The Brainstorming Game
What is Game of Good?
Game of Good is a brainstorming game for World-Changers. The game is simple and you can download it for free.
Each round, one player asks a question from a white card and everyone brainstorms answers with three grey resource cards. The questions are phrased using “How Might We”, the phrase that top innovators use to spur creativity and innovation.
The questions are about actions that could help us reduce emissions, have more compassion for others, live healthier happier lives, and improve education.
Make Your Own Deck for Free
Game of Good is available for free under a Creative Commons license. Making a set will take about an hour. Download the PDF for rules and printing instructions or Pre-order a Printed Deck
Do I have to limit myself to the three resources?
The resource cards are there to give you creative constraints, and help you come up with unusual solutions that you might not otherwise have happened upon. If you find new ideas popping up that use other resources, that’s great too!
Where did you get ideas for resources and challenges?
Lots of places! Special hat tip to OpenIDEO, yes! Magazine, shareable, Grist magazine, Mother jones, Mother Earth News, good.is and Treehugger for inspiration.
What is a HMW Question?
HMW stands for “How might we…” Beginning a question with HMW helps people think creatively and open up to innovative solutions. The phrase is used by Google, Facebook, IDEO and others for this reason. For more on How Might We check out The Phrase that Top Innovators Use on the Harvard Business Review Blog
Can I make up my own rules?
Go for it! If something works well, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweeting @gatherwell
I came up with a great idea! What do I do next?
Hope you’ll share what you came up with by e-mailing us at email@example.com or tweeting @gatherwell – we’re happy to help spread it around. Then prototype your best ideas to put them into action. We’re working on a free prototyping course to help you with this step.
What is the organization behind Game of Good?
Game of Good is a project of GatherWell, the Think + Do Tank for Practical Idealists, on a mission to move humanity forward. Our projects focus on education, analysis, and innovation to help you be well + do good.
What is the specific licensing for Game of Good?
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. That means you can use, remix, and share the game for free, but you can’t sell it without our permission. Read the full license or get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.