As you can read in the article, the poverty simulation is a powerful educational experience for businesses, service providers, community members and policy makers. Building empathy empowers us to more effectively address the systemic changes needed to improve outcomes for our communities and the folks living in them who are impacted by poverty.
Here is a taste of the Salem Weekly article:
A highly-rated exercise that allows participants to ‘walk in the shoes’ of those in poverty, promoting empathy and sparking more useful, authentic responses to those living in need, returns to Salem this November.
“I remember feeling the stress in the room when the simulation was occurring,” says Kristen Aubert, who helped organize SAIF Corporation’s participation in 2014 and 2015. “People were scrambling, confused, frustrated and sad. It was a very moving experience to witness, and I heard many coworkers discussing it days and weeks later.”
SAIF, an Oregon workers compensation insurance provider, participated in the program because it knows that both customers and even co-workers may be facing the challenge of poverty, Aubert says. “An exercise like this helps us better understand what people are going through and act and react with more compassion.”
For more please visit: The Salem Weekly, Poverty Simulation Builds Empathy. It includes a great description of what you can expect to experience at a Poverty Simulation facilitated by CoActive Connections.