The Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation invited us to the event „Politik_Lab. Demokratie 2.0” in Hamburg. During the event we organized three different workshops, on the topics of “Energy and Peace”, “Integration” and the “Arab spring in Egypt”. During all workshops the students dealt with questions regarding the possible forms of participation in modern democracies. In order to make this task more practicable we organized two simulation games and our colleague Zina El Nahel from Egypt led a workshop regarding the role of the social media during the Arab Spring in Egypt in 2011.
More than 240 students from Hamburg, Bremen and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern came to participate.
At the end of the day all of the participants were thrilled by the workshops as it was the first time for most of them to participate in a simulation game. Especially Zina’s workshop opened the eyes of many that it is actually possible to actively influence the political process through social media.