Teaching sustainability - Using simulation to reach the SDGs in regional transformation

An intensive three-day online course targeted at educators who are interested in adopting an innovative approach to teach about climate change and the transition to a sustainable economy.

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Participants

We invite all those who are interested in employing innovative, hands-on approaches to learning to take part in this online course, including but not limited to:

  • Trainers and educators, moderators, and facilitators, i.e., professionals working with groups of stakeholders focused on issues related to climate change and the transformation to a sustainable economy
  • Business owners and business incubators or funders who are planning or running climate-related startups
  • NGOs and other non-profits planning or running climate projects/campaigns
  • Public administration managers who plan and introduce new policies and regulations
  • Scientists conducting research on climate transition processes.

Find our video here: Teaching sustainability - Using simulation to reach the SDGs in regional transformation

Expectations for Participants

This course is not a passive learning experience. Registering implies that you will be not only playing the game and learning strategies for its moderation, but also leading a test-game session between webinars 2 and 3.

Since the training is being provided online, it is essential that you have a good internet connection.

Rules for using the simulation

Prior to registering, please familiarize yourself with the Terms of Use of the simulation The World’s Future Online. The simulation, like all CRS simulations, is free to use for non-commercial purposes (i.e., activities done by NGOs, education, and public sector organizations, as well as in pro-bono projects and internal use for businesses).

However, if you plan to provide the course for commercial purposes (i.e. as part of income-generating business activities), a 350 euro single-session license fee will be applied, with a 100% discount for the first two sessions.

Preparing for the Course

Here are a few tips to remember before signing in for the webinar.

  1. Participation in the webinars requires a good internet connection. Please check the connection before the webinar starts and find a silent place where you won’t be disturbed.
  2. Use a headset including a microphone. Computer microphones usually produce poor sound quality and make it very difficult for others to understand.
  3. Make sure the sound works, e.g., by making a test call.
  4. Make sure you know how to use GoToMeeting chat.

Additional personal development opportunity

To further consolidate your moderation skills, it would be best if you ran at least 2 complete game sessions for a total of 18 people within 6 months of completing the course. Participants who accomplish this on time will be entered to win a prize.

You can also apply to enter the Climate-KIC's Network of Trainers and Coaches which provides an excellent opportunity for trainers and coaches to meet, share with and learn from peers on latest training approaches around the topic of climate change, climate friendly entrepreneurship as well as systems innovation. And if you are already a Climate-KIC coach, you will be offered opportunities to use the simulation within Climate-KIC projects focused on stakeholders participation.

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Agenda
Online Workshop with the Game
Day 1 - 27.02.2019
9 am - 3 pm (CET)
Train the Trainer Webinar
Day 2 - 28.02.2019
9 am - 3 pm (CET)
Final Q&A webinar session
Day 3 - 08.04.2019
9 am - 1pm (CET)
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Course Objective

Course Objective

Participants will learn how to set up and lead an educational activity focused on climate change and its related impacts, using The World’s Future Online social simulation (with post-game debriefing).

They will gain practical skills around using social simulations generally and The World’s Future Online specifically to:

  1. engage important stakeholders in a collaborative role play within a realistic, yet simplified representation of a serious global challenge;
  2. provide participants with an experience that feels real, making it easier to retain information and learn faster;
  3. inspire learning about a difficult topic in a safe environment that allows participants to test their assumptions and knowledge of climate change and its wide-ranging impacts and make mistakes without bearing their real costs.

Find our video here: Teaching sustainability - Using simulation to reach the SDGs in regional transformation

About - Short Description

An intensive three-day online course targeted at educators who are interested in adopting an innovative approach to teach about climate change and the transition to a sustainable economy.

Background

The World’s Future Online is a social simulation in which participants get immersed in mock negotiation and decision-making to influence the well-being of three countries. It serves as an example of what is needed to solve problems facing the world as a whole. The emphasis of any social simulation is a “serious goal”, be it message transmission, competence training, strategy development or capacity building. Also known as a multiplayer serious game, it combines the benefits of systems analysis and simulation techniques with the dynamics of creative group scenario building via role-playing and realistic situations that demand communication and cooperation. The World’s Future Online is based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with the gameplay set in the context of global climate change. Players become leaders of three economically diversified regions that follow carbon-intensive development policies and must undertake decarbonization efforts. The experiential environment of the social simulation reveals the complexity of dynamic systems and social interactions. It highlights the trade-offs that have to be made in the collective attempt to pursue the SDGs. It also helps participants to understand the challenge of addressing different, often competing, needs within environmental, social and economic boundaries. Unlike other educational and awareness-raising activities, this innovative game-based approach avoids explicit lecturing or moralizing and offers a playful - yet serious - environment for exploring the many paths to sustainable living. The World’s Future’s scenario is based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The gameplay is set in the context of global climate change - players become inhabitants of three economically diversified regions that follow carbon-intensive development policies, and have an unparalleled opportunity to understand challenges connected with decarbonization efforts. An experiential environment of social simulation reveals the complexity of dynamical systems and social interactions. The simulation highlights trade-offs that have to be made in the collective attempt to pursue the SDGs, and helps the participants to understand the challenge of addressing different, often competing, needs within environmental, social and economic boundaries. Unlike other educational and awareness raising activities, this innovative game-based approach avoids explicit lecturing or moralizing and offers a playful - yet serious - environment for exploring sustainable pathways.

What we offer:

Trainers, educators, and academics will leave with the ability to set up and lead sessions of The World’s Future. In particular, they will:

  • enrich their portfolio of lesson options and workshop techniques with an innovative simulation;
  • develop their facilitation and moderation skills;
  • be able to equip future workshop participants (e.g., students) with modern tools for considering complexity and using systems approaches;
  • learn how to engage important stakeholders in a collaborative process addressing a realistic, yet simplified representation of a serious global challenge;
  • transform their workshops into a place that allows participants to safely test their assumptions and knowledge of climate change and its wide-ranging impacts and make mistakes without bearing their real costs.

The game session will equip participants with skills that enable them to lead the transition process to a sustainable economy. In particular, they will:

  • confront the challenges of achieving the global goals and develop the competencies needed to do so;
  • learn what it takes to adopt and integrate technological and social innovations to achieve the goals;
  • develop strategies and skills for negotiation, effective communication and collaboration;
  • explore various options that can be exercised on the way to a sustainable future;
  • realize what contributions can be made by different actors to reach the global goals.

Trainers will gain access to the simulation (see also "Rules for using the simulation") and its accompanying materials.

Participants

Who can take part?

We invite all those who are interested in employing innovative, hands-on approaches to learning to take part in this online course, including but not limited to:

  • Trainers and educators, moderators, and facilitators, i.e., professionals working with groups of stakeholders focused on issues related to climate change and the transformation to a sustainable economy
  • Business owners and business incubators or funders who are planning or running climate-related startups
  • NGOs and other non-profits planning or running climate projects/campaigns
  • Public administration managers who plan and introduce new policies and regulations
  • Scientists conducting research on climate transition processes.

Find our video here: Teaching sustainability - Using simulation to reach the SDGs in regional transformation

Expectations for Participants

This course is not a passive learning experience. Registering implies that you will be not only playing the game and learning strategies for its moderation, but also leading a test-game session between webinars 2 and 3.

Since the training is being provided online, it is essential that you have a good internet connection.

Rules for using the simulation

Prior to registering, please familiarize yourself with the Terms of Use of the simulation The World’s Future Online. The simulation, like all CRS simulations, is free to use for non-commercial purposes (i.e., activities done by NGOs, education, and public sector organizations, as well as in pro-bono projects and internal use for businesses).

However, if you plan to provide the course for commercial purposes (i.e. as part of income-generating business activities), a 350 euro single-session license fee will be applied, with a 100% discount for the first two sessions.

Preparing for the Course

Here are a few tips to remember before signing in for the webinar.

  1. Participation in the webinars requires a good internet connection. Please check the connection before the webinar starts and find a silent place where you won’t be disturbed.
  2. Use a headset including a microphone. Computer microphones usually produce poor sound quality and make it very difficult for others to understand.
  3. Make sure the sound works, e.g., by making a test call.
  4. Make sure you know how to use GoToMeeting chat.

Additional personal development opportunity

To further consolidate your moderation skills, it would be best if you ran at least 2 complete game sessions for a total of 18 people within 6 months of completing the course. Participants who accomplish this on time will be entered to win a prize.

You can also apply to enter the Climate-KIC's Network of Trainers and Coaches which provides an excellent opportunity for trainers and coaches to meet, share with and learn from peers on latest training approaches around the topic of climate change, climate friendly entrepreneurship as well as systems innovation. And if you are already a Climate-KIC coach, you will be offered opportunities to use the simulation within Climate-KIC projects focused on stakeholders participation.

Agenda

Online Workshop with the Game

Day 1 - 27.02.2019
9 am - 3 pm (CET)

Online workshop with the game

Train the Trainer Webinar

Day 2 - 28.02.2019
9 am - 3 pm (CET)

Train the trainer webinar covering the following topics:

  • the methodology behind the social simulations approach
  • how to use the simulation and in which situations
  • debriefing scenario

Participants have 1 month for testing the tool with a group they organize. They are equipped with: the online simulation, written instructions, short videos, a debriefing agenda and FAQs available on the e-learning platform. Help desk support is provided by CRS.

Final Q&A webinar session

Day 3 - 08.04.2019
9 am - 1pm (CET)

Final Q&A webinar session

Coaches & Expert

Amanda Anthony

Coach

Amanda Anthony (F), a trainer and researcher at CRS and an aficionado of systems thinking, she is a graduate of the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago with a master's degree in public policy. She also holds dual bachelor's degrees from Purdue University in chemistry and political science. She has worked in journalism and education administration, in the classroom as a teacher of English as a foreign language, and as a small business owner.

Lukasz Jarzabek

Coach

Lukasz Jarzabek (M),a senior game designer at CRS with a background in information science. He has implemented and designed multiple serious games, social simulations, and strategic simulations in projects across different fields, including disaster risk management, resilience, climate change, cultural theory, and business sustainability.

Dr. Piotr Magnuszewski

Expert

Dr. Piotr Magnuszewski (M), a scientific director at CRS, systems modeler, professional trainer, facilitator and researcher. Designer of many serious games and simulations. Specialized in linking theory and practice, science and policy, knowledge and action via systems and knowledge management tools that he promotes across governments, business and academic circles. Also a scholar researcher at IIASA, where he focuses on adaptive management of complex socio-ecological systems and on developing system dynamics models.

Partner Organizations

Centre for Systems Solutions (CRS)

Centre for Systems Solutions (CRS) is an international non-profit organization (association) established in 2005 with a mission to develop and apply innovative methods and system tools, such as serious games, social simulations and computer modeling, to enhance knowledge brokering, science-policy integration, sustainable development and social dialogue. Our activities range from scientific research, innovations for policy- and decision-making (for NGOs, governments, business) to experiential and game-based learning (workshops, courses). CRS uses systems science as well as knowledge management tools and methods to functionally integrate the diversity of perspectives from business, government, NGOs and concerned citizens.

CRS has a proven track record of interdisciplinary and trans-sectoral projects and research. This experience has been gained in the EU Framework Projects (Horizon 2020, 7th and 6th FPs), subcontracts for the National Science Foundation (USA) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria), collaboration with European Forum Alpbach, European Commision, African Development Bank, OECD, the Balaton Group, and in many other solution-oriented projects. CRS is an Affiliate Partner of Climate-KIC.

Climate-KIC

Climate-KIC is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership, working together to address the challenge of climate change. It drives innovation in climate change through creative partnerships large and small, local and global, between the private, public and academic sectors. All Climate-KIC partners bring their industry experience to the community and are connected through the centres across Europe.

Fees & Registration

Course Fee: EUR 400 (incl. VAT)

Course Fee for Climate-KIC partners, public institutions, Climate-KIC alumni and NGOs: EUR 200 (incl. VAT).

For further enquiries please contact: Jakub Damurski jakub.damurski@crs.org.pl

 

Participation can be cancelled free of charge until four weeks before the course. Fees already paid will be reimbursed. 50 % of course fees are payable in case of cancellation between four and one week before the course. Already paid fees will be reimbursed accordingly. Full fees apply after cancellation less than one week before the course.

Your right of withdrawal within 14 days does not apply if (i) the course is fully completed within 14 days of purchase; (ii) you have agreed to full completion of the course within 14 days; and (iii) you have explicitly waived your legal right to withdrawal.

Climate-KIC reserves the right to cancel the course because of insufficient demand or low participant number (up to 10 days before the planned course date) or for any other important reason for which Climate-KIC or partners are not responsible (e.g. sudden illness of trainer, Act of God). Of course, fees already paid will be reimbursed. Further liability or compensation claims which do not concern injury to life, body or health are excluded, except in cases of intent or gross negligence on Climate-KIC part. Please note that this also applies for any hotels and flight/train tickets you may have booked.

Deadlines

Please note that spots are limited and applications will be assessed as they come in. The deadline for application is 11.02.2019, 5PM Brussels time.