All the World’s a Stage: The Theater of Political Simulations

Welcome to the World of SimulationsWhat Are Simulations?Core Narrative and Simulation VariantsSimulation 1: Compromise AgreementSimulation 2: Compliance or DeadlockSimulation 3: Imposed DictateBeyond Case Studies: Actors Can Change HistorySimulations as TheaterNotesI TheoryHALL OF FAMEThe Evolution PathProjects in the Hall of Fame: GoalsHall of Fame Selection ProcessInteractive Problem Solving Workshops at HarvardInternational Communication and Negotiation Simulation (ICONS)Model United NationsModel DiplomacyReview QuestionsNotesBASED ON A TRUE STORY: Theater Metaphor and Simulation PhasesThe Theater MetaphorSimulation Phases: What Happens and When?PreparationGuiding DocumentsScheduleTeam Composition and RolesPlatform RequirementsInitial ScenarioAssignmentsSimulation RulesTeamwork: RehearsalsOnstage Negotiations: Lights, Camera, Action!PostproductionIndividual FeedbackThe Feedback FormFrom Feedback to DebriefingModes of DebriefingDetecting Trends and HeuristicsReview QuestionsNotesSIMULATION TYPES AND GOAL ADVANCEMENTFace-to-Face (F2F), Cyber and Hybrid SimulationsStage Relocation: Roundtable Negotiations on Cyber PlatformsGoals: Knowledge Gain and Skill ProficiencyReview QuestionsNotesII Case Studies: The Theater Metaphor AppliedMUNICH, 1938: Preparation and TeamworkPlaybillBackground StoryThe First CrisisThe Second CrisisThe Third CrisisThe Fourth CrisisThe Fifth CrisisCastCase Studies and Counterfactual HistoryPhase 1: PreparationActor Configurations and Confrontation SegmentsFacts and Fiction: Plot, Script and Counterfactual HistoryPlot and Simulation ScenariosTimeline for the Munich CrisisStage, Costumes and ChoreographyPhase 2: RehearsalTeamwork: Discuss 'What If' ConsiderationsDecision /unctionsTeamwork on Social MediaTakeaways on TeamworkReview QuestionsNotesMUNICH, 1938: Negotiations and PostproductionPhase 3: Onstage Negotiations: Lights, Camera, Action!Simulation ScenarioFirst Negotiation RoundNewsflashes and Ad-Hoc EventsBreak TimeSecond Negotiation RoundThird Negotiation RoundFinaleTakeaways on F2F NegotiationsTakeaways on Negotiations on Social MediaPhase 4: PostproductionRatings and ReviewsFeedbackF2F DebriefingHeuristics on FanaticismReview QuestionsANEW AGE OF TURMOIL: From Traditional to Complex SettingsTraditional and Complex Simulation SettingsCase Study FeaturesSimulation FeaturesVarieties of Traditional and Complex SettingsThe Civil War in Palestine, 1947The Civil War in Syria, 2011-2019Adaptations for Complex Simulation SettingsCast: Actors and CharactersCharacter BiographyActor PortfolioPolicy FormationSimulation RulesInitial/Opening Scenarios and Ad-Hoc EventsFeedback FormDebriefing: Complex Scenes Amplify DilemmasTakeaways on Role Play in Complex SettingsReview QuestionsNoteIII Looking Back, Looking AheadTHE REWARDS: Active Learning as a New StageStage Relocation: Mix and MatchKnowledge and Skills: What Have We Learned?The Challenge of Cyberspace in Education
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