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Members of the Value Web recently supported SEMS University MBA students and faculty in a 2-day simulation of the Copenhagen UNFCCC talks to be held in December.
The intention of the course, which culminated in the simulation, was to offer business students a deeper understanding of the consequences of climate change and corporate responses to it.
The Value Web has loads of experience in shorter simulations and was intrigued to be part of one that lasted two-days. “We added our expertise to the faculty’s vision, especially in the areas of a media team to feed real-time information (and misinformation), real-time feedback so student better understood how their individual and group negotiation methods were received, and graphic facilitation of discussions,” said Jodi Engelberg, one of the members on-site.
The most important element was to add a debrief at the end of the 2nd day that asked the students to build a better ‘future state’ for these kinds of negotiations. Having walked in the shoes of the current, constrained way of UN negotiations, they put their energies toward identifying some simple changes that would make all the difference in the world.
Students suggested that if delegates were forced to do a round of ‘speed dating,’ information could be quickly gleaned and given. Other ideas to improve the outcome of negotiations was to ‘switch places’ with their negotiating partners to gain perspective and insights, to add some forms of play and creativity to the process, and to encourage relationship-building by cooking together and negotiating over meals.