All participants played the game with a lot of enthusiasm, struggling to balance the livelihood needs with their own personal objectives of sustainability and conservation. They experienced first-hand the forces at play – time pressure, uncertainty, power imbalances – that prevent smallholders to considering environmental factors. Irrespective of their own personal values, small-growers are often not in a position to think about sustainability.
One of the players, Xenia Klaus from the sustainability magazine "Das Lamm", described her experience in an article. English translation here.
ETH Bachelor Student Nora Bögli is now conducting interviews with the participants to collect their feedback: what were the surprises, what did they learn, what should we do next. One thing we believe: this was not yet another discussion about supply chain links with stakeholders sharing widely diverging views. The first responses we have, show the workshop had quite an impact on their perception and understanding.