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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Cashflow! - Edutainment in a box

Here's quickie post, a very short Edong's Dream: Cashflow!

There's this board game called Cashflow about personal finance and investing. I first read about it in Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.

Here's a good first hand description of what Cashflow is all about from fellow blogger, Gabby Dizon: Thoughts on CASHFLOW

I'd just like to add a few reflections Kelmer and I had after playing the game:
  • Wouldn't it be great if this game could be played by many people? It's so effective that with just a few pieces of cardboard (well thought out, of course), it can teach the players so many personal finance lessons that you wouldn't learn in ordinary circumstances.
  • Wouldn't it be great if there were a Filipino version of this game, and that it would be played by the common tao at the neighborhood sari-sari store. (just like tong-its or dama). If through this game, the basic lessons of finance are taught to the common tao all around the Philippines, it would have more impact than any economics/finance seminar or course offered in any business school. Galing, 'di ba?
  • And Gabby, (my gaming developer e-friend), what do you think about developing a PC game that teaches teens how to handle their finances? In the likes of Anito or Gunbound or Tantra, but as educational as Cashflow. Whattya tink?
There. Short, wasn't it? Through Umberto Eklat's blog, I found a group that plays Cashflow every Wednesday.
7pm - 12 mn
mezzanine of Charterhouse
#114 Legaspi St., (across Burger King, Greenbelt I), Makati.
The group isn't doing this as a business nor as a "service" to society. So be polite when you go there ;-) . Thanks a lot to Mr. Del and Ms. Alma, our gracious gurus in our first game of Cashflow. Special mention: Del did a good job of "good cop/bad cop" (or anghel/demonyo if you will) which really made first time gamers think about our moves.


ka edong

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  • At 6:38 pm, Blogger gabusch said…

    Actually, right now I'm more interested in making a board game! But a software version of it would be nice as well.

    It could be localized with people spending for e-load and maing their Citibank cards so that Pinoys can relate... but more importantly it should stand up well on its own and not be a Cashflow rip-off.

    I'm thinking about it...

  • At 11:21 am, Blogger Edwin "ka edong" said…

    right on, gabusch!

    have you read the book by Colayco? "Pera mo, palaguin mo". I found that very Filipino. There are more pinoy books on finance, one by Bo Sanchez, and another one entitled "The Rich Pinoy". I'm sure there'll be a lot of ideas that you could gain from those books when designing your Philippine Boardgame.

    maybe in the Filipino boardgame, you could include some finance tools of the poor -- like pawnshops, the neighborhood bumbay, micro-finance (which i'm studying now for my thesis), the nuances of OFW remittances, _access_ to remittance services like Smart Padala ....

    just rambling off ideas.

    o, kung kailangan mo ng beta tester sa board game mo, ha! ...

    3rd world usiyosero

  • At 9:19 pm, Anonymous anton said…

    ka edong,
    are you guys still playing this game? Can I join one of these days? of course, I don't know most of you guys but what the heck, I'm here to learn.

    let me know if the wed games are still on.


  • At 12:20 am, Blogger Edwin "ka edong" said…

    Hi Anton,

    It's a regular wednesday group. It's an open invitation so you can just walk in and join in. Just be courteous. ;-)

    I've attended only once. Learned a lot in the two hours I was there. You should try it.




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