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Wander Jager (University College)

The energy transition is an example of a complex societal problem that requires the collaboration of different sciences. In teaching students the complexities of managing systemic transitions and multidisciplinary collaboration we recently developed a simulation game. The unique feature of this game is the inclusion of an artificial population of simulated people. This artificial population is based on state-of-the-art agent based technology, using formalized behavioural theory. Student groups take the player role of energy companies or political parties, competing for market share and votes. Players have individual goals, but can also be held collectively responsible for realizing a transition to sustainability. Our first experiences are very promising, as the players are very involved and learn a lot from playing the game. However, our interface is very rudimentary, and the game can only be played at a local network. To make the game widely accessible for educational and possible scientific purposes (study group decision-making and learning) we plan to develop a functional graphical interface, and make the game Internet based. If successful we will have a widely applicable serious game that can be used worldwide in educating people about the management of systemic transitions.
Last modified:16 October 2017 11.24 a.m.