I’m hesitating to recommend any more games because it was recently brought to my attention that a card game I reviewed in January now costs $899 on Amazon. I know I don’t have a degree in Economics, but I only paid $20 for it 6 months ago, and unless this game is somehow disguising a Bitcoin laundering scheme, I’m not sure why it climbed in price by 4500%.
The game in question, Mockups, is good for practicing Design Thinking. If that is what you are looking for, you may want to go a less pricier route by checking out Disruptus, also good for Design Thinking practice – and about $874 less than Mockups at the moment.
Or, you could download Dialogo for free. It’s not really a Design Thinking game, but at least you don’t have to pawn your motorcycle to acquire it.
I’m really working on community building with my classes this year, so when I saw this brief write-up about Dialogo on Trendhunter, I immediately searched for the website to learn more.
Dialogo is a product from the KAICIID Center. According to its website, the organization “is an intergovernmental organization whose mandate is to promote the use of dialogue globally to prevent and resolve conflict to enhance understanding and cooperation.” The free download is available in 5 different languages, and includes a printable gameboard, instructions, and cards.
Dialogo is meant to be used for encouraging discussion of a particular topic. The game offers creative, probing questions that can be used for just about any subject. There are also suggestions for reflecting on and facilitating the conversation. Though the age suggestion is for 10 and up, I think it could be used with younger students with a bit of practice.
So, download Dialogo now, whether you think you can use it or not, before it gets listed for $1000 or something ridiculous. Good group conversations are priceless – and should stay that way.