Perspectivity: National Security Challenge

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Can we move from a whole-of-government approach to national resilience to a whole-of-nation approach to national resilience? The public and private sector need to work together to keep their population safe. They face conflicts of interest, compete for resources and search for their own role in building a resilient society.

This challenge was developed in cooperation with the National Security Coordination Secretariat of Singapore.


The game participants (24 people ideally) are divided into two six person groups. There are two game boards. Each game board represents a national economy; and on each board there are six players representing sectors acting in that economy.

Both public sector and private sector are represented. The public sector through government teams, the private sector through market economy teams. Next to economic growth, the public sector teams also have the goal to provide security and resilience.

During the game, the teams can expand their economies and build infrastructure and facilities on the game board, which produces new capital to invest for the next round of the game. The objective is to generate as much revenue as possible at the end of the game. The game is finished with a debrief that ties together and reflects upon the lessons of the game.


The world is becoming increasingly complex and this calls for appropriate tools on how to deal with the world’s commons. The National Security Challenge aims to provide players with insights into the dynamics at play and to stimulate reflection on collaboration between different players with different interests and perspectives. The National Security Challenge is a variation on the Perspectivity Climate Challenge, which is based on the tragedy of the commons.


What lessons do you remember best? Textbook texts or those where you experienced a problem yourself and had to think hard about it? The Perspectivity Challenge creates a lesson from experience in the social dynamics of complex issues. Each challenge puts its players in the shoes of key decision makers.

During the challenges, participants will face the issues that our world leaders are all too familiar with: growth spurts, limited resources, international negotiations, downturns and conflicts. They experience the impact of the choices of individuals as well as of groups. The Perspectivity Challenge triggers a unique learning experience that will leave the participants with an improved understanding of how a sustainable future could materialise.


Perspectivity challenges are offered in a three-tier tariff set-up; Profit-sector €89 p.p., semi-profit sector €59 p.p. and Non-profit €29 p.p. Licensing is possible under special arrangement, which includes a Training of trainers. Perspectivity uses the proceeds of Perspectivity Challenge sessions for further investment, with the objective to give as many young people as possible the chance to learn valuable lessons about navigating complexity.

Number of players

more than 10 players

Number of moderators

2-3 moderator


2 hours and more


National Security Challenge Game Set


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