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					                                 Rules of the game

For the next hour you are going to become “Agents of Change” in your community.
You have noticed an issue you would like to have addressed. But you aren’t sure how
to go about organizing people to support the change. You’ve assembled a team (your
classmates around your table) and want to start.

Here’s your issue: The lunch area at school is functional, but not comfortable or
attractive. There are a few picnic tables, many of which are broken or vandalized
by other students. There is no shade for sunny days or protection from the rain.
On rainy days, you eat lunch inside the classrooms and stay quietly in your seats.

The issue is getting worse and worse. More and more tables are being broken by
school vandals. Groups of kids hang out in specific areas. And every lunch hour
trash is strewn all over the lunch area.

You want to organize your community to address this issue. Look around the table
at your teammates. On the board in front of you are community members, some in
the school, some in other schools, and some in the community at large. You also
have short biographies of each of the community members on the board. These
community members represent the entire community, so if you get them “on board”
with your issue, the whole community will support it.

We will play this game for 3 “years”. The first “year” lasts 15 minutes. The
following 2 years last 10 minutes each. You’ll hear a gong at the beginning of a
year and again at the end of the year. When you hear the gong, no matter where
you are, quietly take your seat. If you are in line to make a move, just return right
to your seat without making the move.

Between “years” we will talk, briefly, about what is working and what isn’t working.
If you’re a successful group, be prepared to share what you are doing that is
working. If you are getting frustrated and stuck, ask other teams for ideas about
what their strategy is. After 3 minutes of discussion between “years” a gong will
sound and the next year will begin.

During each “year” your team can make as many moves as you want. However,
experience tells us that a few well thought out moves are more successful than
a lot of random moves. There is a bowl in front of you with multi-colored hearts
in it. Those represent the “time and energy” that you have. THIS IS A LIMITED
RESOURCE! When you are out of “time and energy” you can’t play the game
any more.
To make a move, you will give 5 “time and energy” tokens to the leadership
table. Depending on the move you make and who you involve, you may earn more
“time and energy”, so make your moves wisely.

When the gong sounds, begin discussing as a team what your move will be and who
you will involve in the move. Each team has an “action strategy” sheet. Use the
marker provided to circle your move on this sheet. You can only circle one move
per visit to the leadership table. Also circle the 6 community members you want to
involve in the move.

Once your team all agrees with the move and the community members to involve,
mark your “action strategy” sheet and have the runner bring it, along with 5 “time
and energy” tokens to the leadership table. Your team leader will review your move
and community members and give you whatever “time and energy” points you’ve
earned and tell you which community members to move and how many squares to
move them. Your team leader may also have a surprise or two in store for you, so be

If you get stuck or need help, wave down one of the adult helpers in the room.

This isn’t a game you “win”. Your goal is to move as many community members as far
forward in the game as possible. It’s better to have all the community members
move a little bit than to have a few community members move a lot. The goal is to
get a lot of people excited about and involved in the issue.

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