For eight years, planpolitik was a fixture during the annual fellowship program of international NGO “Humanity In Action”. Every year, 30 participants from all over the world developed simulation games on topics related to minority rights and human rights. Out of this arose a great collection of simulation games, some of which we now use ourselves.
After an introductory test game and the presentation of a checklist for the development of simulation games, the participants of this training seminar began developing their simulation game scenarios in small groups. Over the course of the week and under our guidance, they turned the scenarios into finished games. Many hurdles had to be taken to ensure a good plot developed and the groups of actors were well chosen. Of course, we are very familiar with these types of difficulties.
The intensive structuring work and need to pay attention to detail generated many interesting games, some of which can be downloaded for free at www.humaintyinaction.org – a number of them have already been used during numerous human rights training events across the world.
The global mix of participants made this simulation game seminar a particular pleasure. Since the groups fully developed their scenarios and role profiles, there weren’t just good ideas but immediately usable simulation games.
Facts + Figures
Young, interested and dedicated people from all over the world
Humanity in Action
Learning to develop and facilitate simulation games
For the participants of our international summer programmes, it is a real challenge to develop simulation games in small groups and to then test them in the larger group. The experts of planpolitik guide this process very professionally. As a final workshop to a four-week programme on human rights within immigration societies, the simulation game workshop is an ideal opportunity for the participants to apply what they have learned as well as to work towards concrete results.
For Humanity In Action, Simon Raiser and Björn Warkalla guide the development of simulation games on human rights dilemmas with great pedagogic skills, sound background knowledge in political science, as well as with professionalism and humour. This collaboration is always an enriching experience to us, both, didactically and with regard to content.
Antje Scheidler and Anne Stalfort (Humanity in Action/Germany)