Okay, so the other day I was at youth group, playing a game. That game was war. If you haven’t played war before, it’s like dodgeball with obstacles. But why do we always play violent games? Why do we always die? Negotiation should be a game. Why do we not play negotiation games
So this is my idea for a game. I’m still thinking of a good name for it.
What you need
-two teams of about five to ten people each
-enough small lollies for everyone to have two or three, like m’n’ms gems or skittles
– two colours of coloured paper cut into squares, about ten of each colour. These will be split evenly between the two teams.
So the idea is that each team has squares of coloured paper, a different colour for each team, and there are different sizes, small and big. There should be about five small squares and five big squares for each team. Each team has a discussion about what there plan is, and then elects a representative to go and negotiate.
The idea is that small squares of paper represent two lollies, and big squares of paper represent five lollies. The representatives have all the lollies to negotiate with as well. Both teams are trying to get as many lollies as possible withing the constraints of having to swap all but two of their cards. It’s like currency. The negotiaters should be in a different room so that they are unable to see their teams. They have to guess what is happening outside.
What do the non representative team member do during this time? Well, they can lead raids into one anothers territory. They can eat each others candy. They can throw things at one another (they are on opposite sides of the room) . This is to stimulate a environment similar to that of actual international relations, where the opposing sides are doing their best to sabotage one another. It is hard to negotiate when you don’t know what you are negotiating with.
At the end, you count up what you have and eat the lollies.
This post was mostly for fun. But I would play this game (if only for the candy)
Really, though, why is violence such an integral part of games while negotiation and civilised exchanges are not?
Remember that next time you murder someone with fake bombs.