Crossroads Foundation brought the ‘Struggle for Survival’ to Davos, again, as part of the World Economic Forum in January 2015, offering sessions for both Forum attendees and the general public. The old proverb says, “I cannot understand a man until I have walked a mile in his shoes”. The ‘Struggle for Survival’ is a not a talk or a video. It is a simulation that allows participants to take a few steps ‘in the shoes’ of those living on $2 a day, or less. The programme was created in collaboration with NGOs, field workers and those living in poverty. The simulation ‘compresses’ time and, in 75 minutes, seeks to re-create some of the pressures faced by those in need: the battle for education, shelter, medical care, water, food, corruption in the marketplace and the abuse of loan sharks in communities with weak legal infrastructure. The cast members are humanitarian workers, all volunteer, drawn from a range of nationalities. One of them, Misozi Mimi Goma, from Zambia, says, “I love to do Struggle for Survival because, although I don’t want to force poverty down your throat, I do want to show you some of the challenges my people face.” After the simulation, attendees explore ways to harness their company’s or individual strengths to engage with those in need.
Photos from our 2015 Struggle for Survival simulation x-perience in Davos:
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