Commonspoly is a free licensed board game that has been created to reflect on the possibilities and limits of the commons as a critical discourse towards relevant changes in society, but to do so in a playful way. This game is ideal to introduce common theories to groups in a fun and educational way. But it is also ideal for boring and rainy afternoons!
And another thing, Commonspoly is an attempt to repair a misunderstanding that has lasted for more than a century. In 1904 Elizabeth Magie patented The Landlord’s Game – a board game to warn and hopefully prevent the dangerous effects of monopoly.
Years later he sold the patent to Parker Brothers, who turned the game into the Monopoly we know today: a game that celebrates speculation and economic accumulation, as well as the bankruptcy of anyone but you.
Commonspoly inverts the basic features of the traditional game in an effort to imagine a better world, based on cooperation rather than competition. But is it possible to play a board game in which 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, the polar caps are melting, and we all have that creepy, hard-to-explain feeling…. In this game, it is a race against time and the help of all the players is more than welcome! It’s not all bad news – we have some powerful, community-based tools to use in this fight against climate change.
A game that tries to preserve the urban, environmental, health and knowledge-based commons.
You can buy your Commonspoly game on their website commonspoly.cc. But given the open source philosophy of the project you also have the possibility to print it at home for free. You can download all the printable files from here. If you are interested in editable files, you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org