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Gifts of Culture

Source(s):  Centre for Systems Solutions - CRS
European Disasters in Urban centres: a Culture Expert Network (EDUCEN)

The Gifts of Culture board game is a role-playing simulation set in a diverse cultural community. Players represent various groups living in the flood-prone valley. Although their views and ideals differ, they are driven by the same goal - to improve living conditions in their communities. How will they achieve this goal under the constant threat of devastating floods?

Information exchange and collaboration can greatly enhance the decision-making process, however, diverse cultural backgrounds do not make this task easier.

The Gift of Culture allows players to experience and appreciate both challenging and beneficial aspects of cultural differences, helping to turn diversity into opportunity. Play and use The Gift of Culture game to enhance community flood resilience.


  • Learn how cultural factors affect disaster preparedness and ability to cope with the emergency situation
  • Improve collaboration and information sharing between organizations and individuals representing diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Promote more effective communication of disaster risk management among culturally heterogeneous communities

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Format Games, Activities, Exercises
Number of pages/running time 1,5 hour + debriefing min. 1 hour

Target audiences


Group: Children

Educational usage

reading level Educational (secondary reading level)
educational usage Extra-curricular/Informal
Extra Curricular Architecture/Engineering/Construction  •  Civics  •  Disaster Management

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  • Title in Original Language Gifts of Culture
  • Year of publication 2016
  • Author(s) Centre for Systems Solutions - CRS
  • Language(s) English, Spanish, Dutch, Italian
  • Price Unknown

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