After having learning a lot about capital, natural and human resources, our class had a trade stimulation in which our class got split into 5 unnamed “country” groups. Every country had an amount of resources at the beginning, our group had a lot of water, but nowhere as many as another group, which had 100 buckets of water. Every group also had a ending goal with a few different trading sessions in which people tried to reach their ultimate goal. The countries had to send out a representative, and everyone got numbers from 1-6, and when Mrs. Huiet rolled a dice, the number that was rolled was the number of the trader, with a new number each time. It was really fun and I learned a lot about unequal distribution of resources from this very interesting stimulation.
At the start, our group had quite a lot of mixed resources, and our goals had 1 resource from every resource category. We needed 1000 RMB (capital resource: money), 4 teachers (human resource) and also 10 gallons of fossil fuels (natural resource). Capital resources include money, infrastructure and technology, natural resources are any resources created naturally and human resources are people who do things for other people. Our demand was actually the maximum amount of teachers and fossil fuels in the entire stimulator world, and we ended up 3 teachers short from our goal and 1 gallon of fossil fuel short. We did earn extra RMB though, which was really fun. Overall, I think most of the groups were very successful, with most groups only 1 or 2 resources short of their goals.
Because some groups had minimal resources, and some groups had resources that weren’t demanded, they were slightly short of their ultimate goal. Some other countries demanded more than the supply, and went short of their goal. During the trading, the countries weren’t allowed to talk to their representative, but Mrs. Huiet could announce changes in the market.
I think that the distribution of the resources were very unequal, with massive lack of human resources like teachers. Distribution with fossil fuels was unequal too, with many countries demanding it, but only ours receiving most of it. At the end, when everyone looked over everyone else’s things, people were VERY angry because of the unequal distribution, and we actually learned a lot about the world, and I learned to appreciate that we have all we have. Unequal distribution is actually a major issue in our world, and while we take water, food, electricity and even doctors and teachers for granted, it’s completely different in other places on earth, so we have to appreciate all that we have.