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Simulation Exercise

In somebody's shoes

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This video (see the link below) introduces is a variation of a well known tool of role-play used to encourage discussion on an "uncomfortable" subject and to provoke the discussion on tolerance and understanding.

Aims of the tool

- to experience the variety of opinions in the society
- to "try" on somebody else's point of view
- to reflect on why collisions of opinions take place in the society

Description of the tool

Each member of the group receives a description of his role. The roles vary between two extremes, depending on the subject, but both sides of the extremes, as well as neutral roles, should be present. The facilitator introduces the topic and the aim of the discussion. The task should be to reach an agreement, on whatever is the main subject of the exercise.
After the participants either reach a solution or a time limit, a de-brief and a discussion follows.
Following video illustrates possible flow and topic of the role-play:


  • my consideration is that, this role play looks like a brainstorm. it is very simple to act but more important is that respect i think the others. thanks for your afford.

    Unknown , 5 May 2014 19:28:20
  • so nice video I really liked it !!

    Mohamed Mahmoud , 17 May 2014 05:24:55

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Tool overview

This tool is for

young people, youth-workers.

and addresses

Social Inclusion, Conflict Management

Materials needed:

role cards


45-60 minutes

Behind the tool

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The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Jana Kukk (on 2 May 2014)

and last modified

13 March 2014

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