Empowering Climate Action through Game Play

Join us to play a round of “Bartertown,” a board game that explores how networks of sociability and care can adapt to climate change as well as other disasters like a market crash or even a divorce.

Category: #2 Climate Accessibility [Architecture]


Bartertown is a board game that imagines a world without money to test how social networks can be reshaped by an economy of favors and resource-sharing. The game acts as a decision-making tool for a warming world, one that fosters new relationships between economies, design, and the public. In this event, 5-10 people will play the game hands-on, and all others are welcome to watch play unfold. The game is appropriate for adults, teenagers, and everyone interested in cities, strategy, social justice and climate change. The event may be photographed/filmed for public use.

Photo: Istvan Virag.  

About the organisers:

Emily So is professor of architectural engineering at the Department of Architecture, a chartered civil engineer, and Director of the Cambridge University Centre for Risk in the Built Environment (CURBE). Her main area of interest is in assessing and managing urban risk and resilience. She has actively engaged with earthquake‐affected communities in different parts of the world, focusing on applying her work towards making real‐ world improvements in seismic safety. She has extended her work in earthquakes to finding solutions to mitigate against other natural perils and communicating risks. 

Janette Kim is assistant professor and director of Urban Works Agency at California College of the Arts and founding principal of All of the Above. Her work focuses on the intersection between ecology, social equity and the built environment. Janette is author of The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform and founding editor of ARPA Journal. Her projects include the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge, the Win-Win board game series, and the Safari audio tours on urban ecology. 

How to Register

Please sign up to reserve your spot as a Bartertown player or to join as an audience member. 

Please see link below to register. Event will take place at the Guildhall, Cambridge