Using Tomorrow's Headlines for Today's Training: Creating Pseudo-Reality in Conflict Resolution Simulation-Games
Negotiation Journal, Vol. 21, No. 3, p. 377
29 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2008 Last revised: 14 Apr 2015
Date Written: June 31, 2005
This article introduces the "pseudo-reality" method of constructing and conducting conflict resolution training workshops. This method focuses on creating a backdrop against which participants engage in negotiation and mediation skill-building, using real-life events and facts - but only to the extent that these events and facts promote the learning process. By creating pseudo-reality, trainers can overcome learning-hampering effects resulting from participants' strong preconceptions or bias on a topic, while at the same time preserving the advantages of working within a familiar, realistic environment. This method is meant to be used when the main goal of a workshop is skill-building rather than imparting substantive knowledge of a conflict. The method is demonstrated by describing its use at a workshop conducted recently in Cyprus, in which the Israeli-Palestinian conflict served as a backdrop for conflict resolution skill-building. Finally, the article provides a model designed to help conflict resolution trainers create pseudo-reality in their own workshop frameworks.
Keywords: Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, Israel, Palestine, Israeli-Palestinian, Israel-Palestine, Simulation, Simulation-games, Design, Simulation design, Pseudo-reality, Training, Skills
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