The Systems Thinking Playbook for Climate Change - A Toolkit for Interactive Learning✎
German Federal Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (GIZ)
This Playbook aims to help experts, advocates and educators to be more effective in talking with groups about climate change and promoting interactive learning on the topic. For this purpose, twenty-two interactive games are offered and described to help increase the effect of workshops, speeches and conversations on the topic.
Practitioners who use these games can enhance the appeal and the effectiveness of their verbal presentations about climate change and climate policy, thus contributing to their efforts to help citizens perceive climate change, diagnose its causes, anticipate its future consequences, and effect constructive change.
The Playbook is a companion to the GIZ publication 'Climate Change Information for Effective Adaptation - A Practitioner‘s Manual' (see the References section in the More information tab of this resource page), that translates relevant aspects of climate change research into every-day working contexts (local weather for example).
The Manual summarizes the basic science of climate change and suggests how one may use historical examples and current data to demonstrate the effects of climate change. Once practitioners have identified effects at local level, the 22 games present in the Playbook can be used to create engaging dialogue and events.
In the Playboook, the introductory section provides guidelines on how to choose a game and how to get started. All games are classified according to the number of participants and interaction they require and to the climate change conceptual errors they help to identify.
For each game, the description includes relevant quotes related to climate change and the game dynamics, contexts, instructions, practicalities on how to run the game and useful information for the debriefing.
Description of the Playbook
Climate Change Information for Effective Adaptation - A Practitioner‘s Manual
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The use of physical interaction and games can greatly enhance the ability of those who are concerned about climate change to help others to understand its key concepts and strategies.
In this context, the games are metaphors that provide one way to understand various aspects of climate change.
These simple interactive exercises, called ‘games’ or ‘strategic exercises’, have the potential to help participants understanding by doing. As such, this Playbook offers a nice, hands-on complement to other information on climate change. In addition, the practices can be potentially applied in any face-to-face event setting and to any geographical contexts.