Commonspoly is a free licensed board game that playfully reflects on the possibilities and limits of the commons as a critical discourse towards relevant changes in our societies.
This board game is the ideal device for introducing commons theories into groups in a pedagogical and light-hearted way. But it’s also perfect for boring rainy afternoons!
Commonspoly is also an attempt to repair a misunderstanding that has lasted for more than a century. Back in 1904, Elizabeth Magie patented The Landlord’s Game, a board game intended to warn people about the dangerous effects of monopolism. Years later, she sold the patent to Parker Brothers, the company that distorted her game, turning it into the Monopoly we all know today that celebrates huge economic accumulation and the bankruptcy of anyone… except you.
Commonspoly turns the basic features of the traditional game upside down in an effort to imagine a potential world based on cooperation instead of competition. But is it possible to play a board game where the players have to find ways to work together, not beat each other? Well, the cycles between financial crises are shortening, global unemployment rates are skyrocketing, ice caps are melting, and we all have that hard-to-explain, creepy feeling… In this game, it’s a race against time and every player’s help is more than welcome!
And it’s not all bad news – we have some powerful, community-based tools to use in this struggle against the apocalypse. Let’s get down to business: we have urban, environmental, health and knowledge based common goods to preserve!