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Undecided voters are invited for a Wee Play

This opinion piece is almost 10 years old

Juliette Summers is urging undecided voters to hone their thinking on the referendum through card game Wee Play.
Juliette Summers
Juliette Summers

Current discussions on the Scottish Independence Referendum are framed around a political format of Yes v Better Together, often producing adversarial debate.

The Yes and Better Together campaigns are laying out their stalls, competing to win Scotland’s people over and convince them that their vision of our country’s future is the right one.This can be alienating for many people, can polarise opinions and groups, and be an obstacle to genuine exploration.

At this pivotal point in history Wee Play creates a safe and trusted space where people play to learn about the issue and form their opinion on it.

So Say Scotland, working withNew Economics Foundationfellow Perry Walker and Angus Hardy from theScottish Community Alliance, has developed an engaging card game which creates a safe space for people to play, to learn, and hone their opinion on the Independence Referendum. The game, Wee Play, has been developed to facilitate open and non-confrontational conversations in communities about the topic

So Say Scotland is a people powered movement for democratic innovation across Scotland. We are a politically neutral, broad minded, non-profit and currently voluntary initiative.

To play, all you need is a pack of Wee Play cards, six to eight people, a table, and an hour and a half to two hours. You don’t need to know anything about the current debate and the rules are simple and easy to understand. The pack is divided into three suits: pro, con and information cards on the referendum.

It aims to enable ordinary people to learn about and discuss complex scientific, political and ethical issues. Pilot games have been successfully tested by a range of groups, including schools.

At this pivotal point in history Wee Play creates a safe and trusted space where people play to learn about the issue and form their opinion on it.

In April we are launching a crowd funder, with the first full game being played as part of Tartan Week in New York, on 8 April.

To find out more, visit, and register your interest in playing the game. To support So Say Scotland, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or get in touch at [email protected]

Let’s get Scotland playing!



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