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Partner Highlight: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg in Karlsruhe, Germany Translates the NISE Network's "Games for the Future" Activities

Christina Leavell, Arizona State University
Two decks of cards from the Cards for Humanity Activity
Cards for Humanity activity deck of cards in English

In August 2022, Stephanie Wössner, Head of the Future of Learning Unit at Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg in Karlsruhe, Germany, reached out regarding available translations for some of the NISE Network's Sustainable Futures activitiesLandesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg is a public institution that helps teachers implement the use of digital media in their schools. Exploring extended reality, game-based learning, design and futures thinking, AI and the metaverse, Stephanie and her team were looking for any kind of activities that foster futures thinking when they discovered the NISE Network's Games for the Future activities. 

Five Cards from the Card for Humanity game appear in five difference colors - shades of red, orange, and green
Cards for Humanity activity deck of cards in German

Games for the Future is a set of three activities and supporting resources designed to engage participants in futures thinking and learning about the UN’s Global Goals for sustainable development. The NISE Network's resources for the activity were only translated and made available in English and Spanish, however through the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 3.0 license (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US), Stephanie and her team translated all three activities into German and adapted them for use with their other activities. Now they are sharing these under the same Creative Commons license for anyone to adapt and use:

Games for the Future - a set of three activities


First Page of the German Translation of Cards for Humanity from Games for the Future
  • Cards for Humanity, where players brainstorm ways that members of their community can help tackle the Global Goals

German Translation: Humanitas – Unsere Zukunft liegt in deiner Hand: 




First Page of the German Translation of Games for the Future - dark blue background with orange text
  • Silly Sustainability Stories, where players roll a set of six dice and then create a story 

German Translation: Hört her – Lustige Geschichten aus der Zukunft:




First Page of the German Translation of Games for the Future - dark blue background with orange text
  • Seeing Sustainability, where players use their imagination to discover how the Global Goals might relate to works of art

German Translation: Augen auf – Kunst durch die Brille der Nachhaltigkeit betrachtet:




A huge thank you to all those at Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg for both creating these wonderful translations and sharing them back to our partners! We greatly appreciated your thoughtful work and are delighted to see these activities reach new audiences. We hope others can put these resources to use in their communities.