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Common Play With Us! #7

19-3-20 20:00 - 19-3-20 22:00
Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam

Can serious games help us to reimagine our political and economic system? How can we use them to make social themes tangible? Can we transform our city while playing? During our Common Play With Us! game nights we aim to discover the potential of serious games to help us reclaim the urban commons.

In previous editions, the enthusiasm of the participants and the potential of serious games were strongly evident. Serious games raise awareness about specific topics, foster critical thinking and facilitate rational decision making and group consensus. We want to play games and share the tools that we discover by co-creating an online repository of serious games in order to talk about the urban commons.

What dynamics will emerge if we reclaim ownership of public assets? How can we work together in a convergent way? And how do we make sure all of this is fun? These questions will be centre stage in the new editions of Common Play With Us! Starting this January, we will use our events to play-test and discuss games that could fit this curated game repository. During these evenings, we will focus specifically on games that help us organise the city as a commons.


20:00 - Welcome by Socrates Schouten (Chamber of Commons)
20:10 - Introduction to the game
20:30 - Game time!
21:40 - Reflection on the game, talk and drinks.

Game and speakers: TBA.

English is spoken during this event (but not exclusively).

There are limited places available for this game night.

Buy your ticket here.

Admission is € 5, including a drink.

These are some of the games that we have played at previous Common Play With Us! game nights:

Digitale Identiteit Ganzenbord
• Working process urban game by Roos Groothuizen
• Peak Shaving Time game by Pink Pony Express

If you have a game, or ideas for a game, that discuss or emulate urban commons, do let us know! Please contact mar@waag.org.

About Commons

Commons are shared resources, managed by a community from the perspective of sustainability, inclusiveness and public added value. They offer room for bottom-up initiative and citizens' own directing. In the Commons Lab, Waag generates insight into contemporary commons and brings new forms of commons into practice. 2020 Common play With Us! game nights are mainly focus on Urban Commons. These commons aim to reimagine the spaces of the city as sustainable places for collaboration and collective ownership.

This edition of Common Play With Us! is financed by European Cultural Foundation and BankGiro Loterij Fonds.


BankGiro Loterij

EU Cultural Foundation