The simulation game Transolvia addresses this issue by showcasing the interactions between government representatives, international donors and members of civil society and allowing participants to develop new perspectives by taking on new roles in the dynamic. Twenty-three international participants from the Cross Culture Programme run by IfA (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), currently doing internships with a variety of German civil society organizations, came together for a two-day workshop with CRISP on 13. and 14. November to examine the role of civil society in their countries as well as the changing landscape and challenges for this vital element of democracy.
The workshop participants were 23 Cross Cultural Interns from countries ranging from Egypt to Bangladesh to Belarus to Indonesia and many others who are currently volunteering at German organizations for a duration of two to three months.
The purpose of the seminar was to acquaint the participants with the method of simulation gaming as a means of examining, from a new perspective, a situation that is present in their own country and a subject which is relevant to their own work in civil society. The participants also interacted with one another to learn about the phenomenon of “shrinking spaces” for civil society and what it looks like in their respective countries.