This is a classic trust game for teams, designed to demonstrate
the concept of "win/win".
It is based on the "Prisoners' Dilemma" in
which two criminals who are arrested after a crime are immediately separated
into two police cells. The police know that they committed the crime but have
Each prisoner is approached individually and told that if they
and implicate the other person, they will get a significantly reduced sentence.
The dilemma for each prisoner is as follows: -
- If I confess, I get a reduced sentence and my colleague gets a full sentence.
I trust her/him not to confess and keep quiet, but s/he confesses, I
get the full sentence.
- If I trust her/him not to confess and keep quiet, and
s/he does the same, we can both walk free.
- Of course, if we both confess,
we both get the full sentence!
- Unfortunately, we cannot communicate now
we are in the cells and I do not know whether he will honour any agreement
we made before we were
The rules of the game are designed to reflect this dilemma with appropriate
win/win, win/lose and lose/lose scoring.
What you get
The kit includes: -
- Organiser's instructions on how to play the game
- Hand out template - Guidelines
for participants (2 teams)
- Scorecard template (2 teams)
- Hand out template - Guidelines for participants
- Scorecard template (3 teams)
- Organiser's script/handout template - Key
points arising from The
Prisoners' Dilemma Game
You may copy these for use within your own organisation as long as you
retain the copyright note.
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