In November last year, we made and played a Ethical Fashion Trump Card game that we were developing for the Fashion Revolution Day Education Pack. Its aim is to encourage its players to think about their clothes and fashion ethics, a topic that’s more important than ever after the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 24 April last year. It’s a playful way of encouraging some serious discussion about who and what we are wearing. Here, we want to showcase the new FRD pack … and to provide a match report that will give you an idea of how the game can be made and played in your classroom, home, shed … wherever you play cards!
The match report
6 teams of 8 students each made one or more cards in the first 15 minutes. One student was elected from each group as their player, and we staged a 6 player tournament at the front of the classroom. The cards were shuffled and dealt. The game began with player one calling out a brand (Cheap Monday!), a category (policies!), a grade (A+!), and then slamming the card on the table (drama!). The other players then took the card at the top of their pack, one after the other, called out its brand (Calvin Klein! or Adidas!), and its policy grade (C-! or A+), and slammed their cards on the table. The audience gathered round, watching their cards being played, helping their players to win and lose each round.
In each round, the player who called out the highest grade took all of the cards, and started the next round. If there was a draw – like between Cheap Monday and Adidas, both with A+ grades for their policies – the ‘key fact’ could be played: had the brand / company signed the Accord? In this case, only Adidas had (only very recently, the referee had to say), so that was the winning card.
The game went on with rounds in which, for example, only ‘worker rights’ scores could be played. It ended with a ‘winner takes all’ round, with the 3 remaining contestants. This was dramatic: a draw that was resolved by the key fact. The Accord-signatory won. Well done Adidas! Good job you signed the accord. Nobody wants a losing card. Whoops all around.
After the game ended, we discussed what had happened, why some cards were worse to play that others, why – with one exception – the policy grades were higher than the ‘workers’ rights’ grades, and how to find out why by looking at brands’ detailed free2work ‘score cards’. So, 40 minutes into class, we were talking about, asking informed questions about, and having a good idea how to find out more about the relations between ethical trade policies, transparency, monitoring, workers’ rights and the Accord.
This game can be made and played by any group of people trying to learn the basics and/or intricacies of Ethical Trade and Corporate Social Responsibility. In addition to the learning resources produced by the Fashion Revoluton Day team, we have assembled resources that could flesh out this topic on our ‘What (not) to wear’ website. DIY card games are just one way to teach controversial issues in the classroom, a point we made through this Lego re-creation. Yes.
Let us know how your games and tournaments go, by emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweeting us (and @Fash_Rev) via @followthethings using the hashtag #fashtrumps
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If your use twitter, you can’t wait for a game, or just want to make a few cards at home to show people, take a photo of a card you’ve made about something you’re wearing and tweet it with the hashtag #fashtrumps. Your tweet will appear below…
The post was originally published on Ian Cook et al’s followthethings.com blog.