At this workshop, you'll participate in a 45-minute displacement simulation, leaving behind your home, homeland, and loved ones in the face of violent conflict. Afterward, discuss how design can improve a refugee's challenging experience by reflecting on your simulated one, and then review, re-imagine, or refine this Mercy Corps-produced simulation as a digital experience. If you want to better understand the refugee crisis and their experiences, or seek an outlet to use your skills for good, join us.

In this Q&A, Mercy Corps provides additional insight on Thursday's Displaced workshop, focused on building empathy and awareness to the refugee crisis through simulation.

DWP: Tell us a little about the work you do at Mercy Corps.

Mercy Corps: Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. We partner with people in communities, connecting them to the tools and resources they need to survive crises, build better lives and transform their communities for good. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we put bold solutions into action - helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.

DWP: Can you share a little more about what the refugee simulation will touch upon? What simulations will be presented?

Mercy Corps: Displaced is a participatory workshop designed to shed a light on the refugee experience. During the 45-minute session, participants will be challenged to work together, step out of their comfort zone and shift their perspective on the global refugee crisis by making crucial decisions with the goal of finding safety and meeting basic needs during a crisis. Lively discussion will follow, exploring everyone's response to the simulation as well as the role human-centered design can play in aiding those forced to flee their homes. Finally, Mercy Corps will facilitate small collaborative groups, so you can lend your design expertise to translate and adapt the live-action simulation into a digital, online experience.

DWP: What's the biggest way people help support refugees locally? Nationally?

Mercy Corps: The best way to support refugees locally and nationally is to find the organizations that are working closely with refugee populations and to support those organizations; the second way is to vote for and support policy-makers who are offering their own supportive policies.

Event Details

Where: Mercy Corps Headquarters, 45 SW Ankeny St
When: Thursday, April 19, 6:00–8:00pm
Organizer: Mercy Corps
Cost: $15

Please visit the event page to register.