Annual Policy Simulation

For two years running, CIR has designed, developed and launched a highly successful annual policy simulation at several high schools across Santa Fe. In 2017, students became policy advisors to major global leaders all wrestling with the [fictional] situation of Turkey’s President Erdogan expelling all Syrian refugees from the country, in an effort to press for concessions from the European Union. This simulation reached 70 students at Santa Fe Prep. More information here.

And then, in 2018…

Ten months ago, a natural disaster devastated Xlandia’s energy infrastructure. While much of the population lives on less than $2 a day, their access to power is now irregular and erratic, and the country has been in turmoil ever since. The World Bank and other international donors recently committed US$ 10 billion to reconstruct the country’s energy portfolio. But how will the country’s stakeholders – its parliamentarians and its various interest groups – decide to spend those funds? What energy sources should the country invest in?

Taking the role of local stakeholders, students encountered the many challenges of moving to a new energy portfolio, all within a very real-world political environment of competing priorities, compromise, activism, deception – and even outright bribery. More information here.

Student Identities:

  • Lobbyists: Oil and Gas Lobbyists; Solar Lobbyists; Hydropower Lobbyists; Nuclear Lobbyists; Environmental NGO representatives.
  • Parliamentarians: Elected on a populist platform; Elected on a women’s rights platform; Elected representing indigenous groups; Elected on economic development/ pro-business platform; Elected running on a poverty reduction platform.

The simulation unfolded over 4 hours. CIR led students through the six major phases of the simulation. Beyond an identity as one of the above stakeholders, each student also received a secret personality card to add further intrigue to the discussions…

This simulation was sponsored by PNM, and connected with CIR’s community education series of talks and lectures on “Energy’s Global Future”.

In 2019, we will again receive support from PNM to design and develop a simulation on climate change. Stay tuned….