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Friday, 26 February 2010

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Barbara Tinker

A simpler but certainly less vibrant water conflict game was developed a decade ago for our Global Laboratory project sponsored by the National Science foundation. I have just webbed it and it might be useful to them:
http://www.concord.org/~btinker/GL/web/water/upstream_downstream_index.html

PAUL F MILLER

Mediated Modeling: A System Dynamics Approach To Environmental Consensus Building...I rise to salute any honest process including computer games which are designed to facilitate CONSENSUS building as personally I have seen in the last 30 years, especially in Arizona, the pitiful repercussion when disclosure and transparency are forsaken for political expediency.

Respectfully,

PAUL F MILLER

Rebecca Hale

One role that may be overlooked is "Mediator", "Peace-Maker" ? Games tend to foster polarized positions even if there are multiple nodes and shifting "team" alliances. Are there any professionals whose stake in the outcome will be enhanced without resort to face-to-face conflict and possibly violence ? My mind tends to think more of mothers, children, and teachers for that role so I hope they will be represented. My vote says we should develop many tools and techniques to help a wide range of individuals cope with the reality of hydrology in life and the economy. One person's "silly game" could be another person's awakening epiphany.

Eric Perramond

An interesting post, AquaDoc, but I wonder how useful such modeling approaches are (even though I use and teach them myself in classes at Colorado College) when these are all "stakeholder avatars" as opposed to cultural perspectives that may not be commensurate. Is water sacred to you, in other words, and how do you incorporate this into a model that is meant to put all views on equal ground of some sort.
I met Vince at the MRG Water Assembly, and have heard of his work through a colleague at Sandia, so I admire these approaches to use empirical and theoretical constructs to approach water conflicts. But I also worry that Polanyi was right - the "marriage" between state and capital here seems pretty complete in creating his version of a market society. Interesting post... will have to follow these efforts over time.

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