Participants of the simulation game at the ifa-Gallery, Berlin © ifa/Petker
Participants of the simulation game at the ifa-Gallery, Berlin © ifa/Petker

Prime Minister for a Day

How does it feel to sit as a politician on the opposition benches? What voice and impact do minorities have? And what roll does the civil society play in it? 20 fellows of the CrossCulture Internships Programme (CCP) tackled these topics in a simulation game on 31 October 2016 at the ifa-Gallery Berlin.

Let’s imagine that the EU and the USA create a common fond to support the young democracy and the rule of law in a fictitious country named "Transolvia". Who receives the money there and how much? And what interests are promoted through this process?

To understand this conflict and to find solutions for "Transolvia", the participants embodied different stakeholders such as the Prime Minister, opponents, civil society activists and international actors. The main diplomatic issue is then: how can participants manage to listen to different interests, moderate them and come up with a pragmatic solution?

Foto: Petker/ifa
Foto: Petker/ifa
Foto: Petker/ifa

Trough different eyes

The participants learned how to create projects and strategies for common goals and how to build essential coalitions. In opposition to joint goals, there were also plenty of self-seeking objectives that made things difficult. The simulation game gave the participants the opportunity to experience this kind of conflicts of interests. This change of perspective creates the foundation for a complete understanding of the different stakeholders.

The simulation was initiated, developed and led by CRISP e.V., an association based in Berlin, which welcomed the CCP fellows within the ifa-Gallery Berlin.

Veronica Cazacov

Veronica Cazacov

"In Moldova we are a multicultural country, but I never dealt with minority problems - for me, that was something really new. At the beginning, I was a little confused and I wasn’t sure about what I need to do. But after the first round it was clear and, without noticing, I was so much in the game that all my actions were about how to help my people and other minorities to keep their culture alive."

Moustapha Laalioui

Moustapha Laalioui

"As a prime minister, I tried intensely to respond to the people’s grievances and take actions based on their demands; however, sometimes I felt that the role I was acting contradicts my values, which made the game so exciting."

Natia Ubilava

Natia Ubilava

"Considering the cultural diversity of the participants, dialogue and communication became a key aspect of the game. Even though it was a simulation, it became so close to the reality. An insight that I gained after the game was that the perception of reality is so diverse and different from country to country.  Everyone perceives the facts and context from their own perspective that is shaped with specific cultural, political and social contexts."