Sometimes, the sheer number of projects we run somewhat overshadows the fact that innovative political education doesn’t always just drop like manna from heaven at planpolitik! Consequently, we were all the happier about some inspiring and sometimes heated discussions during a conference on the subject at the University of Göttingen. Why is the EU more difficult to “teach” than teachers and people like us would like it to be? That was the initial question posed by Professor Monika Oberle. Planpolitik’s panellist discussing possibilities and limits of EU simulation games – which rank among our most in-demand events – was Christopher Haarbeck. In the next few months, a comprehensive collection of texts on the topic will be available, do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested.
There will be more scientific discourse for us at the University of Mainz: We will present our paper “Simulating Europe: Choosing the right learning objectives for simulation games.” Indeed: Non scholae sed vitae discimus!
Ruhr-Universität Bochum – for some of us, this was “like coming home”, for others it was an interesting experience, not least architecturally! Shortly after returning from their summer break, our bosses ran an extremely productive simulation game training with lecturers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. It was so much fun that we wouldn’t complain if we were to visit this rather “out-there”-looking campus more regularly in the future.
One of our most delightful assignments in recent memory was our negotiation training for members of the German Red Cross’s care service department. We learnt a great deal about paragraph 11 of the German Social Insurance Code, renumeration systems and the considerable persistence of health insurance organisations during negotiations. In addition, our typically Berliner-specific outlook on regional dialects – i.e. they are about to die out – was proved wrong. They were very much on show here, making for an all-the-more colourful training session.
This year, te Seasonal School at Shanghai’s Fudan University took place for the tenth time. And we were there for the tenth time, making Shanghai planpolitk’s most visited international location. We did not expect that! And it is set to continue next year.This year, we premiered a fictional game scenario on the conflict in the South China Sea – it was quite exciting to talk to young people from the region about this.
For the first time, planpolitik has developed a game for a trade fair – for the European Information Centre and their stall at the IdeenExpo13 in Hannover. Quite an eye-catching presentation, if we may say so ourselves – a large EU pyramid consisting of yellow-starred blue cubes! What looks perfectly stable on the Photo, however, turned out to be somewhat impractical: half of the cubes were unusable after ten days at the trade fair. To think it took us what felt like five days to stick on those stars…luckily, the game was a big success with the trade fair visitors.
A little belatedly, we have realised that Klub Alpbach Hrvatska (Croatia), for whom we created a great game on occasion of Crotia’s joining the EU at the end of June, is the 100th partner we have worked with over the past 8 years. Excuse us while we pat ourselves on our backs – here’s to the next 100…
For the first time 8 EU simulation games by planpolitik are available on CD – including an extensive guide on running the games. You can order the CD for a token fee of € 50 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants of our simulation game trainings get a discount.
planpolitik is going online with simulation games! That is one of the big news of the last couple of weeks. After a lot of talks and considerations we are now looking for a web developer (full time) to work on the development of our online platform. Please give a call if you know a talented person.
On the 1st of September our long-time freelance trainer Klaus Schneider has finally become a permanent member of staff at planpolitik. On his agenda over the next few weeks he has a whole marathon of events, taking him on a voyage of discovery through Germany’s provinces. Good luck and congratulations!