MORE - Mediation Of Responsibilities and Exploitation
MORE is a role-playing game for conflict resolution. Players have the opportunity to practice assessing
difficult conflict situations and understanding different points of view and to train their negotiating skills.
To increase awareness on the roles of European institutions, Society (NGO, mass medias, etc) dealing with the immigration/international/difficult situation.
The role play is based on simulation, so players are asked to play a role and support their character's point of view to get the most favorable negotiation result. The choice to give a semi-structuring to the game is due to the intention to give the participants the chance to test their creative thinking and to benefit and let themselves be inspired by the dynamics that will be created also during the game.
Start by giving the students time to explore the background to the situation in Enotria by printing out pages 7 – 10 for everyone to read. It’s good to ask the students to think what aspects in the background information are certain to cause friction and have the greatest impact on the rise of the conflict.
Apart from the background information, everyone should read the descriptions of the characters in the game. In this way the students can identify the viewpoints that each character represents: who are perhaps opponents; who may have mutual interests to pursue.
The game has no winners or losers. In the ideal case, the parties find a solution and reach agreement, but it may also be that no solution is found. Even if the game ends without finding a solution accepted by all, this does not diminish the importance of the learning experience provided by the role play. The desired results are to increase the awareness of participants on conflicts, crises and mediation so that they can recognize the interests and motivations of the various parties, even in everyday life situations.
The game was played multiple times, with different target groups.
The evaluation forms showed that it was very appreciated by the participants. In particular for the opportunity that gave them to reflect and to consider other points of view in the negotiation phase. Some participants revealed a good potential of this game to help understand some political issues that are usually unknown. Speaking of the disadvantages, it was a general opinion that the time provided for the role play was not enough. Furthermore, several participants pointed out that receiving more basic information (definition of migrant, refugee, asylum) would help the negotiation phase.
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