Sustainicum Collection

Consus The aim of the project is to establish a regional science-society network for sustainability innovations in Albania and Kosovo in order to strengthen the connection and collaboration of institutions in the field of higher education, research and practice.

Resource facts

  • More than 10 students
    Independent of the number of students
  • Up to 3 lecture units
  • Internet connection necessary
  • English

Resource Description

Instruction file

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The Tower of Babylon(Resource ID: 186)

This game requires an hour to introduce, play, and discuss. It can be used with groups of any size, so long as each team of maximum 5 people have the necessary game kit of 75 wooden blocks and a separate table on which to build.

This is a frame game that can help participants think about and discuss sustainability at any level: from personal health up to global development. It does not require a computer. The instructor does not need to be a specialist in the field, but needs only to be a good facilitator who can lead participants through a structured discussion of the relevant questions. The game comes with slides for introducing the rules and slides for identifying and discussing the main lessons.

This building block comes with the following files:

Contact details for borrowing physical devices
The game kit of wooden blocks as necessary to play the game may be borrowed from the Centre for Global Change and Sustainability ( at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (
Learning Outcomes
Give the participants an opportunity to experience in an abstract simulation the tradeoff between investing fixed resources into measures that raise short-term output and putting them into measures that raise long-term stability of the system.
Relevance for Sustainability
There is an inescapable tradeoff between resilience and efficiency. Normally this is not even recognized. The game makes it obvious
Related Teaching Resources
No specific previous knowledge / related resources required
Preparation Efforts
Funded by
Funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research within the framework of the call "Projekt MINT-Massenf├Ącher" (2011/12)

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Dennis Meadows


Helga Kromp-Kolb
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Center for Global Change and Sustainability


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  • Game