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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Oil Game goes global!

Norwich Transitioners develop a home grown project called 'The Oil Game' that is now being played around the world.
Originally the seed idea of the Oil Game was created by Rob Hopkins for Transition Tales. It was discovered locally here in Norwich by Charlotte Du Cann and delivered as part of a workshop by Charlotte and Tom Harper at Catton Grove primary school in 2010. Since then, it has been expanded, developed and configured into a usable workbook for schools and other educational settings from key stage 2 up.

So What is the Oil Game? The Oil Game is a fun, innovative art and drama based workshop that engages participants with the concept of peak oil, inviting an exploration into our oil dependent lifestyles and questioning how we might move beyond that oil dependency to a low carbon, more sustainable world. The workbook was funded by CUE East and supported by the UEA as they were keen to research any pro environmental behaviour change in the students as a result of playing the game.

The workbook was created by Jane Chittenden, Alex Haxeltine and Tom Harper who set up a not for profit Norwich based company called Community Solutions East at the end of 2010 for the purposes of developing community schemes and initiatives that focus on strengthening our local resilience in the face of the challenges of climate change, peak oil and economic recession. Teresa Belton from the UEA also lent her expertise to the project in the form of a 'pro environmental' behaviour change researcher. The game is now being played around the world from Albuquerque New Mexico to France, Wisconsin U.S.A, Scotland, Bali and Wales to name a few!

And that is thanks to Rob Hopkins for sharing the 4 min film of the workshop on the Transition Culture blog. Since then, emails and phone calls have been coming in from all around the world by people wanting to play the Oil Game.

If you want to see the film you can also do so here and the workbook is currently free to download and is ready to be played at home as well as abroad! If you want to play the Oil Game or find out more, do contact Tom Harper- tomharper@ekit.com