In the summer of 2014, we received a phone call from a member of the Serbian Organisation Institute for Youth Development KULT: They were about to hold a seminar with first-time voters in Serbia and were interested in playing our simulation game “Democracy lab” as part of the seminar. Would it be possible to be sent the game materials?
We agreed to provide the materials for a license fee – we thought it was a worthwhile project. According to the feedback from Serbia, the game was a great success. Of course, we were a little disappointed not to be able to have travelled to Serbia for this exciting project ourselves. But at the same time we are very happy that our simulation game contributed to conveying to the many participants how politics actually works.
For KULT, we provided the materials for a one-off use only. But in our experience a license to use the materials without any prior training is only advisable with very simple simulation games.
Some partner organisations have purchased licences for more complex games for use in several instances or for unlimited use – after we had conducted a training for the facilitation of simulation games with a selected group of multipliers. Such licence agreements are in place in Tunisia, Vietnam, Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Germany.
We do prefer to conduct our games ourselves – not least so that we can guarantee the game fulfils its desired function. However, if it helps to increase a project’s sustainability, we are more than prepared to negotiate a licence.
Facts + Figures
- Independent facilitation of a simulation game
Shortly - it was great! Participants really got into the simulation, and we had an excellent media team who conducted a talk show. Our evaluations show that participants value this form of learning, and they learned a lot about the elections. There was really that - AHAAA moment, especially from the younger participants (who had never voted before).
Tatjana Ljubić, Institute for Youth Development KULT