A Force More Powerful: teaching nonviolent tactics via gaming

By Howard Rheingold, published at 10 May 2007 - 8:12pm, last updated 10 years 40 weeks ago.

A Force More Powerful is a computer game that teaches tactics of nonviolent conflict:


Can a computer game teach how to fight real-world adversaries—dictators, military occupiers and corrupt rulers, using methods that have succeeded in actual conflicts—not with laser rays or AK47s, but with non-military strategies and nonviolent weapons? Such a game, A Force More Powerful (AFMP), is now available. A unique collaboration of experts on nonviolent conflict working with veteran game designers has developed a simulation game that teaches the strategy of nonviolent conflict. A dozen scenarios, inspired by recent history, include conflicts against dictators, occupiers, colonizers and corrupt regimes, as well as struggles to secure the political and human rights of ethnic and racial minorities and women.