The game LESS IS MAX is inspired by the book «Human Scale Development» by the Chilean economist Manfred A. Max-Neef (in collaboration with Antonio Elizalde and Martín Hopenhayn), Receiver of the 1983 «Right Livelihood Award», widely known as the Alternative Nobel Prize, and the name of the game is a tribute to the author.
«Human Scale Development» is the result at a year and a half´s work of a team of professionals from Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Canada and Sweden, ranging in disciplines such as economics, sociology, psychiatry, philosophy, political science, geography, anthropology, journalism, engineering and law. The team’s research concluded that there are nine fundamental human needs, which are finite, few and classifiable and can be seen across all cultures and all historical periods. What does change through time and cultures is the way by which these needs are met.
LESS IS MAX simulates a vital journey for the player, where the only thing they have (or not) is time. A journey in which, on some occasions, one chooses or at other times, just as in real life, fate takes a hand providing experiences that either empower us or weigh us down. Players embark on a journey, not without surprises which they do not take alone, but instead accompanied by 7.5 billion people and many millions of other living beings with whom we share the planet.
The intention is not to judge using this game but rather leave it up to each player to find their own answers. The important thing is knowing our needs and the process by which we improve ourselves to get closer to becoming the best version of ourselves, not only as people but as a society. We hope that you have fun playing this game, that it makes you think about the ideas and maybe even give them a chance.
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LESS IS MAX is a FUN and AMAZING bidding game that will make you THINK.
If you dare to compete and cooperate, here is a suitcase ready for you to take flight, discover the world and yourself in the process. And remember, travel happy and travel light!