Wednesday, February 18, 2009
"World Peace Game"--exposing kids to world problems and their solutions
I thought this was such a great idea, a board game called the "World Peace Game" developed by an elementary school teacher, Jim Hunter, link to article.
The World Peace Game assigns different leadership roles to kids and it's a great way to get kids direct exposure to solving problems, making tough choices, and working together for universal good. The only thing I would change about the game is involving more non-state or IGO actors into the mix. In today's globalized world, a Bill Gates has just as much influence on the world stage as does a national leader. And the power of individuals is increasing exponentially...we can't afford to leave them out of the mix or discount their voices. That idea should start early--ideally with kids!
Here's a snippet of the article:
"Some leaders get along better than others, but everyone gets a say. From a distance, it looks like chaos, but the hard, important work of negotiation is always going on.
At first, players might wonder whether the fun will ever begin. Once they get the hang of it, though, they can't wait to get back. But how can you win when so many different things come at you from so many directions and all at once? There's really only one way – by working together for peace and prosperity for all.
This job is even harder than it sounds. You have to be flexible. To succeed you have to give up some things you really want so you can accomplish things that are important for everyone.
Throughout the game, reports keep coming in about spy satellites, weather disasters, and stock markets booming and crashing. Nothing ever stays still."