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Future City game is a team-based process designed to create new thinking and actions to improve quality of life in cities.

The Future City Game stimulates new thinking in cities about ways to address the long-term challenges resulting from globalisation, migration, climate change, urbanisation and social needs. It encourages wider participation of organisations and individuals to make cities better, happier and more prosperous; and it creates a dialogue between the public sector and the inhabitants of the city.

The aim of the game is to generate the best idea on how to improve the quality of life either in a specific area within a city or, the city as a whole. It is played during a one- or two-day event. Players are city inhabitants from diverse backgrounds, representing various professions, genders and generations. The game is led by a trained games master. Players compete in teams to design, test and present their ideas. The games master gives players a set of tools to help them work together and develop ideas. He leads them through three stages - envisioning, testing and presenting. At the end of the game, the ideas are presented to the local stakeholders, professionals, residents, and each other. Everyone involved votes on the best ideas and thinks about how they can be taken forward in the city once the game has ended.

To date, the Future City Game has been played all across Europe, from Glasgow across Ljubljana to Moscow. The unique and innovative methodology for the Future City game was developed by the British Council and our UK partners (CLES – Centre for Local Economic Strategies; URBIS – Manchester’s Centre of Urban Life). You can find more about the Future City Game development here.

If you would like to play the game in your city, contact your local licensed organisation or games master.
This game was played in Haninge, a municipality of Stockholm, on 25 February 2011. Partner organisations were Kommunstyrelseförvaltningen Haninge Kommun and Tillväxt- och...
České Budějovice is the largest city in South Bohemia, and the political and commercial capital of the region. The České Budějovice Future City Game engaged residents in a...
The first Future City Game in the Czech Republic was launched in Pilsen city centre and addressed the needs of the individual districts in the city, with a special focus on the challenges related to...
Aarhus is preparing a bid to become the European Capital of Culture in 2017. We held a pilot Future City Game to establish how it can be used in this process and how it could support the bid. Aarhus...
Promzone 2.0: A new life of the industrial past
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The future city game in Blackburn with Darwen
Blackburn with Darwen is a multi-cultural area with diverse urban areas set within countryside. It is a key geographical and cultural gateway to Pennine Lancashire. The Borough covers an area of...
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The future city game: Zablocie for the Vistula – the Vistula for Zablocie!
The FCG ‘Zabłocie for Vistula - Vistula for Zabłocie!’ was played in Kraków on June 9 – 10, 2010.
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Future city game in Kiasma
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