PEOPLE POWER: THE GAME OF CIVIL RESISTANCE
One thing that defense/war departments and military strategists do quite well is game out different scenarios so they can try out various plans and actions in the simulation so that they might eventually learn what the best course of action is to take in real life.
Since nonviolent action involves much of the same strategizing, planning, and disciplined training that is required for military action, why not game out scenarios and try out different nonviolent strategies and learn how to win that way? This is the goal of the turn-based strategy game, People Power: The Game of Civil Resistance. The game was produced by the same company that made the film, A Force More Powerful, and it is designed to help activists and scholars better understand the various dynamics at play when waging a civil resistance struggle, provide an interactive way to analyze various kinds of conflicts and then try out different strategies to emerge victorious in those conflicts using nonviolent actions. Voice of America did a short segment on how the game emerged and how its being used around the world.
Click here for instruction on how to download the game for free. The video below provides an overview of the theories and principles that support the game and a tutorial on how to navigate and understand the game’s interface along with some ideas on how to start playing. If you are familiar with computer games, you can jump right in start playing. However, if you feel like you need a tutorial, I would recommend watching the entire video below, or at least jumping to 00:13:57 in the film.
Reflection Question: Immerse yourself in People Power: The Game of Civil Resistance for at least 20 minutes. What was this experience like? What knowledge, skills, or perspectives on nonviolent resistance did you gain, if any, by playing the game? For what kinds of learners would this game be appropriate or effective?
- People Power: The Game of Civil Resistance (official site)