The JRC SES continues to trigger the interest of a wide range of people. We received many requests to access the game from different organisation but also we were asked to explain in a more visual and concrete way how a session works. That is why we collected the video material we had from previous sessions and created 2 short videos. You can look at one of them below.
Latest game sessions
A few months ago Anita Pirc-Velkavrh, head of the foresight group at the European Environment Agency (EEA), participated in a scenario exploration session. As she perceived it as an interesting experience, she convinced the EEA to expose more of its staff to the JRC SES. This would create a critical mass of people who could then reflect on what the JRC SES could offer them, especially regarding reflections on the sustainable transition. The session went very well and the feedback received (through a questionnaire) was in line with what we usually experience. The SES was clearly perceived as an enjoyable way to help participants take a future-oriented perspective and to reflect systemically while bringing strong learning elements to all. The de-briefing at the end of the session was also a clear testimony to how powerful the SES is to trigger deep conversations between participants. Interestingly, the participants had decided to focus the scenario exploration on food sustainability. We hope that this will lead to follow-up.
Children played the SES for the first time
We are maintaining a constant effort to understand the potential of the JRC SES to engage with all categories of people. So far, we had engaged with people from the Commission, from industry, from civil society (both from structured organisations or from the public), from policy making backgrounds, from academia, women and men, of ages ranging from 17 years old to the early sixties.
Time had come to see if the JRC SES could be used to engage with children. Therefore, when the occasion came, we held a session including two children of 13 and almost 15. Circumstances made that not only did we have the two youngest persons who ever explored scenarios with the SES, but we also recruited their grandmother who ended up being the oldest person to experience the SES! This time, in line with the interest of the children, we used Sustainable Transitions edition of the SES to explore the issue of the future of health care in Europe. We had to spend a bit of time explaining some concepts (in particular in the policy-making area) that the children were not familiar with at the start, but then it went really well. We all had a lot of fun and stayed on to the bitter end. We even skipped dinner and overcame the tiredness that comes when we do this in the evening. The depth and clarity of actions taken by the children were impressive.
If you want to learn more or organise a session, please do not hesitate to get in touch !