Going Global

This fast-paced game is designed to illustrate how trade can affect the prosperity of a country. It highlights how world trading systems are often designed to help the wealthy, well-developed countries, while neglecting the underdeveloped ones.

In groups you must manufacture shapes using the materials provided. The game can go in any number of fascinating directions as the countries begin to trade together.

You may find that tempers can often become frayed as the unfairness of the system becomes apparent, leading to an important de-briefing where we take a look at moral attitudes towards wealth and the role that they can play in contributing to a fairer world trading system.

Example learning actions:

  • Widened understanding of developing countries, worldwide trading relationships and frustrations of limited resources
  • Generate a team identity
  • Fulfill a role within a team
  • Contribute to the team purpose