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The links in this section are to games and simulation activities that can be used in peacebuilding trainings or other activities around peacebuilding.
Rational Games has an app for learning how to negotiate called Negotiate: Bidding for Babelsberg. Click on the link above or find it at the following links:
iTunes App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/negotiate!/id877675214?ls=1&mt=8
Google Play Store: http://goo.gl/U2vMPf
Amazon App Store: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MAGWM6C
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The Ore Wars simulation is a two-team, iterated prisoners dilemma situation, designed to work with groups of 6-12 participants. It revolves around an interplanetary conflict set in a sci-fi setting, with enough of a Star Wars-y theme in the background for students to latch on to for motivational purposes – or ignore if they are not the type.
The simulation is free to download and includes a teacher’s guide.
For a simulation with larger groups, see The Pasta Wars.
Abstract:The PASTA WARS is a four-party negotiation/conflict simulation-game, in which participants must decide recurrently whether to adopt a cooperative stance or a competitive strategy towards one another. Participants are formed into four groups, each of which manages a flour mill that is attempting to sell its produce to a single purchaser, the local pasta restaurant, over a series of rounds. Each mill’s profitability is dependent not only on its own manufacturing strategy but also on that of the three other mills. In this way, they are subtly placed in an iterated four-way Prisoner's Dilemma, and they must maneuver, in an environment of limited communication, to develop relationships with each other and to build trust as a means of enabling personal and joint gain.
This document contains all materials needed to conduct the simulation-game, as well as notes for teachers on game-management and debrief.
For a similar activity with smaller groups see Ore Wars.
USIP shares a number of simulation activities that can be used in peacebuilding trainings.