CRISP - Crisis Simulation for Peace e.V.

The general principle of all simulation games is to create situations in which the participants are required to not only take decisions on their own but also to face both the implication of their own and other’s decisions. In our simulatoin games, we encourage our participants to conceptual involvement and responsible action.

Learning Culture

CRISP focuses on an experience-oriented learning approach. Simulation games offer opportunities to experiment with different behaviors and conflictual actions and thus can contribute to learning authentic and complex problem descriptions and developing a self-organised and practice-oriented learning culture.

Change of Perspective

A main feature of simulation games is the valuable experience of a change of perspective. Assuming a role in a conflict makes motives, constraints and possibilities of the different stakeholders more clear and comprehensible.

Social Skills

Moreover, by taking over a different role and assessing one’s own behavior and its effect on others the participants will develop empathy for each other. Apart from testing one’s social capabilities a simulation game will also improve important skills like negotiation, strategic planning and the ability to find compromise.

Democratic Consciousness

With regard to their content, simulation games are well-suited to make comprehensible a wide range of topics and political processes. Topics can range from communal politics, decision-making in the parliament, negotiations and conferences in a EU-context, violent conflict or any other crisis.

Simulation games turn participants into stakeholders and let them experience by themselves these political processes. Thus, our simulation games also promote the development of a democratic consciousness.

Critical Thinking

Particularly important to us is showing different possibilities for civil society to influence the political processes. Our goal is to promote the development of an active and critical citizenry in Germany and other countries.