How To Play

You play the game in three easy steps:

STEP 1. Watch the 3-minute video.

Watch the short welcome video to find out what future we’re forecasting. See what others around the world are doing to create catalysts for change. Get inspired. Imagine what you can do to be a catalyst for change.

STEP 2. Play your cards.

You can play Positive Imagination and Critical Imagination cards. Positive Imagination cards describe new winning paths out of poverty. Critical Imagination cards highlight paths that could lead to greater vulnerability.

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 four kinds of cards:

  • Momentum: If we take this path … what happens next?
  • Antagonism: Disagree? What’s wrong with this path?
  • Adaptation: Yes, might this path play out differently in your community or region?
  • Investigation:┬áCurious? Ask or answer a follow-up question.

Building on cards is the best way to build points—and build better paths out of poverty! When someone builds on one of your cards, you automatically win points without doing anything. 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 deeper your conversations with people in other regions.

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:

The Four Catalysts Champions:

Bright Light: Starts the best chain using new evidence as a path out of poverty
Powerhouse: Starts the best chain for capacity building
Super Citizen: Starts the best chain for rethinking rules to favor the poor or marginalized
Master Storyteller: Starts the best chain for changing the story of poverty

The Big Impact Awards:

Urban Champion Award: Creates the most exciting path to healthy urban living for all
Green Work Award: Transforms the workforce of a community or region while addressing both unemployment and environmental challenges
Digital Leap Award: Reduces poverty through innovative use of digital information, tools, and jobs
Youth Spirit Award: Promises the brightest future for the next generation of youth around the world
Women’s Leadership Award: Creates innovative pathways for women to play leadership roles in the economy and in governance
Innovative Citizenship Award: Inspires engaged citizenship across communities, nations, and the planet
Resilience Award: Increases the ability of individuals, communities, and even regions to withstand shocks and thrive afterward


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 16:00 GMT on April 3 and runs until 16:00 GMT on April 5. Play as often and as long as you like. Be a catalyst for change!