Understanding of sustainable finance and ESG strategies
Discovery of optimal approaches to maximise profit, ESG impact and reputation
Understanding the trade-offs relating to satisfying different stakeholder groups
Who is it for
This topic and experience is relevant for every global citizen
How does it work
Teams each manage a bank on the fictional island of Avalon and try to outperform competitor banks on financial performance, ESG impact and reputation. They must decide which loan applications to approve and how to attract savings deposits. Limited time, budgets and information mean every decision carries risk.
Minimise risk of greenwashing
Better decision-making from leaders
Improved ESG impact
More loyal customers
Companies who are playing this game
Channel your inner Attenborough
Rising Tides creates energy and alignment to truly impact the sustainability agenda through the lens of sustainable finance and ESG strategy.
The core game version is played over 2 rounds, simulating 6 years into the future. Round 1 focuses on greenwashing and the nature of competing stakeholder groups. Round 2 focus on the roles of different functions within an organisation to better serve the needs of shareholders, customers, the planet and wider society.
"As a result of this experience I will try to make more ethical decisions whilst considering the bigger picture"
"This experience is more engaging than other training I have experienced on this topic. Addressing the challenges of sustainable development through a financial lens is a good way to better understand the complexity and difficulties of the subject."
"This was a far better way of learning than normal. It was great to see what the future could look like based on our decisions of today".
This is what participants have to say about this game
Competing stakeholder demands
Topics & Tasks
1) Defining sustainable finance and ESG
2) The impacts of taking decisions with limited information
3) Understanding who you are working for
Understanding how limited information leads to high risk decisions
Topics & Tasks
1) Understanding evolving demand
2) Increasing organisational capability
3) Making informed decisions
Understanding that an effective strategy can deliver profit, customer satisfaction and positive ESG impacts
Who it involves
Normally between 12 to 24 participants in each session (but this is flexible), competing in smaller teams against each other.
They are led at all times by a facilitator either from PBS or the client.
How long it lasts
Most games are 2-8 hours. Some classroom courses last up to 4 days. We tend to avoid playing online for more than half a day in one go.
There is normally some brief pre-work for participants to complete and we suggest a short follow-up workshop to embed the learning.
Where it happens
Almost all of our games can be played face-to-face, virtually or a combination of both.
Increasingly, we are seeing demand for digital games to be played face-to-face in the classroom.
“This is the best training I’ve ever experienced”
Most corporate training is boring, irrelevant or immediately forgotten. Our approach combines experiential and social learning to create immersive, lifelike and memorable experiences.
Participants learn in a few hours what might take months or years in their real jobs.