FishBanks: Systems Thinking Learning Package [1 classroom game + 40 student licenses]
[NOTE: this product contains 1 (physical) game box PLUS a comprehensive digital material that is accessed through the Snowflake Toolkit online platform]
FishBanks is a simulation game in which participants take on the role of fishing companies. By managing their fishing fleet and the relationship with the other teams in the game in a thoughtful manner, the task is to maximize the value of their company. This task involves managing a renewable resource (fish) within the framework of a complex system with both reinforcing and dampening feedback loops and elements of competition as well as collaboration.
The game is a demonstration of the concept of the tragedy of the commons, an introduction to systems thinking, and trains strategic decision making with limited access to information. Linked to the game itself, there is a comprehensive debriefing material as well as suggestions for homework assignments.
FishBanks is used in one learning package in the Snowflake Toolkit:
Systems Thinking: in this learning package students experience basic principles from system dynamics, which is an approach to understanding systems. Through the role-playing game FishBanks they practice managing a renewable resource, while at the same time being part of a complex system with multiple actors and information overload.