Sharing Game

2015-2016 | Open-source tool
PhD Candidate, School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA | download

What? The purpose of this game is to help groups define what and how they are willing to share on a daily basis. It was created to help individuals explore sharing potentials with their flat-mates, friends, neighbors and beyond! It can be used preemptively to define the terms of sharing or reflectively for groups that are already sharing.

How? To play just print the cards at A4 paper size and cut them. The goal of the game is to help you go through a discursive process with your fellow humans and uncover the potentials and the limits of sharing personal and common resources. There are two kinds of cards: the deck with the shareables (things that could be shared) and the cards with conditions of sharing (grey cards). The shareable cards help you identify what you would be willing to share and expand in three categories: ‘tools & goods’, ‘spaces’ and ‘services & skills’. After you have selected the things that you would be willing to share, you can use the ‘conditions’ cards to sort them under the conditions you are willing to share them. The game could also evolve to coming up with ideas for co-production of things, spaces and activities that do not exist yet. The open-ended shareable cards allow you to contribute more ideas and expand on the available options! Just sort the cards based on what you be willing to share and how and let the game begin!

Where? This game was originally created and used to facilitate ethnographic interviews realized for the project "People who Share". See more information here: People who Share. This is the first version of the game. An extended Version 2.0 with information on how to use this tool methodically for qualitative research will come out soon!

Download You can download the toolkit here and use it with your group. Keep in mind that the Sharing Game is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. If you do happen to find the Sharing Game useful, please don't hesitate to contact me via email for feedback and I would also love to share your awesome project on this page!