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Statesmanship Invitational

April 27-30, 2009

(PhD\Graduate Seminar students, click here)

Simulations are academic exercises where students practice real-life leadership. During a statesman’s life, high-stakes situations arise where demands are great and leadership is essential. These are the moments of crisis, decision and change. They are the forks in the road that matter; and they almost always happen at unexpected, inconvenient and stressful times. It is critical that statesmen are prepared to deal effectively with these crises.

Simulations put students in fictional scenarios where catastrophe is near, tension is present and leadership is required. These experiences provide an opportunity to navigate challenges, and to learn from successes and failures. Since the simulation is fictional, the failures are not disastrous; in fact, they become profitable learning experiences. This is a chance for students to test their courage, wisdom and leadership in very real ways, seeing how they need to improve for their next encounter with real-life decisions.

This year's invitational is open only to George Wythe University students enrolled in an on or off-campus program.

Itinerary:

 

Monday 27th

Tuesday 28th

Wednesday 29th

Thursday 30th

8:00 am-
9:00 am

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

9:00 am-
4:00 pm

Briefing & Simulation

Briefing & Simulation

Briefing & Simulation

Briefing & Simulation

4:00 pm-
5:30 pm

Daily Debrief

Daily Debrief

Daily Debrief

Daily Debrief

6:00 pm-
9:00 pm

Personal and Family Time (no dinner provided)

Pizza, Rootbeer Floats, & Frisbee (Park Discovery)

No-Prep Talent Show & Dinner (GWU)

BBQ & Closing Social (Park Discovery)

What You Need:

GWU On-Campus Students: Please confirm with your mentor right away whether you plan to participate in this simulation. All participants will need the following:

  1. Personal access to a computer with an internet connection during the simulation hours (approximately 6 hours per day). Students who don't own computers should try to arrange borrowing from a friend or neighbor--at your house or theirs--or participating with a roommate who has a computer.
  2. A computer headset with microphone. You can order a headset through GWU for $10. Headsets must be ordered and paid for by Tues. April 21st at 2:00 pm.

If you want a headset email Jessica Pinkston (jessikino@gmail.com) and be sure to pay her via check or cash before the 21st at 3:00 pm. Payment for headsets can be left with the receptionist.

Dress:

Casual dress--normal student attire--is appropriate for this simulation.

Meals:

As the schedule above shows, breakfast is provided Mon-Thurs, dinner Tues-Thurs. There is no spring formal; this year we are having a casual closing social at Park Discovery (2077 West Royal Hunte Drive, Cedar City).

Cost:

Participation is free to all currently enrolled (Winter 2009) on-campus students.  The cost for all other attendees is $190.00.

Registration:

To register please call the Office of Seminar Registrations at (435) 586-6570.

Scenario: 

The year is 2013. Just months ago, President Obama won the election and began his second term as President of the United States. On February 23, while Air Force 1 was taking off from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, a hidden guerilla fighter was able to deploy an RPG. The rocket propelled grenade hit engine #3, ignited the fuel cells, and brought the President and everyone aboard down in a mass of flames. The devastation was recorded by numerous media agencies and all 112 people aboard died. Vice-President Hillary Clinton took office within hours of the confirmation that the President had, indeed, perished. 

On March 15, 2013 the most sophisticated and wide-reaching web of intrigue in the history of the world was played out within a ninety-minute window. A precise combination of nuclear attacks launched between the United States, Russia, Europe, India, Pakistan, North Korea, China, Taiwan, and even Cuba, devastated most of the major world capitals. In addition, smaller operations of sniper attacks, dirty bomb explosions, key infrastructure terrorism, assassinations, and arson were reported to have taken place within those 5,400 seconds. Over the next several weeks further calamity resulted from mass rioting, vandalism, theft, and other atrocities. 

Most of Central and South America remained unscathed, with the exceptions of Panama, Maracaibo, Buenos Aires, and Mexico City, all of which were destroyed by nuclear attacks. Also surviving was much of the intermountain west in Mexico, the United States, and Canada comprised of a narrow strip that included most of Chihuahua, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Alberta and Saskatchewan.  This region was virtually untouched—like a clear swath between two horrible tornadoes to the east and west. Also in good condition was most of Africa, the provincial areas of Western China, and rural Australia.  

Massive winds, rain, and then flooding began soon after the 54-hundred, and didn’t let up until roughly a month later on April 15, after which recovery could begin in earnest. After the repair of some fiber-optic hubs it was realized that the World Wide Web still worked with its complex web of commercial and residential servers. While many sites were down, communication from Chihuahua all the way to Saskatchewan worked surprisingly well, and many other parts of the world began to communicate with each other and realize the extent of the devastation. The need for plans to create order, get crops in the ground for hopes of at least one or two good harvests, and get commerce going again were among the most discussed topics on surviving social networks.  

It is obvious to nearly all that some kind of relationship must be created between the variety of community and provincial leaders between Chihuahua and Saskatchewan in what is now being called “The Swath”. Several of the older politicians who were in various levels of local and state governments prior to the attacks have begun to gather and plan. It was announced that they will unveil their strategies for: 1) Short-term Survival, 2) Economic Recovery, and 3) Governmental Forms for The Swath on May 1, 2013. It is rumored that their plans include Martial Law, Mandated Communal Survival Strategies, Mandated Socialistic Economic Structures, and a Strong Central Government to enforce all of these things. With so much anxiety in the last two months, many survivors are grateful for the leadership that these older politicians are showing, but there also seems to be a large number of people who worry that these solutions will be more severe than needed, and will lead to precedence unfriendly to liberty.  

For this reason, the young Governor of Arizona, Isabella Gonzalez, and a bright attorney from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada, Dwight Johansen, quickly organized a grassroots conference to present a “Plan B” to the public on the same day. The hope is that people will see a viable principle-centered alternative, and a healthy public debate will ensue. Since many roads and transportation options were destroyed by the winds, rain, and vandalism, and for fear that a gathering of this kind might be shut down by authorities, the conference is to be held entirely online. Then, on the afternoon of April 30 at 3:00 PM (the entire Swath uses MST), a series of several 4-minute YouTube videos, including some flash presentations and pdf files will be blasted out to everyone possible. If people can be convinced of the good sense of this Plan B, maybe they will not so quickly accept what the old-line politicians offer. If they are unsuccessful at getting a quality plan and presentation together by April 30, the momentum may be lost, and freedom with it. 

 
Rules and Instructions
 
  • You will be given a persona to use during the simulation. This includes a name, a picture of yourself, where you live, your profession, and your religious background. Please use only that persona in all of your communications to help facilitate the idea that a diverse mix of strangers are meeting together in an attempt to work out solutions to problems.  If you figure out the true identity of people when discussing topics in the Elluminate software please stay in character yourself and do your best to “see” the other people in their characters as well, remembering that your goal is to solve the problem. 
  • Your persona has a Gmail account to use for communication, in addition to the Elluminate software. These tools are for the simulation only.  Please do not waste valuable time with the various games, quizzes, advertisements, forwards, and doodads. Please do not change your passwords. 
  • You have been assigned a delegation (denoted by color) based on where “you” live. You will work with the same delegation for the duration of the simulation on creating a persuasive final product (YouTube video, flash presentation, pdf, etc). Your Team Leader will contact you via email with further information. 
  • After extensive and dangerous travel, the members of your delegation will be able to meet in person to work on projects starting Wednesday at 10:00 AM, but not before. All prior interaction amongst members of the same delegation must be done online. Interaction between different delegations must only be done online until Thursday, April 30 at 3:00 PM. (This includes classroom scheduling.) 
  • An integral part of this simulation is utilizing each aspect of the online classrooms and communications. Your Team Leader will give you daily assignments designed to test the distinct features of the OLS software, the Elluminate programs, and then review your experiences. Please complete these assignments promptly and return them to your Team Leader at the end of each day. (Additional daily assignments are available upon request.) 
  • On Thursday, April 30 at 3:00 PM the final products are due. At that time we will review your accomplishments, release your identities, talk about your effectiveness, and have a comprehensive content debrief. Good luck!

 

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