Leftwing Madrid’s next mayor designed an educative game

Last weekend, The Guardian published an article about the interesting changes Madrid is living at the moment. Manuela Carmena, the next mayor of the city where I was born, is an ex-communist retired judge who has been working in many different projects for the last few years. One of them was designing a board game about judicial processes. Digging up information about the game, I found this interview in El Pais where she talks about games with the original designer of the 90’s hit Commandos. My favourite part is when she talks about how difficult is to persuade other people about your ideas when they are evident for you. Does she maybe think that games are the best persuasive media?

You can get a general impression of her educative board game at the official website.

Some extracts from the interview I really enjoyed (apologies but it was published only  in Spanish):

 “Cuando ideé un juego de mesa sobre la justicia pensé que en el fondo el proceso judicial es también como un juego. El juego lo que te permite es moverte dentro de unas reglas, y el derecho son reglas útiles para vivir mejor.

La diferencia entre las reglas de la judicatura y el juego es que el juego es impune. Las reglas son enormemente vinculantes en el mundo del derecho y en el juego no hay un castigo que permanezca.

Es cuestión de dedicarse, las cosas nuevas son difíciles. Es muy difícil persuadir; me pasaba de joven, cuando no lograba convencer a alguien de aquello que yo tenía claro. El entusiasmo es lo que ayuda a superar esa dificultad de comunicar aquello de lo que tú estás convencido.”

manuela

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