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?
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.