The proverb says, “I can’t understand a man unless I walk a mile in his shoes”. Participants in our Simulation don’t simply hear a talk or watch a video about the world in need. You briefly step into the shoes of others, and gain empathy about their lives.
Poverty Escape Simulation
In our poverty simulation, participants will assume the role of someone living below the poverty line. Together with other members of their family, they’ll struggle to earn enough for their basic needs from month to month. Learn what it means to live below the poverty line.
Learning in the Dark Simulation
How do you cope without your sense of sight? Navigating from place to place would require the use of your other senses. What are the details you look for when being given directions to a place? Our Blind guides will show you how to navigate through a world without the sense of sight, and share their experiences with you at the end of the journey.
LISTEN Deaf Simulation
The ability to hear, to LISTEN, is something that a lot of us take for granted. What happens when we take away your ability to LISTEN? How do you order food? What about emergencies? Be guided by our Deaf facilitators as you navigate through these scenarios, and LISTEN to them share their experiences and difficulties.
Old is gold. Age is just a number. Are these a true reflection of aging? During the Aging Simulation, you put on an aging suit and experience physiological changes to your entire body. Widen your perspective of our aging society and learn more about the joys and challenges of aging.
Why do we develop and offer simulations?
As the Chinese proverb puts it: ‘I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.’ Participants find "experience" far more impactful and lasting than talks and documentaries.
We invite participants to walk in the shoes and see through the lenses of others. As one participant told us after participating in a poverty escape simulation, “Researching online or reading books would not have taught me what I learned in the past hour”.
We offer simulations for those who wish to empathise with social challenges other people face. We also hope to empower them to turn this empathy into thoughtful, meaningful and effective action.
What do we want to achieve?
Education:We give participants greater knowledge of social challenges.
Empathy:We engage the heart, head and hands of our participants.
Reflections:We get participants to learn from each other through sharing during facilitated reflections.
Are they realistic?
It is always a challenge to portray a social issue in a sensitive way. A simulation can only mirror the real thing to a certain extent. In this, the simulation format faces the same challenge as other forms of communication: movies, documentaries, living museums, speeches or written papers. All may fail to give a 100% representation of the social challenge.
However, if designed appropriately, each simulation can portray their subject matter in a way that allows participants a deeper identification with the subject matter and a fuller understanding of ways to solve them.
To help guide this process, when we seek to represent any particular need through simulation, two imperatives are of critical importance to us.
Firstly, we work alongside people who have faced or are facing the issue we are addressing so that we can best represent the issue through the simulation. Secondly, we work with VWOs/NPOs who champion the social issue.
These two groups help steer the development of our simulations: the story line and its trueness to life, the props and set that best reflect reality, and the points they consider of critical importance for participants to take away.
What is the outcome?
We have started exploring simulations, design and run them since 2014 and have observed participants becoming more motivated and better able to relate to the social issue when they are doing their community service. We hope our Empathy Experience simulation can inspire more social projects and further engagement in the community.
What is the intensity of the simulations?
The intensity varies but some could be more intense than the others. Our simulations are checked for safety and participants can be assured that they will not come to any actual harm. At any point during the experience, if participants feel they cannot manage, they may step out of the simulation and speak with our experienced staff. As of date, no participant has requested that.