Democracy and participation, Communities

Game-changing Libraries


Who is behind this?

Denis Galich

Youth Universe


Who is joining forces?

IPID - Institute of Political-Informational Research


Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

One of the best ways to make people cooperate is to make them play - organize weekly board-game sessions in public city libraries that would unite local community members around the problematic real-life-alike game scenarios. The aim is to win against the game by cooperating and considering the interests of ALL participant who play various roles (e.g. entrepreneur, single-parent, refugee, retired person, local governor etc).

Where will your idea take place?

Major Ukrainian cities with the scaling in the other European countries

Why does Europe need your idea?

Board-game helps:
- understand importance of civic activity and feeling of ownership
- try walking in others' shoes - accept difference
- learn cooperative negotiation techniques

What is your impact?

Real-life collaborations that would end up in conflict resolutions, projects’ implementations, product and project developments. In 3 years we should create an online platform where organizations and communities will be able to contact certified WOC-practitioners for help.

How do you get there?

Stage 1: pilot and scale the project in major cities in Ukraine and Poland. Simultaneously, we’d invite and train the project coordinators from the other European countries.
We’d also make some game modifications that would be needed to progress further.
Stage 2: scaling in the major European cities and creation of the web-platform that would enable experience-sharing.
Stage 3: scaling in the smaller cities and villages throughout Europe.

What is your story?

We are Ukrainians. Throughout its history my country struggled to keep its integrity many times because of the absence of cooperation between local governors. Today, we’re still learning this lesson through painful transformations doing our best to build civil society. It's about time to change this

Who are you doing it for?

First of all for highly diversified local groups and communities. Age, race, income level, education, health conditions and other factors used to be something that separates/segregates us - this shouldn’t be true anymore.
Secondary audience: working groups in any of the 3 sectors (gov/bus/ngo)



Idea created on Jan. 19, 2018

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