Environmental Gaming

Marstel-Day’s Environmental Gaming simulation training engages clients in an interactive simulation of events, strategies, positions, and attitudes played out by key stakeholders in the context of a realistic and plausible scenario.

Marstel-Day’s Environmental Gaming simulation training is a powerful tool for planning and decision making. Our simulation training is designed to:

  • Challenge conventional wisdom and past assumptions
  • Reveal new insights and gaps in knowledge, while encouraging creativity, intuition, decision making
  • Force stakeholders to interact under realistic conditions in compressed time
  • Identify risks and opportunities in particular actions, plans’ strengths and weaknesses, and forewarn of potentially fatal surprises
  • Encourage an honest assessment of one’s own capabilities and those of the competition while testing alternative courses of action
  • Show benefits and pitfalls of strategic alliances
  • Produce a shared vision of objectives and strategy

Marstel-Day designs and tailors Environmental Gaming simulation training to help clients understand the dynamics and complexities of environmental forces that affect their longer-term strategies, short-term contingencies, and operational planning. Its team collaborates with clients to create appropriate scenarios to test specific propositions or imaginable narratives. Marstel-Day assists in identifying key stakeholders, or actors, in the simulation training exercise. These might be strategic stakeholders—for example, states or institutions concerned about the possible consequences of climate change for existential or operational reasons—or they might be local conflicts in which companies, regulators, agencies, civil society advocates, or popular environmental movements compete or cooperate to achieve their desired goals. The stakeholders themselves are usually played by senior leadership from the client’s organization, members of organizations represented in the scenario, and by subject matter experts from Marstel-Day.

Environmental Gaming simulation training can also be employed to explore the dynamics, possibilities and limitations of new environmental technologies or regulations, to stimulate and facilitate environmental dialogue, or to help corporations chart an environmentally aware business pathway amidst competing demands on its efforts to increase shareholder value.

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Environmental Gaming simulation training derives from classical wargaming employed by militaries to understand both the dimensions and trajectories of competition and the strengths and weakness of one’s own and competitors’ strategies and capabilities. Like classical wargaming, the Environmental Gaming simulation training is a tool to identify, understand, and anticipate possible alternative environmental futures, how these futures might develop and unfold, and, especially, how key actors with vested interests in those futures might interact competitively or cooperatively in the course of addressing salient issues and contingencies that flow from the scenario.

However, in Environmental Gaming simulation training, stronger interactivity among environmental forces—or “drivers”—is common, producing more immediate second- and third-order consequences. Environmental Gaming simulation training usually address more critical uncertainties—questions that, if resolved, might lead to outcomes that are diametrically different—because of the large number of interactive environmental forces at work. Finally, the number of plausible “wildcards,” or surprises, is significantly larger in Environmental Gaming simulation training exercises, reflecting profound, often unprecedented changes in our environment’s underlying conditions, for example from global warming.