The Derby House Principles on Diversity and Inclusion

Lessons Learned has enthusiastically committed to the Derby House Principles, a global declaration on diversity and inclusion in serious gaming.

The text of the Derby House Principles is as follows:


We believe that promoting diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do.

Diversity and inclusion are more than just words for us. They are the hard-and-fast principles guiding how we will build our teams, cultivate leaders and create a community that supports everyone in it. No one should ever feel excluded or less welcome because of gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, or background. Experience and social science has shown that diversity can generate better results, in analysis, insight, and professional decision-making.

As professional gamers we are committed to the Derby House Principles:

1) Promoting inclusion and diversity in professional wargaming, through the standards we set, the opportunities we offer, and access to activities we organise.

2) Making clear our opposition to sexism, racism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination across the board, as well as in wargaming.

3) Encouraging a greater role and higher profile for colleagues from underrepresented groups in our professional activities.

4) Seeking out and listening to the concerns and suggestions of our colleagues as to how our commitment to diversity and inclusion could be enhanced.

5) Demonstrating our commitment to diversity and inclusion through ongoing assessment of progress made and discussion of future steps.

Connections North (Canada)
Connections UK
Connections (US)
Serious Games Network—France

*Derby House in Liverpool was the location of Western Approaches Tactical Unit during WWII. 

WATU conducted some of the most consequential wargaming in the history of armed conflict. It was staffed by women from all walks of life, and men considered unfit for duty sea through illness and injury. Between them was the breadth of tactical, technical, social and cultural knowledge necessary to train naval officers from every Allied nation.

While Lessons Learned has always vocally upheld principles of equality, dignity, justice, and respect, we certainly can and should be doing more to promote diversity within our community. This is a commitment which requires active participation, and we are dedicated to actively improving inclusion in our project teams and in our community as a whole.

Read more about the formation of the Derby House Principles here: