There’s often no better way to test and draw out our hidden behaviours and assumptions than by playing a game. The Money Game helps us explore (and manifest) the habits and unconscious beliefs that determine our relationship to money and learn through both our individual experience, as well as interactions and reflections with the wider group. We've run the Money Game for many types of groups and in many countries as in-person events, and now also virtually!
As a personal experience in a group setting the Money Game is never the same, but varies each based on what all participants bring to the table. Your experience is shaped by your own relationship to money, the good & bad qualities you attach to it and the histories & imagined futures you associate with it. While this can surface discomfort and painful emotions for some, it also creates fertile ground for individual & collective growth.
What happens during the game is quite simple — several rounds of “play” in a group of 8-15 people, interspersed with journaling and reflective dialogue — but in keeping with tradition of the game, we don’t share all the details in advance.
Participants are asked to "bring” a meaningful amount of money in cash that they feel comfortable letting go of, but that is enough to “trigger” their learning. To ensure a meaningful experience, it is important that participants take a few minutes to feel into what this amount might be for them. People have played with anywhere from €10 to over €500.
J.D. Nasaw is a facilitator, coach, consultant, and community builder working at the intersection of somatics, self-management, social justice, and regeneration. As an associate at Greaterthan, he stewards the Academy and teaches courses on advanced facilitation, trauma-informed collaboration, and building thriving networks. His passion for supporting personal & collective transformation flourished after closing out a decade in hierarchical, extractive leadership at fine-dining restaurants. He still supports leaders & businesses to adopt regenerative practices as the principal of Open/Up Hospitality, and is a founding member of Building Belonging, an interdisciplinary network of community weavers.
Francesca Pick is an ecosystem builder, facilitator and organization designer working in the field of distributed leadership and participatory work. During the last decade, she has been a leading member of the self-organized communities Ouishare and Enspiral, and is founding partner of Greaterthan. She has supported dozens of other networks with her hands-on experience in network governance and community building.
We run money games online and in person. Register below for one of our upcoming money games to join directly as an individual, or get in touch if you would like us to run a game in-house with your team or group.
Participation in the 3 hour experience costs 50 €.
This includes access to a monthly reflection space with other past Money Game participants.
The hosting team aims to create an environment of care and safety, however it is very important that you are aware that you are 100% responsible for your own experience within the game. Your experience is yours, your boundaries are yours, your needs are yours. It is important that participation must be optional and at the will of each participant — that no one is required or coerced to attend — and that every participant plan to stay the entire duration of the game, so there is sufficient time to process & reflect on whatever happens and to nurture any difficult moments that arise.
The Money Game was originally developed in the Findhorn Community in Scotland and began its tradition in Greaterthan when it was introduced to us by Tom Nixon in 2017. He was using this practice as part of his Source and Money Work, which was developed by the seminal thinker Peter Koenig.
After having hosted games all over the world and deepened our knowledge on Money Work with Peter Koenig himself, Greaterthan Associate J.D. Nasaw took the initiative in 2021 to create a version of the Money Game that could be played online, and could thus benefit more people across the world as a personal and group development tool.
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