Scores of college students in the US, Bolivia, Pakistan, and the UK, have played the Sustainability Lens Game. They are now armed with a new sustainability mindset that enables them to build community through collaboration, cooperation, and creativity. As next-generation leaders, they are encouraged to be the example and set the change, supporting inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable communities through mindful entrepreneurism.
The Sustainability Lens Game - developed by Dr. Tamara Stenn, a US economist, and social entrepreneur - is built on years of work in sustainable development, leadership, and US Fulbright research into Andean producers' well-being.
The Sustainability Lens is a compilation of mindsets and approaches which create many options for building more innovation, fun, and resilience within an organization. It supports inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable communities.
The Sustainability Lens was first introduced in the book, Social Entrepreneurship as Sustainable Development, Introducing the Sustainability Lens (Stenn, 2017). It is based on the following four concepts: Suma Qamana, Circles of Sustainability, Permaculture, Solidarity Economy.
Sustainable Development Goals: Using the Sustainability Lens naturally leads to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.
3 Games in 1
It all starts with a lemonade stand...
- Don't have an enterprise yet? No worry. We have a Lemonade Stand business model here for you to get started with.
- Already have an enterprise? Great! Draw it up on a Business Model Canvas and get ready to take it to new levels.
Play this board game as you see fit.
- Basic Game (60 minutes) Introduce the Sustainability Mindset and ground people in new ways of thinking about enterprises. Use as a social game, classroom lesson, workshop, or activity.
- Speed Game (30 minutes) A quick introduction to sustainability or warm-up exercise to a larger event.
- Full Game Intensive (150 minutes) Build a deep experience with sustainability discovering profound ways to effect meaningful change.
“This work redefines concepts of sustainability and social entrepreneurship that for too long have been under the sway of narrowly conceived economic mandates such as the necessity of growth.” - Professor Paul James, Western Sydney University, Australia.
"An excellent learning tool. It puts me right in the role of an entrepreneur who is trying to be responsible and have a great product.” - Sara Bernheim, Conservation Specialist.
"I like the creative aspects and the Game. It’s not just about winning; it’s a fun way to develop a new mindset.” - Margot Pero, student.
"This is amazing; it gave me a whole different way to look at how I live." - Jesse Lepkoff, musician.
The 4 Lens Quadrants Defined for building Sustainable Places:
RESOURCES - Where things come from.
Learn how to use extreme supply chain management to build a stronger enterprise, better relations, more meaningful products & services.
POLICY - Set the example. Be the change.
Learn how to actively model and advocate for greater sustainability through policies, standards, dialogue, and seeking new ideas.
EXCHANGE - Accessibility and distribution.
Learn how to diversify exchange methods beyond dollars to build more inclusivity, accessibility, abundance, and generosity.
HEALTH - Human engagement and community.
Learn how to engage in Participatory Democracy to build a collaborative community with shared opportunities, inclusion, and celebration.
The 4 theoretical concepts and practices that make up the lens, and through sustainable enterprises, build inclusive, safe, resilient cities, towns, and communities:
Suma Qamana, Living Well
Using indigenous wisdom passed down 4,000 years, Andan people today are re-imaging their worldview based on the chakana (Southern Cross) - a balance between wisdom (knowing), love, action (doing), and leadership (power) brought together by a spiraling, interconnected life force.
Circles of Sustainability
A project born from work with the United Nations Development Program, Circles of Sustainability is a global project of people's self-reported well-being based on economic, environmental, cultural, and political experiences. Carried out by stakeholders in the communities studied gives a voice to those not easily heard while building collaboration and opportunity.
Manifested in natural systems of regeneration and abundance, we replicate the redundancy and diversity of nature and the multiple systems with a model that supports growth, life, and well-being.
Working together to share in the use and distribution of resources. Includes creation, production, exchange and transfer, waste, consumption, and surplus allocation - which then becomes creation in a renewable, circular fashion.