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About our game

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.  

 

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. 

What players say

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“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

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A really good learning tool.  It puts me right in the role of an entrepreneur who is trying to be responsible and have a great product.”

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Sara Bernheim, Conservation Specialist

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I like the creative aspects and the Game.  It’s not just about winning; it’s a fun way to develop a new mindset.”

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Margot Pero,

student

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This is amazing; it gave me a whole different way to look at how I live.

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Jesse Lepkoff,

musician

The 4 concepts that make up the lens

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.

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Hand Drawn Blue Circle

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, it gives a voice to those not easily heard while building collaboration and opportunity.

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Permaculture

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.

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Solidarity Economy

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.

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Sustainability Lens Game developer, Dr. Tamara Stenn