Now it’s official: in October 2015 we will facilitate the third Shaping Globalization conference in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Foundation, but what’s new this time: it will be a blended learning format – the participants, selected by the foundation’s country offices worldwide, will first pre-negotiate online proposals and drafts for the upcoming climate conference in Paris. After a three-week online phase, the participants will come to Berlin and continue the negotiations face-to-face, i.e. offline. After the simulation, the participants will develop ideas for an alternative climate policy – with the support of experts. The ideas stemming from that ideas lab will be widely circulated in the run-up to the actual Paris Climate Conference in December 2015.
The tranzit association from Budapest is keen to starting a discussion in Hungary about the supposed trauma deriving from the Trianon Peace Treaty after the end of the First World War, which resulted in a drastic reduction of the territory of the former Kingdom of Hungary. Greater Hungary thoughts are widespread in Hungarian society, not least because the peace treaty is still considered unjust by many, mainly on the right of the political spectrum. In this context, the association tranzit showed great interest in our historical simulation game on the peace treaties after the First World War. And after a very intense train-the-trainers workshop in Budapest they will now facilitate the game themselves with a group of Hungarian history teachers, hoping to trigger a discussion on the subject in Hungary and taking it out of the hands of right-wing groups. We would be delighted if our game could contribute to this process.
Zombert is member of Junite, our social network for children. The aim of Junite is to provide a platform for school kids to train their media competence and learn about the dangers of the internet – in a safe environment. Recently, we had the first test run: „Junite is really cool“, said nine-year old Tim. Of course, we are happy that it works. The project is funded by „Netz für Kinder“, a joint initiative of the German government, business and institutions dealing with child protection in the internet. Until summer, we will run further tests, revise and develop – then Junite will go online, as a tool for use in primary schools in Germany.
Test run of our newly developed game „S*Intro“ in Bonn.
How does exclusion work? What is the role of trust? Should rules be followed? When shouldn’t they? Do all members of society have equal opportunities? These are some of the questions raised through the card game, which we are developing in the framework of our EU project EDC for All. Design and rules may still change here and there but until the summer, the game will be ready for production and download.