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Giving Back Charity CSR Events To Help Disaster Victims

Greetings from The Go Game!

Last week, our San Francisco office filled with the smell of smoke as cities just north of us burned in the worst fire in recent California history. We’ve followed stories of our friends and neighbors in Houston, Puerto Rico and more cities affected by some of the worst storms in US history. Many people around the country need help, and we need a spirit of togetherness more than ever. Our staff at The Go Game has been talking about how we can help, and we have some ideas that we want to invite you to participate in with tips on how to engage your employees in Giving Back/CSR/Charity programs.

How You Can Participate

The Go Game will donate a portion of our October sales to people displaced by the fires. So just by booking an event with us, you will be helping disaster victims. In addition, here are several charity event ideas that we can set up for you to help disaster victims:

Games that can benefit a Disaster Region

1) Collect donatable items for victims in our Giving Back with Backpacks Game

During this event, your participants will fill backpacks with supplies for any disaster region, with items such as bed time supplies for kids or toiletries for a shelter, while enjoying the playful spirit of our bestselling Classic Game. We’ll help you research what items will be most helpful for the regions you want to benefit and get them to people who need them most.

2) Play our Benefit Game Show Our Game Show is humor with heart

We will theme our Game Show around any region or demographic you want to benefit, and points translate to a donation for the organization of your choice. Play dress-up for the cause with our costumes (examples: wear animal costumes for animal shelters, pink for breast cancer, or superhero costumes for any cause because you are being someone’s hero.)

3) Get Prepared with our Disaster Preparedness Game Practice

CPR to the beat of Stayin Alive and learn other important safety protocols for how to handle disasters at home and at work in a fun, competitive game. This event can also be set up to educate participants about recent and historic disasters and benefit victims of a disaster region by translating points to dollars.

4) Drum-a-thon for a Cause

When the going gets tough, the tough start drumming! We’ll bring the drums and the band leader, and your team can drum it out while learning about the cause or disaster region of your choice.

Other CSR Charity Games

5) Build Bikes and Bring Smiles for Kids

This fun event culminates in a feel-good donation for kids in your neighborhood. Each team builds and decorates a boy and a girl bike. Test the bikes and your agility in our obstacle course!

6) Be Referees in our Color Wars for Kids

Who will be victorious? The Red, Green, Blue or Yellow Team!? We’ll set up an event where your participants are the “referees” and the teams playing are children that you want to delight. We can suggest a non-profit partner if you don’t have one.

7) Plant a Fruit Tree Orchard

Get out your shovels and roll up your sleeves! A fruit tree orchard provides shade, nutritious fruit, and an outdoor classroom for generations to come. We’ll teach your team how to plant a fruit tree orchard at a community or school site. (California groups only)

Tips for Increasing Employee Participation in Charity/CSR Programs

1) Match Employee Donations

Your employees are more likely to give if they know they can make an even bigger impact with a matched donation from your company. Put employees into fundraising teams and make it a game! The team that raises the most funds for their cause can have their donation matched 3-fold by the company, while all other groups get a 2x match, up to a comfortable cap for your budget. Find out what causes employees value and choose the right recipient that aligns with your brand values by vetting NGOs with

2) Reward Teams’ Positive Performance with Giving Back Days

61% of millennials prefer to work somewhere that offers volunteer days. Show your employees that your organization shares their values by finding out what kinds of giving back opportunities they are interested in and setting up events for them to give back.

3) Set up a Long-Term NGO Partnership

One-off volunteer days are great, and you can make an even bigger difference for your community when your organization has a multi-year relationship with a non-profit partner. Not only does this provide a stronger impact for the recipient organization, but it is less work for you to organize efforts from event to event. Be sure to only promise support you can deliver on, whether your company has a great year or a terrible one.

4) Track Your Impact

Nothing creates momentum like the feeling of racing towards a goal — together. Go artistic and analog with a drawing of a thermometer on prominent wall of your office to show funds raised. Go digital with fundraising tracking tools like GivingTrax. Publish these philanthropic efforts in an annual sustainability report to build your brand among employees and the public.

5) Recognize Contributors

Encourage friendly competition by recognizing outstanding efforts on giving back campaigns or other corporate sustainability programs that support making the world a better place. Give awards employees will be excited to receive. These can be as simple as a wall plaque or an extra day off work.

6) Set up a Lunch and Learn or Happy Hour

Employees are more likely to show up to learn about a cause if you feed them! Set up a lunch & learn or a happy hour and invite a speaker from a local organization to educate your team about how you can make a difference in your community. Don’t have a speaker connection locally? Post on your social media pages asking friends to introduce you to someone in their network.

‘Tis the Season to Plan Your Holiday Party!

It seems like just yesterday you were grilling hot dogs at your Summer BBQ Kick Off and now you’re already scrambling to deck the halls for your company holiday party. Wondering how to keep the bah-humbug out of your holiday festivities this year? We guarantee you can’t find a grinch in sight at any of these holiday shindigs. Fa la-la la-la!

12 Teams A-Running

Explore your city as you scurry around on our Classic Holiday Scavenger Hunts. How tall is the tallest Christmas tree? How many candles are on a menorah? What is Umoja? Find out the answers to these questions and more in our best-selling holiday game.

11 Tricky Puzzles

Put on those thinking caps (or Santa hats) and figure out how the CEO stole Christmas. We’ve got a set of brain-busting puzzles that will require not only your team’s sharp investigative skills, but also their wit and creativity. A great time for the most analytical members of your team.

10 Smiling Children

Spread your holiday cheer by having fun and giving back this year. From building bikes to gathering school supplies for kids, your team will look back on their contributions and smile.

Also, with recent natural disasters in Texas, Asia and Africa, we can partner with you to set up a give back event to support victims of any of these regions.  Learn how to be prepared yourself with our Disaster Preparedness experience.

9 Lip Syncing Santas

Does your team have what it takes to rock around the Christmas tree? Pick your favorite song to lip sync to, our choreographers will give you some moves, and we’ll create an unforgettable music video holiday card that the rest of the company will surely love.

8 Michael Jacksons

Have you dreamt of flash mobbing your coworkers with Michael Jackson’s Thriller? Or what about Beyonce’s End of Time? We are ready to make your dreams come true! Turn your and your coworkers into your favorite pop star in an impressive flash mob

7 Bars To Crawl To

Prance to your city’s watering holes with fun missions at every stop along the way. Whisper the secret password to the bartender to get today’s special! Find the best eggnog in town, dust off your karaoke caroling, and compete in some classic head to head challenges. A rowdy good time in any town!

6 Mannequins Frozen

Is your team ready for the Mannequin Challenge? Our choreographers and videographers will help your team get poised and ready for the ultimate game of freeze! This video becomes a once in a lifetime holiday card for colleagues, friends and loved ones when you unfreeze, jump up and shout “Happy Holidays” at the end!

5 Different Decades

Is Bob from Accounting a jazzercise junkie? Is Sandra in Marketing obsessed with The Beatles? Let us throw you the ultimate decade party!  So whether you want to polish those disco shoes or your unpack treasured AC/DC tour shirt, we’ll bring the costumes,  trivia, music, and some fun challenges to get you mingling and laughing with your coworkers like never before. 

4 Shiny Colors

Embrace your inner red, green, blue and yellow for a holiday competition of Color Wars! Compete in a series of absurd challenges that will have you laughing all the way into the new year.

3 Rounds of Trivia

How many sides are on a dreidel? Which country claims Christmas Island as its territory? You’re the next contestant in our hilarious holiday game show, complete with custom questions about your co-workers and boss.

2 Groups of Drummers

We’ll bring the band leader, drums and piles of percussion instruments to prove that your coworkers have more rhythm than a shaking Santa. Pa rum pum pum pum!

1 Planted Orchard

Instead of decorating a tree that only lasts until January, why not plant a tree or rather an orchard that will last for years to come? The Go Game has partnered up with our fruit tree planting friends to teach you how to plant an orchard that will feed a village.  (California groups only)

Submit an inquiry for your team’s holiday party today.

Wildfire Preparedness Game 2017

From August 1 – 14th, we are inviting families across Amador and Calaveras County to participate in a fun interactive Wildfire Preparedness Game. This game is free, open to the public, and designed for all ages! Winners will be eligible for awesome local prizes. 

In this game, families will complete creative challenges related to:

  1. Home & Property Fire-Proofing
  2. Family Communication Plans
  3. Evacuation Strategies
  4. Go Bags & Emergency Kits

The game can be played anywhere, at any time!. You can play the game on a desktop computer, a tablet, or a smartphone (all you need is cellphone reception or wifi). You can play for as long or as short as you like, you can start and stop whenever you like, but keep in mind it may take a few hours to complete the entire game. Points will be awarded based on number of missions completed, humor, brilliance, and creativity! 

Winners will be announced via email, so if you would like to be eligible to win prizes, please submit your email address when prompted in the game. 

How to play?

If you have an iPhone or Android, go to the app store and search for an free app called: thegogame (no spaces). Look for the orange logo. Found it? Great! Download it. The password is tio.

If you want to play on your Desktop, go to The password is tio.

Feel free to log in now if you like, but the game won’t be live until August 1st!

We also recommend you download the CAL FIRE Ready For Wildfire appIt is not required to play the game, but it might help you win! It’s also a great resource for people who don’t want to play the game but want to receive tips, alerts and resources for local wildfires.

Why are we doing this?

This is a free community game organized by Jenny Gottstein. The goal of this game is to share local preparedness resources and build community resilience in a way that is engaging, memorable and fun! Wildfires are terrifying, but preparing for them doesn’t have to be…

A few years ago we produced a Wildfire Preparedness Game in Volcano and it was a huge success. You can see photos from that event here. But this year, we wanted to design a game that could be played by families throughout the two counties. Because after all, resilience is a team effort.

What is The Go Game? 

The Go Game designs high-tech adventure games around the world. Since 2001, we’ve produced over 16,000 games for over 1.5 million players in 25 countries. Our games are used for training, tourism, marketing, team-building, education and just pure fun. Learn more about our play here:

In 2010, we organized the first Earthquake Preparedness Game in San Francisco, and since then have brought interactive Disaster Preparedness Games to communities, organizations and companies around the country. With the extreme drought conditions and alarming wildfires in California, we are hoping to support resilience and preparedness efforts in rural communities through play.

Want to get involved? 

It takes ALL HANDS ON DECK to prepare for a wildfire, and we are actively looking for individuals / organizations that would like to offer their feedback and resources to make this community game a success. If you have tips, resources, suggestions or questions please reach out to 

We are also looking for people to help us spread the word to families in Amador and Calaveras, and for local prize sponsors. If you can help in either capacity, be in touch!




Stay Cool In The Summer with The Go Game

Sometimes playing in the sun is not always that fun. It can be a lot of work to convince your team to PLAY in the heat. Don’t worry, you don’t have to push your team event off until winter.  We’ve got a handful of games that are a guaranteed good time, regardless of the summer weather outside.

Game Show

Step right up and get those buzzers ready for our Go Game Show! This blend of Family Feud meets Minute to Win it meets Not So Newlyweds will have your team floored with laughter from the get-go. Our witty Go Game hosts will test your team’s knowledge on pop culture, random facts and even company-centric trivia.

Mystery Puzzle Game

Who done it? We don’t know! Grab your notebook and magnifying glasses to help us crack one of America’s most unsolvable mystery puzzles of who killed Zachary Taylor. As leading cryptologists, your team will work through a series of artifact puzzles to figure out one of America’s greatest mysteries.

Indoor Lawn Games

They say the grass is always greener in an air-conditioned space. Bring the fun of our outdoor lawn games inside! All you need is a large indoor space and a minimum of 50 people and you’ll be playing favorites like Tug of War and Giant Jenga in no time.

Leave the sunscreen at home and take a look at our favorite indoor games. Email our sales team to book your summer team building event today.

Is it too late to transform your boring workplace?

It’s Wednesday at 2pm and you are bored. You glance at the rows of desks where your co-workers sit quietly transfixed on their glowing monitors, as if they are all being beckoned to “go to the light”. A spreadsheet gleams back at you from your own screen, the sexy allure of its many complex calculations has faded long ago. You start to shake with Facebook withdrawal, as it has been 40 minutes since you checked your last pithy post that has received only one like…from your mom.

You think back to the days when you interviewed for this job. You were asked something like, why do you want to work for this company? Your answer was inspired by genuine enthusiasm, but now you consider any option to shake things up, even writing a Jerry McGuire style mission statement to rile up the masses. You reconsider, but realize that it’s up to you to keep up your enthusiasm. Below are some great ideas for doing just that.

The first thing you need to do is stand up. Your body was not designed to be slumped in a chair, shoulders hunched over, while you type incessantly. Standing and moving around a bit reminds you that you are indeed a living organism. This also gets the lymphatic system moving, which keeps you healthier as well.

While you’re up there, try putting on some music and starting a brief impromptu dance party, like they do at Haberman, a Minnesota based marketing agency. (This may seem odd and even bothersome for some folks. Depending on your culture, you may want to check with management first and schedule the dance in advance). Otherwise, you can put your headphones on and have your own dance party. Your gyrations are sure to entertain those around you who may also be bored.

Now that your body is moving and you have gotten your dose of play for the day, it’s time to get creative! There are probably people on your team or on different teams, who are going to brainstorm in the next few days. Request to sit in on those meetings and contribute to the brainstorm session, whether it be a new marketing strategy or product changes. You will feel more fulfilled in your role because you will gain a greater sense of how your efforts fit with those of your co-workers on other teams.

You can also change things up during time away from your desk. Try a new local coffee shop in the morning or a restaurant for lunch. Or start a lunch and learn program, where different team members can share their expertise. Meals are a great opportunity to meet new people or strengthen existing relationships with coworkers. More meaningful relationships at work can improve your satisfaction and productivity.

Part of the rejuvenating power of a vacation comes from simply disrupting the patterns that lull you into complacency. Breaking your routine on a more consistent basis will break through the boredom so that you feel happier and more fulfilled at work.

Vegas Conference Success!

Have you ever been to a conference where your CEO serenades you from a rolling disco ball? Or staged an epic team music video to some top trendy hits? We’re sure you’ve at least created a 2,000 person art project by throwing paint-filled objects at a projectile art wall.


We know what you’re thinking — there’s no way a conference could be this imaginative and, lest we say — fun? It’s hard to imagine your company’s annual conference as the highlight of your year, let alone your month. Well we heard one company’s cry for fun and brought our Go Game expertise to Sin City to make sure 2,000 employees experienced their best conference yet. Safe to say it was a success.

Our Go Game team stopped at nothing to make sure these attendees were having a good time during their two days in Las Vegas. From the moment they got their conference badges in hand, the fun was in constant motion…literally. We were dropping people off at their breakout sessions all day as they belted out their classic Karaoke tunes in the Karaoke Rickshaw. When they weren’t singing their favorite Cher song, these attendees were using their talents to make their very own custom music videos with full props and costumes. Once their taste of stardom was satiated, they moved on over to the Projectile Art Wall. Here they launched paint-filled eggs at a series of rotating canvases. We had to give these folks a rest from their stressful days of creating art and music, so we planted magicians, stilt walkers, poi spinners, and dancers throughout the conference. And of course it wouldn’t have been a Go Game extravaganza without a Classic Go Game scavenger hunt.

Our team had SO much fun helping this company get reignited about breakouts and conference sessions. Let us make your next conference something memorable too.

The Go Game White Paper on Play

“Click here to read our white paper, “Play: The New Secret Weapon for Healthy Workplaces”

At the Go Game, we dedicate our days to very important matters.  We ask questions, significant questions. We delve into research about cutting-edge advances in business, science and technology.  We strive to understand and overcome the great challenges of our time and bring you the answers.  Time after time, our research comes back to one thing – the pure potential power of one team coming together for the common purpose of building the highest spaghetti tower in the world. Simply put, play changes everything.

 If you read our most recent blog post, it is already old news to you that many companies are facing abysmally low employee satisfaction. On average, only 32-33% of employees feel engaged at work, and according to the Harvard Business Review, in 2016, “21% of Millennial workers had left their job in the last year to do something else.”

So what’s going on?  With numbers like these, employers are seeking to understand what motivates workers and are exploring new solutions to keep them around.

Top researchers have found that in the end, it all comes down to workplace culture.  The Society for Human Resource Management’s latest Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement Report ranks “respectful treatment of all employees at all levels” as more important than compensation. Company culture can determine an employee’s motivation and retention above his or her actual paycheck!

Harvard Business School Management Professor Amy Edmondson agrees. She asserts that when a lack of Psychological Safety leads to poor communication and disengagement, productivity and innovation suffer. These negative norms make workers less likely to take potentially beneficial risks or participate actively in meetings and collaborative projects.

Modern employees genuinely want to be engaged at work. So how can employers create motivating, inclusive environments? The results are remarkable, and the answer is simple: PLAY!

Want us to prove it? Sure thing.

Jane McGonigal is a game designer and author of The New York Times bestseller, Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.  She set out to discover WHY interactive games make people feel like they can participate and achieve in ways they may feel otherwise limited.

McGonigal outlined these four qualities that games bring out in us:

Urgent optimism. This is the immediate need to take on a challenge, coupled with belief in success.

Weaving a tight social fabric. We trust and even bond with people better after we’ve played a game with them.

Blissful productivity.  Doing something complex and meaningful is more fulfilling than relaxation.

Epic meaning. People love to make a difference on a global scale. 

It is easy to see how these four pillars translate to a work environment. When employees play team-oriented games, they are working together to problem solve, overcome obstacles, and creatively collaborate in a fun, lighthearted atmosphere. This creates trust, openness, and optimism, which are proven to improve employee engagement, productivity, revenue, and retention.

As Mihaly Csikszentmihaly writes in his bestselling book, Flow, “The more a job resembles a game – with variety, appropriate and flexible challenges, clear goals and immediate feedback — the more enjoyable it will be regardless of the worker’s level of development.”  See? Work should feel like play!

Play builds community, accountability, and psychological safety. Employees who feel supported are more likely to take risks and openly express their ideas and opinions. In an economy in which creativity can determine whether a company succeeds or fails, play just might be the newest pillar of the workplace (built upon the strong foundations of spaghetti.)