Learning to save the world
John Hunter has been playing the World Peace Game for more than three decades: at his school, in summer camps, and with students in Norway. And in all the years he's played, he's never seen students lose. Not once. "Sometimes it's a very dire situation where it doesn't seem possible, but they've always managed to win the game," he says.
Part of it, he says, is how his students collaborate. But another part is how he behaves. He doesn't butt in to the game, or tell his students what to do and what not to do. Instead, he treats these CFOs and prime ministers and secretaries of state as peers. Equals. "So together, we become co-teachers," he says.
"And they, in this safe place, can say, 'well, we'll just try and if it doesn't work, we'll try something else. And if it doesn't work, we'll try something else.' We get better and better trying. And eventually they win. "They save the world every time. And they're going to grow up and hopefully be able to do that for real."