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How would you respond to social discrimination?

Updated Monday 28th January 2019

Welcome to the world of Virtual Inclusion. Get into the shoes of three young people facing discrimination at school, and see how you can help promote social inclusion.

New innovations like '360 degree videos' allow us to not just be passive observers of a scene but look around and interact with characters as if we were really there! These engaging experiences can help us build a greater connection with and empathy for all sorts of different people and places.

Virtual Inclusion is an interactive feature that offers you the chance to experience a 'day in the life' of three different young people facing discrimination and learn how you can promote social inclusion in your own life!

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Immerse yourself in the virtual scenarios 

Select the image below to launch the world of Virtual Inclusion. If you are viewing this on a desktop PC, you will need to move your mouse around to experience the full 360 degree view. You can choose between three different characters each facing social discrimination in their lives. At the end of each, there will be a choice for you to make as to how to respond to this discrimination either as a viewer or the character. 

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Get the App

Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University This is the web-based version of our virtual inclusion app, which is currently available free to download on both Google Play and Apple Store. The app will allow you to experience these scenarios both in 3D "Virtual Reality" mode and 2D "Classic" mode on your mobile or tablet. These can be viewed using a VR headset or as a finger controlled interactive 360 video. 

Welcome back!

Now you've experienced the scenarios first hand, please answer the following question about yourself and your experience.

Click here to launch the short survey

Take it further

If you are an educator please download our Digital Toolkit for using this in the classroom!

For further Information check out the Institute of Strategic Dialogue Website.

Also check out the official report on our project co-produced with the leading think tank DEMOS. Link to report will be coming soon.



Crew scripts 2 and 3
Director - Szczepan Orlowski
Producer and 1st ad - Geoffrey Morgan
360 dop - Andrew Ash
Sound recordist and original music - Michau Kuligowski

Entire app/experience
Narrator - Emma Edwin

Script 2 - Eastern European script
Kasia - Rachel Banaszczyk
Dorota - Wiktoria Jonca
Claire - Grace Morris
Francesca - Jess Cartledge
Chris - Toby Hewson
Sarah - Tyla Wilson
Steph - Genevieve Grannum
Abby - Ayomide Mustafa
Pupil - Lewis Beevor
Pupil - Charlie Gunn
Receptionist (Mark) - Paul Tonkin
Teacher - Michelle Archer

Script 3 - Middle East script
Rashid - Krrish Patel
Barnie - William Mwengi-Selamaj
Charly - Rafe Cook
Jack - Kyron Wilson
Oli - Mark Allen Grace
Leo - Dainton John
Kelly - Macie Woodward

Jackie Palmers Acting Agency
Bonnie and Betty
Brown and Mills
Marylyn Phillips
Sophie Cooper
Emily Love

The Open Univeristy
Department of People and Organisations - Peter Bloom
Prof of Learning Technologies and Social Computing - Shailey Minocha
Online Producer - Sas Amoah

Script 1
Director and producer - Tony Coe




Lal, K. (Mar. 20, 1938). “Shut in a Sealed Chamber for Six Weeks: Pandit Malaviya’s Kaya Kalp and How It Was Done.” The Illustrated Weekly of India, pp. 26–7.

Newcombe, S. (2017) “Yogis, Ayurveda, and Kayakalpa” History of Science in South Asia, 5(2), 85-120.





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