An Interdependence Game:Â The Friendly Creatures Game invites twelve participants to take on the roles ofÂ twelve of Earthâ€™s creatures in a cooperative problem-solving game. Each player isÂ assigned a resource to Have and a resource to Need. Each player speaks two animalÂ languages, and may only communicate with others who share a language in common.
How will the creatures find what they need to survive?
The Friendly Creatures Game was originally designed for children. With randomÂ assignment of Have and Need cards, it has been used successfully by a law professor asÂ an exercise in negotiation, contract, leadership styles, basic economic theory, andÂ interdependence.
The central message of The Friendly Creatures Game is that we cannot win untilÂ everyone shares their resources.