1) PREP: you will be given a briefing document that outlines the scenario and the objectives and you will individually be given 5 minutes to prepare. Make sure you understand the brief before you start to prepare. Ask any questions you should have. After 5 minutes, you can’t ask questions anymore.

2) DURING: you will then begin the 15-minute role-play.

3) REFLECT: at the end of the exercise you will discuss what happened in the group, how the group reached their decision, and what motivated your choices.

Ready? Begin now…

Watch the video and as a group, choose one of the post-apocalyptic worlds.

When you have chosen one of the post-apocalyptic worlds. Read this information:

Earth will not remain habitable for long, time to find another planet, says new research

Bad news, fellow denizens of Earth: According to some new astrobiological research, our home planet will not be habitable for much longer. As our Sun gets older, it will get larger and warmer, eventually leading to the Earth becoming uninhabitable — first to humans and other complex life in fairly short order, and then, in around 1.75 to 3.25 billion years, to all cellular life as we know it. Due to anthropogenic climate change, and other variable factors, we don’t know exactly when human life will become untenable on Earth, but the conclusion of the study is pretty clear: Our time here on Earth is finite, and we better find our way off it sooner rather than later.

Now you will get role cards. You play yourself with or without an enhancement. In 15 minutes, you need to select 2 people within your group who get to go to the new planet to build up a Utopia there. Present your case why they should choose you to be one of the selected few to go to this new world. What can you do that would be of use in this new world? Who will you leave behind to deal with the post-apocalyptic horrors of daily life on an unihabitable earth?

After 15 minutes you will present to the other groups which post-apocalyptic worlds you have chosen and who got to go to the other planet, and why your group decided on those 2 people.

Now reflect:

  • How did you plan for your role? What lead to the decisions you made in your role?
  • What challenges did you face taking on these new roles? What was harder or easier than expected?
  • If you had to do it again, what would you change?
  • What parameters did your group base their decisions on?
  • What do these parameters say about your group and about you?

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