Trading Floor Game

One of our afternoon sessions was led by Matthew Slater who introduced us to his “Trading Floor” game.

This game is designed to show participants in workshops

  1. How trade is affected by the availability of money
  2. How outside control of the money supply may be counter productive to a local economy
  3. How money is separate from real value
  4. How using debt as money can obstruct the economy

By simulating trading in an actual marketplace, the traders feel the difference, which reinforces the learning objectives. The game is designed to need minimum of materials, but it is useful to have a helper to the facilitator and to plan ahead which rounds to play to make your point.

Full details and rules can be found on his website here:

Creative Commons License
Trading Floor Game by Matthew Slater & Sybille Saint Girons is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

About Matthew Slater

Matthew makes complementary currency software, and keeps the organisation he co-founded, Community Forge, ticking over, and launched the CC Mag.  You can follow him on twitter here.

Matthew wrote an interesting article about the meetup here: