An Interdependence Game: The Friendly Creatures Game invites twelve participants to take on the roles of twelve of Earth’s creatures in a cooperative problem-solving game. Each player is assigned a resource to Have and a resource to Need. Each player speaks two animal 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 random assignment of Have and Need cards, it has been used successfully by a law professor as an exercise in negotiation, contract, leadership styles, basic economic theory, and interdependence.
The central message of The Friendly Creatures Game is that we cannot win until everyone shares their resources.