33. European Simulation And Gaming Forum

17 / 18 June 2021, for the first time as online event

The 33rd European Business Simulation Forum took place on June 17-18, 2021. The forum is the largest business game conference in the European area. The aim of the event, which takes place every two years, is to present the variety of the business game method, to show future developments and to talk with other business game players about possible uses and applications. Due to the pandemic, our 33rd business game forum took place as an online conference for the first time.

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Topic of the 33rd business game forum was

Facilitation
Emotional - digital - central.


"To facilitate" can be translated as "enable, facilitate, promote, support" (source: www.leo.org).

Methodologically, facilitation stands for supporting a group of people to achieve their goals in a self-directed manner. The role of a facilitator accompanies the group through this process, creates the spatial, temporal and methodological framework and enables the participants to develop their goals and solutions in the best possible way. As a facilitator, a high level of personal presence, an empathetic attitude and neutrality in terms of content are important prerequisites.

What does this mean in concrete terms for facilitating business games? To what extent is the role of the facilitator emotional and how do you deal with emotions? What are the challenges for business game facilitators in the digital space? What is the central point? We discussed and exchanged ideas about these issues. Besides that, there was of course a lot of room for playfulness, interaction, small talk and networking.