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Card Game Workshop - Imagine Europe

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Card game workshop, “Playing for Integration: Diversophy for neighbours”, by Anne Fox & Line Mark Rugholt.

Fox and Rugholt invite you to play a version of George Simons’ Diversophy cross-cultural card game, adapted to fit the context of meetings between Danish residents and newly settled refugees.

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Playing for Integration: Diversophy for neighbours

The Diversophy cross cultural training game has been used over many years to prepare employees and individuals about to be sent on assignment in different cultures. The game has had global success and its founder, George Simons, in 2015, wondered if it could be adapted to serve a different purpose in the context of the refugee crisis unfolding at the time. Since then work has been done to adapt the game to the Finnish and other contexts and is currently being adapted to fit the Danish context.

Line Rugholt and Anne Fox propose to run a workshop demonstrating the adapted version of the Danish game so that participants can experience for themselves how the game could be used to bring together Danish residents and newly settled refugees. The game addresses the problem that it is difficult for the newly settled refugees to make low risk social contact with Danes.

In order to adapt the game which centres on common situations, the focus has been shifted from the business context to the family and everyday life context and therefore covers interactions that you may have in shops or as a parent of young children for example.

The game is played in small groups. Ultimately the idea would be that the small groups would include both native Danes and the target refugee group. However a good proxy would be the mixed culture group one often meets in the university context such as the Roskilde Imagine Europe Open Seminar. The card game is presented in English but when finished will include translations into Danish and Arabic. We are considering whether it might be worthwhile to also translate into the Eritrean language since many refugees in Denmark come from Eritrea also. We anticipate that the refugee target group will be able to cope with simple Danish. Since we are in the process of development, the cards will only be available in English during the seminar.

The workshop will consist of three parts:

1. Short introduction and background to the game (ca. 10 mins)

2. Playing of the game (45-60 mins)

3. Debrief (15 mins)

As we work on the adaptation, we begin to realise the critical importance of the debriefing part of the game. In its original format, the game is designed to lead to intense personal reflection. In the adapted version of the game, the intention is to promote a better mutual understanding on both the native Danes side and the newly settled refugees. However, we also recognise that by bringing together people from the same location, this is an opportunity to promote ongoing interaction between the native Danes and the refugees. The refugees who have been here for one or two years are in danger of being overlooked.

At the conclusion of the workshop we will be very glad to receive suggestions about how the game could be followed up with further local interactions.

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