Welcome to Playing with Trust, a fun game to discover more about your surroundings and safely connect with others in your neighborhood! We want to connect people with where they live and by doing so, create more empathetic, playful, cohesive and democratic cities. Bringing people together while maintaining all safety measures in the COVID-19 pandemic is also important so we've been sure to factor that in. Learn more about how to Play with Trust in your community!
- The City Needs You Institute
Developed during the Covid-19 pandemic, Playing With Trust was created as a board game that takes public health advice seriously whilst recognising people of all ages still need to play. The game was designed to support people's health and wellbeing by encouraging safe play in public spaces whilst incorporating the advice to maintain a recommended safe physic...
Developed during the Covid-19 pandemic, Playing With Trust was created as a board game that takes public health advice seriously whilst recognising people of all ages still need to play. The game was designed to support people's health and wellbeing by encouraging safe play in public spaces whilst incorporating the advice to maintain a recommended safe physical distance of 2 metres apart from each other. The game's activities are designed to encourage its players to look at their city in a whole new way - to imagine improvements that could be made to it and its surroundings and most importantly to think about how the space might be used to support safe social interaction between the people that live and visit there.
Playing with Trust can be replicated anywhere by anyone. The game has clear instructions on how to play with lots of opportunities to provide feedback and suggestions so players are active participants in the game's development whilst having fun! Our easy to set up board game is an innovative combination of physical and digital resources. Supported by a free smartphone app - a "virtual game box" which provides rules for the range of games within Playing with Trust, we also provide DIY manuals on how to create the physical boards and bases to fit whatever size or shape space you want to play in. We've also created an augmented reality interface which amplifies the players' interaction with the game, promotes a culture of playfully occupying local spaces and encourages the all important relationship build with other players.
Playing With Trust creates and celebrates opportunities for social interaction as people adapt to living with social distancing. It has a positive impact on people's perception of socializing in public spaces. As we all adopt new social habits it's time to create new ways of connecting and having fun whilst staying safe.
- Caio Vassão, Metadesign Ecosystems Specialist - São Paulo, Brazil
How to get involved
Between 2 & 4 weeks for a group to install the game's infrastructure (includes planning, mobilizing & implementing the game ) A weekly commitment of 4 to 8 hours will ensure people in your community can play 24/7!