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Mapping Network Structure in Complex Community Collaboratives: A Teaching Simulation

Mark W. Davis & Danielle M. Varda (University of Colorado)

May 2011



This simulation is an exercise to visualize the structure of four community coalitions.  Each community coalition includes a core set of players, information about assets/resources they bring to the coalition, existing relationships, and varying motivations. All simulations presented as a part of this exercise are based on real life events.  This simulation is designed to help students develop a key skill in terms of collaboration: the ability to visualize and map a network of relationships, followed by decision making based on information derived from the exercise.