Thursday, 28 April 2011

Workshop Results: “European Transitions from Dictatorship to Democracy in the late 1980’s”

Humannity in Action Germany hosted a Workshop in early March entitled EUTRA - European Transitions from Dictatorship to Democracy in the late 1980’s.”

Supported by the European Union Lifelong Learning Program "Grundtvig" the workshop brought together thirteen EU residents with different national and educational backgrounds. The age diversity contributed significantly to intellectual content of the workshop. Some participants had directly experienced political transformation in Eastern Europe. Others came of age after their country of origin had undergone major changes, but brought memories from their childhood and family stories.

The workshop included lectures, site visits, discussions and testimonies by eyewitnesses and culminated in a simulation game centered around a fictitious country in the throes of political upheaval and regime change. The simulation asks dominant interest groups and stakeholders to come together to negotiate a course of action that is acceptable to all.

The simulation manual is available for download and further use at the Humanity in Action Simulation Library.