Rise up: The Game of People and Power

Duration: 60-90 min
Number of players: 2-5
Materials: Game set
Links: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/210425/rise-game-people-and-power

The power of the people is coming into play…

Short Description

In Rise Up, the game weaves a story about your movement, which can either be based in reality (like stopping an oil pipeline) or fictional (like fighting for dragon rights). But “the system” is hard at work too, manoeuvring to crush your efforts through tactics like setting up surveillance, making arrests, or causing infighting.

Educational Value

  • Develop personal and professional skills – communication, strategy, teamwork, systematic thinking, cooperation, social engagement
  • Knowledge about protests, social movements and democracy

Recommendations for use

  • Rise Up also comes with two versions with a double sided board: one for more experienced game players, and one for novices as well as younger children

Tips and tricks

How to adapt game for different groups, topics, occasions/needs: The game can be used as an icebreaker for a discussion with a focus on social movements, protests and democracy
Feedback questions
What can I learn from this activity?
Did you ever participate in a social movement or protest?
Which strategy worked best?
What competences can you develop through this game? 
What do I know about the importance of social engagement?
How powerful can a protest be?
Further discussion topics

  • Politics
  • Engagment
  • Problem Solving