Change Your World with 50 Euro
This game anticipates two arguments that people often give when explaining why they are not engaged in volunteer activities. From this perspective, “involvement doesn’t matter, only elite people and experts” would have the power to change anything.
The goal is for participants to realize that money is not the primary aspect of success and for them to begin to feel like experts themselves. Therefore, the trainer takes a symbolic amount of money as an example – 50 EUR for instance (you can also use a smaller amount in your currency) – and asks for inspiration as to what one can do with this amount.
Participants brainstorm possible project ideas and develop a concept consisting of goals, methods, and resources. The trainer emphasizes monetary and non-monetary sources for fundraising, motivating participants to become independent project designers.
 How to do it
 1. Explanation of the task
Make a suggestion of what you can change with 50 € in a day/in two hours/in two days in your environment/on a specific issue/in your university/... The winners will get a prize.
 2. Ideas
Participants divide into teams and plan their concepts.
 3. Selection
Afterward, all the ideas will be presented and all the participants will vote for the best two or three concepts. Surprisingly they will actually receive the sum of 50 € to implement the selected project ideas.
 In short
- Time: 2 – 3 hours
- Persons: This game is suitable for even larger groups like classes.
This method illustrates on a small scale what happens more elaborately in programs like EcoLab. Civil involvement, developing from personal individual motivation – finding all kinds of support, implementing a concrete project locally instead of theorizing and criticizing others. The project’s success does not depend on the initial 50 €. You can even use a smaller amount in another currency that might be even more symbolic to your participants.
- S. Wehrsig, A Galfanyan, N. Zimmermann: Environment and Civil Involvement - How Can We Connect Education for Sustainable Development and Active Citizenship Empowerment? A handbook for facilitators.Read full text online