Nine weeks away from their attendance at the COP 17 Climate Change Negotiations in Durban, South Africa, students of Dickinson College’s delegation joined with classmates to participate in Climate Interactive’s World Climate Exercise. These eleven undergraduates are taking four courses this semester to provide them an interdisciplinary study of how we can address climate change. Each of the student delegates reflected on their experience on the class blog http://blogs.dickinson.edu/cop17durban/.
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Today we have guest post by Professor Eliot Rich at the University of Albany, SUNY, who recently held the World Climate exercise for a group of undergraduate students.
“When I left the simulation, I was driven to make a difference”
In April 2011, students and faculty at the University at Albany, State University of New York, used the C-ROADS model and the World Climate Simulation to gain perspective on the environmental and political challenges facing their generation. The simulation was part of a semester-long class on business strategy and sustainability offered to undergraduates by Prof. Eliot Rich, Department of Information Technology Management and the University’s Honors College. Continue reading
Climate Interactive’s Phil Rice recently ran our World Climate exercise for science and social studies students at St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont. Some of his reflections are below:
Students were eager to engage and asked good questions.
The students wouldn’t get aggressive about % reduction- best they’d offer was 2%. The Developed world was resistant to working with the other groups.
During the exercise and in the debrief, they did ask a lot of good questions and stayed engaged in the role play pretty well. An interesting question in the debrief was basically in the form of, “OK, but do you have a way we could simulate the effects of the changes we could make? Because that is what we need to know now.”
I got a lot out of working with these engaged young adults. They have a lot of energy and they are into learning.
Videos of the exercise at Dartmouth and elsewhere may be found on the Climate Interactive website.
On November of 2010, Professors David Ford and Rogelio Oliva of Texas A&M University facilitated the World Climate UN negotiations exercise for the 2012 MBA Class of the Mays Business School. The exercise, supported by the C-ROADS simulation, was part of the “Enrichment Week” that the MBA program offers to allow students to explore areas not traditionally covered in the MBA curriculum.
The C-ROADS simulation proved to be an effective primer to open up the conversations on the role of policy makes and business leaders in addressing he carbon emissions challenge.
These are some testimonials form the participants:
On February 24, several innovative climate simulation and gaming tools will be presented in Asheville, NC (most notably the new and cool “Fate of the World.”) Climate Interactive’s Drew Jones will be one of the presenters, showing C-ROADS. For more information, download the event description and agenda here.
Last week, Climate Interactive and Seed Systems held the first Leaders for a New Climate workshop at the MIT Sloan School School of Management in Cambridge, MA. This three-day workshop combined lessons in system dynamics and organizational learning, to empower diverse leaders to act effectively in these challenging and exciting times.
The workshop opened with a session of our World Climate exercise and featured a guest lecture by the director of the System Dynamics Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Dr. John Sterman. We also held an “Under the Hood” session with our C-ROADS model.
Participants included students, advisors, and citizen activists from as far away as Nigeria.
Some of the quotes from attendees are below: Continue reading
Leaders for a New Climate:
Systems Thinking and the C-ROADS Simulation
Held at MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, Mass USA
Oct 19-21, 2010
Climate Interactive and SEED Systems are offering a powerful three-day workshop for innovative climate, energy, and sustainability leaders from business, non-profit, government, and university sectors, led by Drew Jones and Sara Schley, with a guest lecture by Dr. John Sterman at MIT Sloan School of Management.
Information and Registration at: http://climateinteractive.org/events
Attend to develop your capacities in:
- Systems thinking: Causal loop, stock-flow and computer simulation tools for seeing the climate change system as a whole. Participants will receive a copy of C-ROADS.
- Working across boundaries: Tools for surfacing, testing and revising mental models to build effective multi-stakeholder networks for climate progress.
- Creating climate, energy, and sustainability strategies: Reflections with insights from international experts and a diverse community of leaders.
- Learning from success stories: What’s helping create a new low carbon economy.
View the video below for John Sterman’s lecture at IBM’s Almaden Institute
Today we have a thoughtful guest post by Ian Lamont, who recently played our interactive simulation-based role-playing exercise, World Climate. Ian is an MIT Sloan Fellow and technology blogger. His full bio can be found twitter.com/ilamont. The original article is here.
Friday, June 18, 2010
On Tuesday, about 50 of us from the Sloan Fellows “A” section participated in a fascinating — and depressing — climate change simulation. The exercise was based on international negotiations to reverse several global warming trends, as well as a tool called C-ROADS (“Climate Rapid Overview and Decision-support Simulator”). After arriving in a large conference room, we split into groups representing various nations (I was in the India group) and attempted to negotiate a climate treaty that balanced our national interests with the global imperative to reverse the amount of carbon entering the atmosphere. The C-ROADS tool, which was developed by MIT and several partner organizations, has actually been used by governments and NGOs to model policy actions and their impact on long-term greenhouse gas emissions and sea level changes (I’ve embedded a video below that explains how it works.) Continue reading