Social Games – An Innovative Way of Engaging with Sustainable Diets Research


by A4NH | July 4, 2017

Current and future food systems face massive multi-dimensional challenges that require systematic and coordinated global efforts.

They are unsustainable both in terms of the resource inputs required as well as their environmental and social implications. Alongside this, the world’s population has been rapidly growing over the past decades and is estimated to approach 10 billion by 2050. In order to meet these food, nutrition and sustainability challenges food systems must adapt in fundamental ways.

Sustainable diets research presents an opportunity to address these challenges by bringing together multiple sectors, disciplines and expertise to guide the development of local, national, regional and global policies. To engage with these debates, the ANH Academy Working Group on Sustainable Diets has launched its new report which describes the development and functions of social, interactive games as innovative ways of conceptualizing and interacting with these issues.

The case study report of the ‘Diets Dimensions Game’ presents the sustainable diets policy game, a novel tool that serves to engage various stakeholders in discussions and project elaboration. Learn more about the game.

Download the report (pdf)

How to play the Diets Dimensions game

Games are an excellent way to engage people – the mixture of problem solving, brainstorming, team work and competition generates energy and enthusiasm. Live, social games like ‘Diet Dimensions’ are particularly suitable for conference or workshop settings. The first challenge for players is to form a team with a mixture of skills and experiences, so there’s a really good opportunity for networking between different communities.
-- Dr. Edward Joy, LSHTM, Coordinator of the Sustainable Diets Working Group

This post originally appeared on the ANH Academy website.