Wednesday, 26 August 2009

1989 Simulation: Manual for Download

"Understanding the mechanisms of 1989 - a simulation on
regime change for use in youth and adult education"

The 4-6 hour simulation serves as an educational tool for understanding the
political and social dynamics of the 1989 regime changes in Europe.
The simulation is set in "Allonia", a fictitious communist country. Due to
recent food shortages demonstrations have started and are quickly getting
more powerful. If the status quo is maintained, the demonstrations threaten
to become so massive that revolution will occur. Therefore the simulation
participants (seven interest groups = actor groups) have to find a solution
that is acceptable for all the parties to the negotiations - a common
statement accepted unanimously is to be reached.

Complete simulation manual for download:

Are you interested in using the simulation? Please contact us and share your
experiences! With your help, we can update and improve the simulation manual
Please contact Anne Stalfort at Humanity in Action(, or Georg Pirker at AdB Germany

This simulation was developed by Humanity in Action Deutschland e.V. ( and financially supported by the German Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur (
In cooperation with DARE - Democracy and Human Rights Education in Adult Learning ( the Polish partner Fundacja Humanity in Action Polska the simulation was presented and tested at the DARE conference "Pathways Interconnecting History Education and Democratic Citizenship Education / Human Rights Education in Adult Learning"(May 29-30, 2009 in Berlin,