Real-world political economy inspires great entertainment, from Black Panther to Game of Thrones to World of Warcraft, they remind us of the consequences of unmitigated control of resources and power. Leveraging this appetite for intrigue, a number of transparency and governance organizations are using games and roleplay simulations to engage audiences with real-world governance and corruption challenges. In this context, we at the Natural Resource Governance Institute are excited to announce the June launch of Petronia, the first online simulation game of natural resource governance. To mark the launch, NRGI will host a discussion in Washington, D.C. about how games can be used to promote good governance and policy change.
Petronia explores the policy challenges in a fictional developing country that has made a potentially game-changing oil discovery. In Petronia, online learners join a team of experts deployed to advise the country’s policymakers in a series of resource governance decisions. Immersed in this world, learners can hear and seek advice from stakeholders throughout Petronia, analyse government and international reports, and develop recommendations with their team. Through interactive animations, learners can set their own pace as they build their knowledge of the issues, stakeholders and complex trade-offs in managing resource wealth for development. This course draws from the best of NRGI’s learning tools including, case studies, modelling tools, plain language policy explanations, and data analysis protocols.
The launch will be followed by an interactive discussion with leading academics in the field, game designers, and practitioners from the anticorruption and transparency movement. Join us for as we explore the lessons learned and exciting future directions in gaming for good governance!
Refreshments and reception to follow the discussion.
Nada Zohdy, director, Open Gov Hub (moderator)
Elizabeth Newbury, director, Wilson Center Serious Games Initiative
- Lindsay Grace , director, American University Game Lab and Studio
Brittany Williams, game designer
Richard Funkhouser, game designer
Delaine McCullogh, communications manager, International Budget Partnership
Katarina Kuai, senior program officer NRGI