“Troubled Lands allowed my social studies students to examine the practical and ethical impacts of their actions while gaining insight into the nature of decision making in a fun and engaging way. The simple rules and different versions of play provide rich opportunities for class discussions on topics ranging from environmental sustainability and politics, to human nature.”
– Craig Brumwell, Kitsilano Secondary School, Vancouver BC
“Troubled Lands was presented to a workshop of university students, faculty and community members who work in sustainability. As there were several strategies at play, such as whether to take up immediate profit or invest in the long term; work independently or for the greater good of the group, the game truly represents real life situations and conflicts. Aside from being a great educational resource, it was fun, engaging and visually aesthetic.”
– Miriel Ko and the Sustainable Curriculum Project team Concordia University
“I used an early version of Troubled Lands when teaching the Politics of Sustainability to undergrads at Indiana University. The exercise was a hit. For students struggling to understand the Tragedy of the Commons, Troubled Lands made clear the key difficulties of managing shared resources in a strategic setting. For students who already understood those difficulties, Troubled Lands made them patent and personal. From the looks of it, the game has only gotten better and I can’t wait to try it out in upcoming courses!
– Dr. Jacob Bower-Bir