Simulation & Gaming:
An Interdisciplinary Journal
To finnish the module on sustainability, you will do a short portfolio, to
finish, summarize and consolidate the debriefings. The portfolio should be short,
between 1k and 2k words, maximum 3k words.
Work in the teams you were in during the FISHBANKS simulation.
Do one portfolio per team.
Instructions for your
Each team must prepare a document (portfolio) as
indicated below. Write one report for each team; all members contribute.
Formating instructions are towards the end of this page.
Use google drive to share one single document, and collaborate via the
web, in a virtual team. That in itself is good practice, and you could
even put it on your CV. Your final document should be short, probably
between 1k and 2k words, and certainly no more than
Use English-language source documents. Reference all
documents cited and used (even if not cited). You may write your portolio
in English or French or a mixture of both. Sort and bulleted sentences,
You may be tempted to divide up the work so each person just does one part.
Avoid this if possible. Maybe work in pairs; each pair does a draft of
about half; then you swap and each pair improves the other half. You can
do this individually also. Whatever you do, save yourself time and
frustration by using google drive.
If you were absent for a session, then you need to mark "absent" for the session(s) in which you were absent. Do not include medical certificates - just write
main the reason, without a lot of detail.
The grade for the module will be given for the
individual variations (see below).
If some instructions below are not possible to follow, then make a
responsible decision to do it differently (and explain why very briefly if
For your report, please make a sincere attempt to relate your simulation participation (incl debriefing, and films) to the various sustainability and climate change concepts that have
been developed by research and scholarship. In other words, your participation should be set in the context of
and refer to some basic concepts and facts in sustainable development.
This does not need to be extensive; but it can be if you wish.
To know about some of those concepts, you can look here:
Limits to Growth and related material
Tragedy of the Commons
You will find plenty of others on my google drive (to which I have
given you access) and on the web.
For your report, indicate the titles and URLs
of the documents. However, do not copy web pages without citing your source,
and marking the quotes appropriately. Plagiarism
makes you look silly, and it is severely
punished. Be smart and cite your sources. Inserting relevant
quotes is also smart - and in the scientific spirit. All quotes from web-based documents must be referenced,
using the URL.
Keep the length of your document to a minimum (do not write a book!), but
make sure that it contains all the items in sufficient, but only
necessary, detail. Say the
least possible. Quality is more important than quantity. If you have
photos and diagrams, you should include them too.
Use short, simple sentences, in either French or in English. Use plenty
of paragraphs, headings, etc. Use bullets or numbers/letters for lists.
Organise your report in 4 parts as indicated below:
- Basic data
Please do your report is as indicated below.
Put all these items on one single page. If necessary use
- Place of study (IUP
M2 SEDI). Year
- Report title
- Date of report.
- List of members, with passport photos, student IDs and email addresses.
B. Plan of report.
Use page numbers (and refer to them inside
the report, e.g., "see page 5"). Place the page number
in the document header, top RH corner. If a table is
missing, your report will not be valid.
C. Summary of
Absence / presence in class. Indicate the number of sessions present in
class, and indicate the total of sessions at which you were present.
Indicate if you arrived on time or late.
Total N° of sessions present
Dates & content of each session
23 Aug, 2001
25 Aug, 2001
24 Dec, 2001
1 Jan, 2002
1 (on time)
1 (on time)
0 (job interview)
1 (late, bus late))
1 (on time)
1 (late; alarm pb))
1 (on time)
0 (missed bus)
0 (got up late)
1 (on time)
1 (on time)
1 (on time)
1 (on time)
- If you, individually, were absent for one of the sessions, pls say
- Make up for absence. Also explain briefly what you did as an individual to make
up for the absence, for example, extra reading, watching films (give refs).
Provide a a gfew short paragraphs summarizing of the docs that you read or the films that
Your contribution to writing the report. Names of each member of the group (alpha order), with the contribution for each member. The score represents
the relative contribution made by each member of the group
to the writing of the final report. Italics below are examples; replace with your own content.
Main report tasks accomplished; do not
skimp here, provide reasonable detail
% age contribution
Wrote draft 2; added section on resource depletion.
draft 1 with Jane, edited
Wrote draft 1 with Joe; researched elements about overshoot
Researched documents on sustainabilty
integrated concepts into report; checked and edited final.
Total = 4
- B: The various tasks done in order to write the
- C: Amount of work accomplished in writing this report
You must have
two %age points difference between all
All whole numbers
The spread of points must reflect the real difference in your
work on the report.
Do not do this section.
From here on, pls use 1.3 spacing, 12pt, as
indicated elsewhere here.
Do this in a structured way. Below is a
suggestion, but you may choose a different structure if you think that it
coresponds better to your experience. Please focus on quality, not
For each of the major
activities, write a summary following the
pattern indicated below, or a summary that is fairly close to
the indications below. Activities may have
included: presetning a video, participating in a simulation or a game.
Remember that a film may have been shown as part of debriefing (therefore
this is not a seperate item for which to provde a summary).
Summary of the whole
activity. It may mean a simulation and
debriefing (in and out of class) as a single unit; it may mean a
lecture and participating in a game. This
Preparation. Any preparation that you did
before the class, such as read articles or activity instructions.
Each person's individual silent
debriefing. Get the main or important points from each your individual forms.
Follow the questions in the debriefing form.
Your whole group discussion. Follow the questions in the
discussion debriefing form. Indicate major individual
differences among you if any.
Include your thoughts on the concepts in films
that you saw (either in class, or elsewhere in these or related topics).
Include in an appendice your pp-t slides
resulting from your activities (such as film or debriefing). Put 4 or 6
slides per (vertical A4) page?
Indicate and discuss the following.
You may reply collectively or individually here.
- Summary of what you learned.
Short outline of 4
5 main concepts & ideas about the phenomena/events, including: sustainability,
the tragedy of the commons, global warming, climate
change, resilience, individual and collective responsibility to the
environment, earth's carrying capacity, carbon footprint, business concerns,
greenwash, true green companies, health impacts of climate change,
responsibility to next generations, growth (& limits to growth), etc.
- In what ways are they likely to help shape your career
or influence your professional development,
over, say, the next decade or two?
- For example, in what ways might they influence your
career choices or
your professional outlook?
- In what ways might they impact the types of
companies that you are likely to work for?
- In what ways do you think that you can make a positive
difference, for example, by encouraging your future companies to adopt
- Add any aspects (ideas, people, articles, concepts,
processes, etc) that you
feel that you have learnt. They may be very clear, they may be blurred and
indefinable (for the moment); they may simply be your wish to learn more.
- In what ways do you feel that the course or your professional
life are, or might be, related to
the ideas expressed in
the quotes below (bottom of page)? or in other documents that you have
Remember that there are no 'right answers'.
5. Future generations
Write a short letter (as a group) to your grandchildren.
Explain to them:
- What you did or should have done to help make the
planet a less inhospitable place for them to live.
- Why you did what you did, or why you did not act, to
lessen the impact of global warming on their lives.
- What their main responsibilities are to their children (your
great grand children).
Here, do not prevaricate or skimp, but do not make this letter
long; keep the language simple, so that a young child can understand.
Start with: "Dear Grandchildren,"
If you are not able to agree together on the wording, then you
may write individual letters.
6. Course feedback
At the end of the report, write short notes on the items below. You should make individual comments (indicating who is making the
a. Quels étaient les 2 ou 3 meilleurs aspects de l'atelier
(cours) et pourquoi ?
b. Quels étaient les 2 plus grands problèmes de l'atelier et que suggérez-vous comme solutions ?
c. Que ferriez-vous, vous-même, de différent
si vous aviez à refaire cette atelier?
Chose différente 1.
Chose différente 2.
d. En plus des commentaires ci-dessus, quelles suggestions faites-vous pour que,
une prochaine fois, l'atelier soit plus efficace/instructif ?
e. Etant donné que la substance du cours et la méthode de formation
demandent, chez les apprenants, une grande maturité dans leurs attitudes
et comportements, écrire quelques lignes sur:
Votre propre attitude et comportement ds le cours ___
L'attitude et le comportement des autres ds le cours ___
L'action à faire concernant des attitudes et comportements immatures ___
f. D’autres commentaires ou suggestions ?
- Make sure that your report is clearly presented.
- For example, use plenty of short headings, use small characters and indenting for personal examples, use tables and graphics. Use simple language.
- Make sure that you provide complete references for all citations, including quotes from web sites.
- Make sure that you include active links to films
(such as on YouTube) and other online documents.
- As a general rule: 12pt, Ariel for headings; Times for text;
1.3 line spacing; 2cm margins.
- Do not use caps; all lower case (except, of course, for the usual things
that require caps).
You must prepare an electronic version - according to the following instructions:
- One electronic copy, in pdf format - one single file
for the whole document, including cover sheet, appendix. No other format is
- Make sure that you get it right the first time.
- The filename must of the following format:
- XY is the number of your level, such as
L3 or M1,
- NN-NN is the year (e.g., 04-05 = 2004-2005),
name is the family name of each person doing the report.
- Make sure that you distinguish between
- and underscore
- The subject line of the email must be the same as
- If the filename or
subject line is incorrect,
your file will get lost.
- If your file arrives late, I will not have time to give in
++ some quotes ++
Peace and survival of life on Earth as we know it are
threatened by human activities that lack a commitment to humanitarian
values. Destruction of nature and natural resources results from ignorance,
greed, and a lack of respect for the Earth's living things... . It is not
difficult to forgive destruction in the past, which resulted from ignorance.
Today, however, we have access to more information, and it is essential that
we re-examine ethically what we have inherited, what we are responsible for,
and what we will pass on to coming generations. Clearly this is a pivotal
generation... . Our marvels of science and technology are matched if not
outweighed by many current tragedies, including human starvation in some
parts of the world, and extinction of other life forms... . We have the
capability and responsibility. We must act before it is too late.
Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth Dalai Lama.
Consumption of resources is rising rapidly, biodiversity is plummeting and
just about every measure shows humans affecting Earth on a vast scale. … A
growing band of experts are looking at figures like these and arguing that
personal carbon virtue and collective environmentalism are futile as long as
our economic system is built on the assumption of growth. The science tells
us that if we are serious about saving Earth, we must reshape our economy.
… It has taken all of human history for the economy to reach its current
size. On current form it will take just two decades to double.
New Scientist. (2008). The folly of growth: How to stop the
economy killing the planet. New
Scientist, Vol 200, No 2678.
… from the early Club of Rome report on the Limits to Growth (Meadows et al.
1972) to its sequels Beyond the Limits (Meadows et al. 1992) and the thirty
year update (Meadows et al. 2004), the message has become ever more pressing
and the impact on political and economic processes just as marginal. Only
recently has the recent evidence of accelerating climate change, and the
imminent threats of energy, health, water and food crises begun to produce
significant reactions, at least in some forward-looking countries. However
the major centres of power and population have perspectives that are too
short term to take any notice. Public education on these issues has either
fallen behind, or never begun.
Dahl, A. L. (2006). Paper presented at the plenary IEF
Symposium Consumer Citizenship Network. Third CCN International Conference.
Hedmark University College, Hamar, Norway. 15-16 May 2006.
Meadows, D. H., Meadows, D. L., & Randers, J. (1992). Beyond
the limits: Global collapse or a sustainable future. London: Earthscan.
Meadows, D. H., Randers, J., & Meadows, D. L. (1972). The
limits to growth: A report for the Club of Rome’s project on the
predicament of mankind. London: Earthscan.
Meadows, D. H., Randers, J., & Meadows, D. L. (2004). The
limits to growth: The 30-year update. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea
Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course. Human
activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment
and on critical resources. If not checked, many of our current practices put
at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and
animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world that it will be unable to
sustain life in the manner in which we know. Fundamental changes are urgent
if we are to avoid the collision our present course will bring about."
From: World scientists' warning to humanity (U Thant, 1992),
signed by 1600 scientists, including 102 Nobel laureates, from 70 countries;
quoted in book below.
Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.
We do not have an ecological crisis. The ecosphere has a human crisis.
Climate change is not an environmental problem. It is a civilizational
A global human society, characterised by islands of wealth, surrounded by a
sea of poverty, is unsustainable.
Human history is a race between education and catastrophe.
We have not inherited the world from our forefathers, we have borrowed it
from our children.
Only when the last tree is cut, only when the last river is polluted, only
when the last fish is caught, will they realise that you can't eat money.
Native American proverb.
It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our
God seems to have left the receiver off the hook and time is running out.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a
If you keep on doing what you`ve always done, you`ll keep on getting what
you`ve always got.
W. L. Bateman