IMPORTANT NOTE: The Refugee Megagame, originally scheduled for 02/11/17, is now POSTPONED. Stay tuned for an announcement of the new date.
Currently, nearly 5 million Syrians have fled their country, and another 6 million are already displaced. Refugees from Iraq, Libya, and other countries have swelled this flood even more. And the numbers are not dropping.
What can communities do, in the face of this crisis? What role can interest groups, either supporting or opposing the US admitting more refugees, do? What can individuals do?
To answer those questions, we will be running a “megagame,” a large exercise that anyone interested in this issue can join. We will simulate what might happen if one community, the District Of Columbia, wants to do more to help refugees. Participants will form teams, representing the different players (the refugees, the DC government, the State Department, the Congress, church groups, etc.) in this drama. The actions of these players will determine the outcome. Each team is free to take the actions that their real-life counterparts might choose, such as building alliances, proposing legislation, filing lawsuits, organizing protests, or anything else they want to do.
The participants will have a chance to learn more about the refugee crisis. They will also talk to each other, as conflict and collaboration unfolds from their choices. They will play roles that they don’t occupy in real life, and they will have to make pragmatic choices in their dealings with people who don’t agree with them. Participants will…
- Learn from subject matter experts from government, academia, advocacy groups, and the press what the options are.
- Explore strategies that might work in the real world.
- Get a better understanding of people with different viewpoints than your own.
- Make connections with people who share your concerns.
If you’re interested, this web site includes information on how this kind of exercise, a megagame (a type of serious game) works.
If you want to participate or contribute, you’ll find information on those topics, too.
- What could you do?
- What would you do?