For the fifth time, we facilitated a simulation game at the Europe Summer Academy of the Bertelsmann Foundation. The simulation of a fictitious international crisis seemed very close to reality, according to one participant who sent these two tweets after the game: „Never before I learnt so much in such a short period of time about the obstacles of international negotiations“ and „the sad realization: we seemed to be very close to reality with our acting during the game.“
Two weeks ago, we successfully completed the online simulation games on the European Parliament. The pilot phase fullfilled its purpose – a real test-run which generated many important insights for our online team. Now, it’s about fine tuning the platform until we will hopefully launch it in fall. In the meantime, we used the opportunity to present the platform at the conference of the international simulation and gaming association ISAGA in Dornbrind/Austria.
In June we facilitated a negotiation training at the renowned École Nationale d’Administration in Paris. The participants were diplomats from 13 different countries – not the everyday setting. They seemed to be very content and thus we very much hope that we will be invited back to ENA soon.
Finally, here is the the short film on our idea labs during the EYE event in Strasbourg – feel free to spread it. In addition you can download a summary of the best ideas generated during the labs in Starsbourg. We maintain that some of the ideas are genuinely innovative and worth to be further discussed. But check out for yourself.
After four very successful years, our cooperation with the Advanced Training Programme on Crisis Communication of the University of Zurich will come to an end. Our simulation games on crisis management in administration and NGOs were among our yearly highlights – like this year in early July. Unfortunately the programme will be closed, and with that our cooperation will end.
For the second project meeting of the EU funded project EDC for All! we spent 3 days with a group of ten game developers in Portugal. The aim was to come up with creative ideas for two new games for training purposes in Education for Democratic Citizenship. The new game concepts look very promising and we now hope that they actually work in practice. During lunch breaks, we even managed to have a nice swim in the Atlantic ocean, and at night: World Cup – close to perfect working conditions…By the way, the project has a new logo.