Thursday, October 1, 2009

Podocarpus simulation at Wageningen MSP Course

During the past 3-week course on Multi-Stakeholder Processes by CD&IC Wageningen International, coordinated by Jouwert van Geene, I was invited as a guest lecturer to run the Podocarpus National Park simulation. About 30, mainly African and Asian students, did a great job in assuming the roles of farmers, miners, bureaucrats, politicians and ngo workers, resulting in a lively simulation over 6 negotiation rounds. Together with Simone van Vugt, we discussed with the students what could be learned from this experience. We focused on the intricacies of collaborating with a diverse group of stakeholders, representation issues, negotiation strategies, issue framing, power dynamics and the institutionalization of multi-stakeholder domains.

Here's a short video I made about the Podocarpus National Park simulation, using