We’ve expanded yet again, and we are very happy to welcome our two new employees Helen Böhmler and Klaus Schneider! Both of them will focus on developing and facilitating events. So far, Helen has worked for us as a freelancer. In the coming months she will focus on European issues as well as online projects. Klaus has been one of our longest standing freelancers – and has now become an employee for the second time – after having replaced Christopher on his paternity leave two years ago. Currently, Klaus is developing one simulation game after another, among others, he was involved in developing our game for Bayer AG.
As at the premiere in 2014, planpolitik will facilitate 10 ideas labs at next year’s European Youth Event. At the EYE, taking placing in May next year, around 7,000 young people from all over Europe will gather at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. This is to think about a better Europe – but also to talk, dance and get to know young people from every corner of the continent.
The key topics of our ideas labs could not be more topical: participants will address terrorism, organised crime, a human rights charter for the internet age and the cultural inclusion of young migrants. In order to ensure a broad foundation for the content of the workshops in Strasbourg, EYE participants will use a micro blogging website developed by us to share their critique of Europe’s current state as well as visions for positive changes. Based on these contributions, concrete proposals for improvements will be developed. Here another of our very own software developments will come into play: participants will use our conference app in order to nominate the best ideas which will then be given to the MEPs as inspiration in the summer of 2016.
Football is awesome. It becomes even better when kids are playing it. And if there are unaccompanied underage refugees from all over the world in the team, it’s ACTION time! Therefore planpolitik has decided to sponsor a whole set of football shirts for the U-19s of SV Sparta Lichtenberg 1911 – featuring our logo, of course. For a long time, we have been fans of the club’s work – that of the team of coaches around Horst Krzyszka – because their work with and dedication to the boys from the U-19 team is a fine example of how applied integration can work. We are proud to be able to make a small contribution.
Sometimes good things really do come to those who wait: the launch of our social test network for children JUNITE has been moved to spring 2016. We now have clear evidence that we are headed in the right direction with this concept: numerous test rounds at primary schools in Berlin and Lower Saxony have led to very good feedback from teachers and pupils alike. The concept also passed the test of critical analysis from media pedagogues such as Klicksafe.de, Jugendschutz.de, Helles-Koepfchen.de. Therefore, in October 2015 the initiative “A Net For Children” has agreed to a raise of the project’s budget. When JUNITE hits the market next year, young internet users will learn how to recognize and navigate the dangers of social networks – by way of an exciting story about villains, aggressive viruses and other internet pitfalls. They will learn how to use social networks with awareness and in a secure and fun way.
We have facilitated no other event more often this year than Next Level: Europe – The Game of the Regions. Financed by the State Chancellories of the 16 German Federal States and the Representation of the European Commission in Germany, hundreds of pupils from all over Germany were able to learn more about the role of the regions on the European level. The project even took us to the Saarland – the only federal state planpolitik had never visited before. 2016 will see many more editions of the game – we’re looking forward to it!
The simulation game materials can be downloaded for free here. In every German state, there are also trainings for multipliers on how to use the game and its materials in class and in youth work.
„No discussion“ – is the provocative title of a youth conference on political extremism by the Federal Agency for Political Education. It will take place in Nurnberg at the end of January 2016. planpolitk is going to kick off the conference with a set of short simulation games, after which we will moderate the remainder of the conference. Up to 170 young multipliers from all over Germany are invited to address – among other things – forms of right-wing extremism, salafism and left-wing militancy. Workshops and plenary debates will focus on how to deal with positions of political extremism in everyday situations, at school, at work or at the football club, as well as how to strengthen democratic structures. Applications will be taken until January 10th 2016. Spread the word!
It is not often that we get to work with the same group several times. But so insistent were the “Encore” cries of the alumni of the Klaus Töpfer Fellowship that we came back for a sequel of our negotiation training. How can negotiators overcome the blocking of multilateral negotiations? How does one deal with conflicts between and within negotiation teams? These were obvious questions following our rather demanding simulation game “Water Conflict”, which we played with the Fellows on the island of Vilm last in spring. For the new training seminar, they had to take on their “old” roles once more and learnt further techniques of integrative negotiation: define interests, broaden options, and create win-win solutions. Furthermore, things were lifted to an interpersonal level: recognise and address conflicts and chair conflict talks.