How to Play

You play the game in four easy steps:

STEP 1. Watch the scenario video.

Watch the short scenario to see how governments and citizens might work together in the future. See what the drivers of change are. Imagine how governments might provide basic services if citizens were seen as partners. How will communities be improved when shared data, collaborative platforms, and smart cities are the norm. Help reinvent how government services are imagined and delivered.

STEP 2. Play your cards.

You can play Positive Imagination and Critical Imagination cards. Positive Imagination cards describe new roles and opportunities for community hospitals. Critical Imagination cards highlight barriers that will restrict the ability for hospitals to reinvent themselves.

Each card is short and sweet—just 140 characters. You can play as many or as few cards as you like. The more you play, the more people you can engage around the world. And the more people you engage with your ideas, the more points you win.


STEP 3. Build on others’ cards.

This is where the fun starts—and the points add up. Once you play a card, others may respond with cards that take the idea to the next level. You can do the same. On any card, you can play 4 kinds of cards:

  • Momentum: This will work! How might governments or citizens build on this idea?
  • Antagonism: This won’t work! How might this idea be resisted or undermined?
  • Adaptation: This could work, if.... How might this approach be modified for most impact? How might it play out differently in your community?
  • Investigation:┬áNeed more information? Ask or answer a follow-up question.

Building on cards is the best way to build points and deepen the conversation about how connected citizens will change government. When someone builds on your cards, you automatically win points! When you build on others’ cards, you start a card chain and encourage others to build on your cards. The longer the chains, the more points you win! And the more you foster meaningful discussion about the role connected citizens could play.

4. Watch the game live on the Dashboard!

Get a bird’s-eye view of the game unfolding on the Dashboard. Follow trending topics, and see which ideas are gaining momentum. Track your favorite ideas and players in the game. And keep an eye on the Leaderboard to see where you stand!




Pathfinding Points

The more you inspire others and provoke conversation. the more points you’ll earn.

You earn 1 point whenever another player builds on your forecast—and 20 points when your card is marked as “Super Interesting” by a game guide.

(You don’t earn any points for a card unless someone else builds on it, or a game guide is surprised by it. So don’t be boring!)

The more idea points you earn, the faster you’ll level up.

Level Forecasting Points Required
Novice 0
Keen 1-4
Inspired 5-19
Brilliant 20-42
Luminous 43-79
Genius 80-179
Extreme Genius 180-299
Beyond Extreme Genius 300-424
Legend >425

Game guides will be watching the gameplay. They will give out awards to highlight players who are stepping up to win a mission by solving particular problems or making extraordinary contributions. Here are some of the awards you can win:

Bucky Fuller Award: Most comprehensive idea for redesigning government Practical: Most creative idea for reinventing emergency departments and population health management Hospitalist Hero: Most creative idea for reinventing work and responsibilities for hospital employees
Social Inventor: Most creative citizen-led idea for using civic technology.
Penny Pincher: Most creative idea for stretching government and citizen resources.
Bucky Fuller: Most comprehensive idea for redesigning government.
Jonny Appleseed: Most portable idea that can be quickly duplicated in many jurisdictions around the world.
Mayor: Most visionary government-led idea for using civic technology.


You can make a winning contribution to the game in just five minutes. But if you’re like many players, you may find yourself following the idea streams for hours at a time. Whether you play in a few short bursts or spend time developing long card chains with other players, you can win awards, build your points, and help the world reimagine the future of development.

The game begins at 20:00 GMT / noon PST on January 22 and runs until 20:00 GMT / noon PST on January 23. Play as often and as long as you like. Be a civic inventor!