TWISTERRA

AIMS

  • To create a link between natural resources, industrial products, geographical areas and the companies that control those chains;
  • To discuss about the resources of the monopolizing of resources;
  • To introduce the concept of sustainable economic chains.

THE GAME SET

The game set of Twisterra should be on the floor. It’s 1,80 m wide and 1,30 m long. It’s composed of lines with 6 circles for each line, so 24 circles in total. Each line corresponds to a category: natural resource, industrial product, geographic area and company. Each category has a color: green, yellow, blue and red.

GAME PURPOSE

You have to place your hands and feet on the sets of the game in order to recreate the exploitation of the chain from the natural resources to the company that uses it, passing through the industrial product and geographic area where the resources are extracted. This game can be played by 1 to 4 people at the same time.

LINKS

Soya – animalfeed – South America – American company
Coltan – Mobile phone – D. R. Congo – German company
Tomatoes – Tomato sauce – Italy – Italian company
Palm oil – Cholocatecream – Indonesia – Indian company
Petrol – Cosmetics – Angola – French company
Coffee – Cappuccino – Guatemala – American company
(Cacao – Chocolate – Ivory Coast – Swiss company)

START

The players choose one of the resources (in the green circle) and put their left foot. Then, they have to find in the second line (the yellow one) the industrial product, that correspond to the natural resource. And so on until the company.

The animator should guide the players before they place their hands and feet by asking:

  • What do you think is the product linked to the resource you chose?
  • In what geographical area is it taken?
  • What is the company that expoits the chain?

During the game or at the end of the game the animator can invite the players to discuss the environmental and social impacts created by the extraction of the resource.

COMMENTS

The natural resources that will be in the game set can be chosen by the animators according to the local context and the topics you want to develop.

Here you can find more info about problems related to cultivation of a certain resource: