Budget Games: Three Times the Charm!

Budget Games: Three Times the Charm!
The Innovation Games Summit wasn’t the only big event in January. Many of the attendees stayed on for the third annual Budget Games event for the City of San José, CA. The event was our largest Budget Games yet, with 40 facilitators and observers–some of whom came from as far as Sweden, Canada and the UK–and 120 local residents.

Our hat’s off to the Innovation Games community for donating their time to help the residents of San José. The Budget Games could not have been possible without their committment to spend their Saturday helpingthe citizens of San José prioritize the budget.

Get those people actively involved in the process! San Jose Budget Games: A Graphic View

Getting people involved in the decision making process can be quite a challenge, but the City of San José has a successful 3-year track record of partnering with Innovation Games® to pull its citizens out of their homes and into City Hall for the Budget Games. Mark McGregor facilitated at this year’s games and highlights his experience here.  “It was equally impressive to watch how people changed their perceptions based upon new inputs from other players,” explains McGregor.

Building a Better Budget

Andrea & Andy Simon, Innovation Games Qualified Instructors, came for New York to volunteer at the Budget Games. Andrea writes in her blog post on the event, “What is so interesting about these games is that Andy and I had different roles to play at different tablesand each table went about the games differently. Mine decided to agree to the revenue and cost issue first, so that they knew how much money they had to work with. His went after the priorities. Some of the tables went immediately to public safety. Mine discussed community centers and libraries and thought there were enough police and firemen but that they had to be used more effectively.”


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