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  • Policy Area: Environment

  • Addressing ELCA: An Exercise in Designing and Facilitating Stakeholder Processes

    To promote an understanding of the complexities behind stakeholder engagement in multi-actor environmental and land use planning processes, this simulation asks students to design and facilitate a citizen/stakeholder meeting in the early stages of a long-term collaborative project where economic, environmental and social interests converge. AUTHOR: Rob Alexander, Rochester Institute of Technology. First Place Award, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2010


    Advancing Racial Equity in the Minneapolis Park System: How Could Organizations with Divergent Goals Work Together?

    “Advancing Racial Equity in the Minneapolis Park System” is a role-play simulation designed to help students understand the challenges in creating a collaborative governance regime when actors involved have different understandings of the core issue. AUTHORS: By Yuan Daniel Cheng, and Brooke Dirtzu, Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.   Winners of the Collaborative Governance Teaching Case and Simulation Prize, 2020,

    City Park: Community Collaboration and Rotating Facilitator Exercise

    This exercise gives students a chance to both participate in a collaborative problem-solving process and practice facilitating a meeting as part of that process. The simulation spans five meetings of an ad hoc working group put together by the city council to explore options for the future of a city park. AUTHORS: John B. Stephens and Ricardo S. Morse, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2012

    Collaborative Solutions to Transportation, Land Use and Community Design Issues: The City of Chance and Lucky Highway 13

    In this simulation, local government officials, highway officials, business representatives, and community protection advocates are asked to develop a consensus design plan, with the intent of satisfying as many interests as possible. AUTHOR: Jeff Loux, University of California, Davis. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2007


    Collaborative Strategy for Organizational Survival

    Public managers face strategic management challenges in this case, as they attempt to “grow” a new collaborative public organization that is embedded in the federal government and focused on environmental conflict. AUTHOR: Rob Alexander, Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2007


    Corruption in Atlantikk Simulation

    Corruption in the Republic of Atlantikk is a simulation designed to illuminate the challenges and complexities of public administration, corruption and sustainable development in an international setting characterized by significant ambiguity, expectations for collaboration, and divisive organizational politics. AUTHORS: Tina Nabatchi and Rigo Melgar-Melgar, Syracuse University Maxwell School. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2017

    Exercise in Environmental Collaborative Planning

    This simulation provides students with the experience of working in a contentious, collaborative environment to create a site development plan for property in a river flood plain. AUTHOR: Mike George, University of Nebraska. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2011 

    FlashPoint: Syria, 2014 –– An International Conflict Management Simulation

    This simulation game is constructed as a teaching tool for the topics of conflict analysis and resolution, collaboration, negotiation, mediation and public international law. Set against the background of the ongoing crisis in Syria, it offers students the sense of applying their analysis and skills to real-world problems; it can be updated to reflect the realities in the region as these develop and change. AUTHORS: Noam Ebner, Creighton Univ. Law School; Yael Efron, Zefat College School of Law; Nellie Munin, Zefat Academic College. First Place Award, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2014


    Fracked: Uncertainties in Negotiated Rule Making

    A rural community faces the potential positives and negatives of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas extractions and becomes involved with a state-level negotiated rulemaking process.  New information regarding possible negative health impacts that emerges mid-negotiation alters the negotiation dynamics. AUTHORS: Rob Alexander, Natalie Abel, and Matthew Williams, James Madison University. First Place Award, Best Teaching Simulation Competition 2015. 


    Gray Wolf: Fairness and Justice in Collaborative Governance

    This simulated negotiation, based on the establishment of a wolf-hunting season in Minnesota in 2012, is meant to portray a realistic collaborative effort to manage wolf populations as management of the species shifts to state control following its removal from the federal Endangered Species List. The stakeholders represent diametrically opposing views; however, there is room in the issues and options agreed upon to find a distributively fair and procedurally just solution for all members. AUTHORS: Lauren Elizabeth Colwell and Steve Smutko, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming. First place, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2013

    Hydrofracturing in New Frackillvania

    This simulation uses a role play approach to facilitate discussion and allow students to dig deep into “thorny” issues, while applying theory to a real case experience. The case draws on a variety of social and environmental problems related to hydrofracturing across the U.S. States.  The roles are based on real NGOs, industry associations, and participants in stakeholder participatory processes.  AUTHOR: Daniel Matisoff, Georgia Institute of Technology.  Honorable Mention in Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2019.

    Inclusive Management: Planning 'Green Grand Rapids'

    As public managers collaborate with the public on a major city-wide environmental initiative, this case engages students in the process of decision-making and distribution of resources for a system of parks and recreation facilities. AUTHORS: Kathryn S. Quick and Martha S. Feldman, University of California, Irvine. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2007


    Indiana Household Hazardous Waste Task Force

    The case is a historical chronology built around three primary projects completed by the Household Hazardous Waste Task Force in the State of Indiana. Based on real events the case is designed to present an example where multiple agencies, in the public sector, not-for-profit sector, and private sector work in a collaborative fashion to solve a problem that none of them would likely have been able to solve as a single agency. While many teaching cases focus on “the problem at hand,” this case study focuses on a series of three program successes. AUTHORS: Mark Davis and Danielle Varda, University of Colorado. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2011

    Leading IslandWood

    In the context of an outdoor education nonprofit startup organization, this case demonstrates how managers who arrive in new positions with the aim and intention of making significant change face challenges that require the practice of strategies to effectively navigate the political, operational, and authorizing environments in which they find themselves. The case communicates the quandary of managers who aim to bring an organization’s ambitious vision to reality and the techniques they must learning to systematic ally determine its direction and priorities. AUTHORS: David Cook and Lauren Guzauskas, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington. Snow Foundation Award for Best Case or Simulation in Collaborative Nonprofit Management, 2012


    Mapping Network Structure in Complex Community Collaboratives

    Public and not-for-profit managers increasingly require tools for managing collaborative processes. This simulation develops students’ ability to visualize and map a network of relationships, which can aid in identifying missing actors, weak or redundant points in a network, and strengths of the network structure. AUTHORS: Mark Davis and Danielle Varda, University of Colorado. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2011

    Negotiating Science and Policy in Collaborative Hydropower Licensing

    This simulation uses a collaborative process for licensing hydropower facilities to introduce students to the role of technical and scientific information in multiparty environmental negotiations. AUTHORS: Nicola Ulibarri, Department of Planning, Policy and Design, University of California, Irvine and Kirk Emerson, School of Government and Public Policy, University of Arizona. First Place Award, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2016. 

    New Funding, New Beginnings: To Collaborate or Not to Collaborate

    As donors shift the focus of their funding, nongovernmental organizations must respond. This case presents recurrent challenges NGOs face in their work and highlights important management and governance issues that are impacted by shifts in funding, including collaboration as a strategic option. AUTHORS: Khaldoun AbouAssi, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, and Catherine Herrold, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Third Place Award, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2014


    Pablo-Burford Sustainable Water Quality Network

    This simulation focuses on two countries that face a water crisis and must work together to protect their shared underground aquifers. The existing international agreements do not provide the means to resolve the numerous disputes. Therefore community groups organize a meeting of network members called ''the Summit," the purpose of which is to reach agreement amongst primary stakeholders on the major issues surrounding groundwater quality and availability.  AUTHORS: Adapted by Rosemary O'Leary and Rob Alexander (2011) with permission from the Sustainability Challenge Foundation.

    Restoration of the Wic Wac Valley

    This collaborative problem solving simulation addresses perceived environmental and economic issues related to decommissioning a dam and land use conflicts. Students are able to practice both interest-based negotiation, facilitation, and conflict resolution in a complex policy setting. AUTHOR: Jeff Loux, University of California, Davis. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2007


    Revising the Worker Protection Standards Negotiated Rulemaking Exercise

    Based on actual negotiated rule-making by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Worker Protection Standards, this simulation involves a process in which four groups representing diverse interests work toward agreement on proposed rules. AUTHOR: Alma Lowry, Syracuse University. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2008


    Silver World: Science in International Policy Making

    Silver World is a simulated experience that evokes and replicates important aspects of international policy-making. It is designed to help participants understand the important balance between scientific, social, and economic views in the context of environmental decision-making. The simulation is modeled after the ongoing United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Intergovernmental Negotiations on Mercury.  AUTHOR: Svetoslava Todorova, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Syracuse University.  Honorable Mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2016.

    Tensions in the South China Sea: A Hypothetical International Territorial Waters Dispute Case

    As China emerges as an international superpower, old issues deemed unresolved to China are beginning to reemerge.  These issues include governance of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the ownership of the South China Sea (otherwise known as the East Sea, Champa Sea, West Philippine Sea, etc.) and others. This simulation explores a hypothetical international 6-party negotiation focused on access and ownership of disputed territorial waters in the South China Sea.  Actors include China, Vietnam, the Philippines, a collective consortium of Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia, the U.S., and the United Nations.  The simulation provides three levels of negotiating difficulty and exploration to accommodate different levels of class-time, situational depth, and focus: negotiation, international relations, and power & influence which might be best suited for a course. 


    The Edwards Aquifer

    The Edwards Aquifer case provides a historical overview of one of the most contentious water disputes in the United States.  The case provides an in-depth analysis of how this entrenched, 70 year old water dispute was ultimately resolved through a consensus-based, multi-stakeholder, collaborative process. AUTHORS: Adam Zerrenner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Austin Office; and Robert Gulley, Texas Comptroller's Office and Adjunct Professor at Texas State University.  Honorable Mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2016.  


    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Simulation

    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a role play designed to illuminate the challenges of collaboration for addressing wicked problems. The role play requires actors from six organizations to come together to discuss the possibilities for creating a collaborative governance regime to address the problem of the Garbage Patch.  AUTHORS: Khaldoun AbouAssi, American University and Tina Nabatchi, Syracuse University Maxwell School. Winner First Place, Best Teaching Simulation Competition 2017  

    The Whittier Sewer Project Case

    A county government, regional water authority, sovereign Indian tribe, and church come together to develop a sewer facility. While the initial success solved an immediate problem, longer-term implementation faces significant obstacles, demonstrating how challenging collaboration is beyond initial agreement. AUTHORS: Ricardo A. Morse and John B. Stephens, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2017

    To Collaborate… or Not?

    This simple seven person simulation is designed to help participants think through whether to collaborate or not, and if yes, with whom?  AUTHOR: Rosemary O’Leary, University of Kansas School of Public Affairs. Honorable Mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2015.

    Whalebones: Balancing National Priorities, Local Culture and Private Interests

    "Whalebones Balancing National Priorities, Local Culture and Private Interests" is an instructional simulation that creates an opportunity for learners to engage in a realistic multi-party scenario that requires conflict resolution skills and collaborative management strategies to work with federal regulators, university experts, and community stakeholders around the disposition of whalebones from the beaching of an endangered whale, the North Atlantic Right Whale.  AUTHORS: Andrew Quarles, Jennifer Wendell, and Kirk Emerson, University of Arizona.

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