Name of the tool: Apollo Democracy (Journey to Space)
Theme/subject approached: Explored the theme of quality of democracies around the world.
Objectives of the tool:
The objectives of the tool are:
– To expose what a participative democracy is (and its benefits)
– To expose what an elective democracy is (and its draw backs)
– To be a participative tool to enable youth to unknowingly be part of a political process and decision making
– To compare the challenges of team based decision making and communications skills
– Expose the role of “hidden” players in politics such as political advisors
Target-group: students and young people (14-30 years old)
Number of participants (minimum and maximum): Maximum group is 20 people (8 per team) with two facilitators.
– Space currency: “wikis”
– Shopping list (water, food, medicine, luxuries etc)
– Team packs (badges for “team Star” and “team Moon”)
A big room, require space for two teams to work separately. Also need a space to place the team leader who is in the representative democracy group.
Duration: 40 minutes.
2 groups (max 8) split into two parts of room. One team is a representative democracy (Team Star) and one a participative democracy (Team Moon).
Task one is to elect their leaders. Both leaders are democratically elected. Both teams have the same list and same currency levels.
Both groups are planning a space trip. They have a duty to buy limited supplies from a list they are provided.
On the face of it this is equal, fair and both democratic.
However after election, the representative democracy team (team Star) is informed by a facilitator that newly elected leader must leave briefly. They are hidden and cannot return to the group.
Both teams are then given the chance to choose their shopping list. Team Moon have their leader with them and choose their shopping list as a group in a limited time (3 minutes). Team Star, left without leader is also asked to select their list as a group in the same time (3 minutes). However the leader is the only person able to really buy the supplies. The leader and its group cannot talk directly and the leader is handled by the advisors.
Role of the advisors: their role is to advise the leader to buy supplies for its group.
At the point or revealing the shopping lists, it is clear, regardless of both groups being democratically elected, its got to be the quality of leader and quality of political democratic involvement that enables people’s needs to be met.
– What were both groups experience of selecting their lists?
– What were the differences?
– How did the leaders behave before, during and after elections?
– Did you agree on the shopping lists?
– What are the messages translating into real life?
– How can youth help overcome these issues in Europe and countries?
Adaptability to other themes/topic:
This can be adapted to any situation that seeks to explore the quality of democracy or decision making in a country.