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The OmaStadi game

In the OmaStadi game, players come up with ideas for the City’s participatory budgeting plans, serving as support for the planning process.

brainstorming participatory budgeting
Objectives Brainstorming for participatory budgeting
Duration 45-90 min
Equipment Instructions, playing cards, idea template, pens and paper.

OmaStadi is a problem solving game with the goal of coming up with suggestions for the City’s participatory budgeting. In 2018–2019, the City of Helsinki allocated 4.4 million euros to be spent as the citizens decide, with the idea of developing a more functional Helsinki together. The game has been developed together with the service design agency Hellon.

How is the game played?

The game has four stages. A new team starts playing from stage 1 and proceeds according to the instructions. The game is also suitable for further development of existing ideas. One game takes around 45-90 min, depending on the number of players.

In the first OmaStadi round, the game was played actively with residents and different communities. The plans formulated through the game were submitted to the City of Helsinki’s OmaStadi service at From there, they first proceeded to be evaluated by the city and then to a voting stage open to the public.