Parable of the Polygons – A Playable Post on the Shape of Society by VI Hart and Nicky Case.
From the post:
This is a story of how harmless choices can make a harmful world.
A must play post!
Deeply impressive simulation of how segregation comes into being. Moreover, how small choices may not create the society you are trying to achieve.
Bear in mind that these simulations, despite being very instructive, are orders of magnitudes less complex than the social aspects of de jure segregation I grew up under as a child.
That complexity is one of the reasons the ham-handed social engineering projects of government, be they domestic or foreign rarely reach happy results. Some people profit, mostly the architects of such programs and the people they intended to help, well, decades later things haven’t changed all that much.
If you think you have the magic touch to engineer a group, locality, nation or the world, please try your hand at these simulations first. Bearing in mind that we have no working simulations of society that supports social engineering on the scale attempted by various nation states that come to mind.
PS: Creating alternatives to show the impacts of variations in data analysis would be quite instructive as well.