Venture to Crystal Island!

Battle encroaching darkness and journey from “ME” to “WE”

For teachers, Crystal Island delivers profound learning through role-play and collaboration.

For Activists, Crystal Island opens possibilities for community organizing and local empowerment.

For Kids, Crystal Island offers a world of creativity and a future defined by cooperation over competition.

Crystal Island is a collaborative digital game that enables middle and high school students to develop basic financial skills, discover how the design of money perpetuates disparity, and imagine how local currencies and new digital technology could be used to create inclusive, sustainable communities that foster economic mobility.

The game is designed to be played by 4-6 players in educational and after-school settings.  Companion materials allow teachers to engage with students about how money (or lack of it) affects their lives, how money differs from wealth, and how learning about money in a bias- and stigma-free context enables students to understand and access our money system while also inventing new ways to achieve prosperity for all.

Learning Phases

1. Personal Finance




2. Communal Finance

Shared Resources

Public Well-Being

The Role of Taxes

3. Money as a Tool

Facilitated Exchange

Collaboration vs. Competition

Money vs. Wealth

Many Monies for Many Uses

The Story of Crystal Island

Downloaded App

iPads or SmartPhones
Common WIFI

Ages 10 and Over
4 to 6 Players

Fun to Play!

“When I got the Crystal Tuning  talent, I thought: what the heck? It was cool when I learned I could  use it to solve other  people’s problems.” Sebastian, Switzerland, age 13

“I loved playing the Mayor. It was hard to keep everyone healthy and happy, but it was fun, too!”  Elija, Manhattan, age 10