Training Heroes Using Narrative Roleplaying Games

Hero Round Table 2019

Earlier this year I presented at the Australian Hero Round Table, taking the opportunity to speak about using narrative roleplaying games to help students in the high schools I have taught at, particularly in the areas of education, engagement and empathy.

By stepping into roles that are different to our regular ones, it’s possible to look out at the world through different perspectives. Making choices, whether they lead to success or failure, can help build understanding and empathy.

It’s something that we can all do a little more, even in our busy lives. Stop. Take a minute to think about what’s happening around you from the perspective of other people. Step outside of yourself. Think about the consequences from someone else’s view.

And, of course, the release of this video is also a shameless plug for people to go out and play roleplaying games!

The conference was spread across two days and included a diverse range of speakers from across Australia and overseas. I’ll try and highlight some of these interesting and inspiring people in upcoming blog posts. I’ll also go into more detail about how to use roleplaying games to boost empathy and imagination.


What is the Hero Round Table?

Often called the TED Talks of heroism, the Hero Round Table teaches people how to be more than a bystander. From their humble beginnings in Michigan to their global series on three continents and counting, attendees have gone on to do amazing things.

Most importantly, the Hero Round Table has created a worldwide community dedicated to practicing heroism. They have spurred academic research on what makes people do heroic things.

We spread a simple idea: that you have the power to make a change when it matters most.

Hero Round Table

To find out more information on The Hero Round Table go to their website or Instagram.


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