Future Choices

Storytelling makes consequences of your decisions tangible

The debt trap is a common threat – in Austria, 15% of all filings for personal bankruptcy are from people aged 30 and under. In the fourth year of the digital FLiP Challenge, the Erste Financial Life Park (FLiP) team, the Vienna Debt Counseling Service and ovos wanted to show how quickly you can get bogged down in debt, and how to break free again.

Client
Erste Bank
Year
2021
Type
Playful Trainings

This year’s edition is not called “Future Choices” for nothing: We are faced with many big choices in life, but also plenty small, seemingly trivial decisions with consequences that are not immediately visible to us. So when we started working on the concept with FLiP and the Vienna Debt Counseling Service, it quickly became clear that the focus this year would be on storytelling.

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Part 1: Storytelling-app with 8 different endings

In a dedicated ovos play app for FLiP, you’re presented with many choices – and shown their consequences.

Two young characters are available for selection at the start: Hugo, a young man from Mistelbach, Lower Austria, and Sara, a young woman from Innsbruck, Tyrol. For both characters we have prepared different paths that the players can take.

 

In their story, the two are confronted with the four most common reasons for debt at a young age:

  • Housing
  • Unemployment
  • Self-employment
  • Balancing income and expenditur

The players themselves decide which ending their story will reach – for both Sara and Hugo there are eight different futures. And it’s going to be exciting – what will be like a terrible glimpse into the future for some, will be the perfect path for others, in which they feel comfortable.

The app is available for free at the Apple AppStore and at Google Play – plus it can also be used on a PC as a web app.

Non-linear storytelling with ovos play

Together with FLiP and the Viennese debt counseling, many ideas were spun and linked. As soon as the first story tree was ready, we were able to show how perfectly storytelling can be implemented in ovos play. We presented the many possibilities for linking content along the way.

Learning through storytelling means that learners relate what is told to their own lives and anticipate future life situations in their imagination. This is exactly the approach of the FLiP Future Choices app. By immersing themselves in stories, players experience how important certain decisions are for future life and can thus experience their own history indirectly. Using the app enables an individual, self-directed learning experience.
Nina von Gayl, curator FLiP

Part 2: Future Choices Quiz Challenge

How much knowledge stuck with you while experiencing these stories? What did you learn? What do you learn about budgeting, income and expenses?

Budget planning

Why is a good budget plan a great tool to avoid losing track? What do you need to keep in mind?

Income

When pocket money, gifts, and your first salary ends up on your account, this can be overwhelming at first.

Expenses

Income should always exceed expenses – but what if it doesn’t? Often we lack understanding and overview of expenses that can be incurred.

Happy Birthday, FLiP!

Since 2017, over 100,000 pupils have visited the Financial Life Park at Erste Campus. We congratulate on the success of this initiative and wish all the best for its 5th birthday!