Evelyn, thank you for persisting and working it out and for voting and for your encouragement and support.

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Alison Cesaro 11 months ago

As an avid "game" player, from a family of dedicated game players (who are always on the lookout for new ones) I look forward to being able to have a go at this and love that it will come with building awareness of others. My favorite idea yet!

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Simone Robertson 11 months ago

Hi Alison, thank you for your endorsement and such positive feedback. Look forward to hearing from you after you have opportunity to have a play test if It Takes A Village.

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Nishan Lo 11 months ago

Great idea...

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Simone Robertson 11 months ago

Thanks Nishan. It’s people like you and places like India Eastern Territory that inspire us to develop this game.

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Vinh Luong 11 months ago

I think this is a good idea.

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Simone Robertson 11 months ago

Thank you Vinh

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Matt Darvas 11 months ago

Brilliant. These simulations are a powerful proven way to create empathy for communities and issues that can otherwise be ‘distant’.

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Simone Robertson 11 months ago

Thanks Matt for your support and comment.

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Stephen and WALL 11 months ago

Yes there are some amazing ideas. None of them are involving the members of the public to have families come together to have family fun. It’s so important to get back to basics these days, otherwise no communication will continue to erode our lives and our grandchildren’s futures!

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Joyce Turner 11 months ago

What a great idea! Hope I can get a chance to play. Would maybe be good for older kids to raise awareness that not everyone has the opportunities they have.

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Simone Robertson 11 months ago

Thanks Joyce. It Takes A Village will be a good game to help us all understand life from another perspective.

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Paula Rizzuto 11 months ago

Awesome concept

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Simone Robertson 11 months ago

Thanks Paula for buying and your encouragement

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Simone Robertson 11 months ago

Oops I mean thanks for voting. Sorry about the typo Paula

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V-I-N-C-E-N-T 11 months ago

I really love the idea of this game. If it ever comes to anything, please let us know and I would love to buy a copy. I think many could learn from it. Hope it goes well.

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Simone Robertson 11 months ago

Thanks Vincent for your enthusiasm about the game. I’m looking forward to it becoming a reality. You’ll here me celebrating from Australia to the UK so you’ll know about it

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Neri Morris 11 months ago

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Neri Morris 10 months ago

Status label added: Open Ideas/S1 - Sep-Nov 2019

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Comunicaciones SAE 9 months ago

Sounds really good and interesting. When can we play this game? Is it online?

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Neri Morris 8 months ago

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Neri Morris 7 months ago

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