The Scenario is a global current events game, co-hosted by Crosscut Public Media, the World Affairs Council, Impact Hub Seattle, and the Seattle Globalist, in which issues and situations from around the world are applied as if they’re occurring right here in the Northwest. Participants are assigned to teams representing different perspectives and roles, and given the challenge to address concerns of their stakeholder groups in order to resolve the hypothetical scenario. Each team sends a spokesperson to the event’s “press conference,” in which proposed solutions are presented to the broader game audience and a panel of experts who apply each proposed solution or position to the actual current event.
Across the world, water levels have risen faster than any climate models predicted. The Marshall Islands and Guam, both U.S. protectorates, are underwater. As is most of Hawaii. Other parts of the U.S. have experienced rapid desertification. Las Vegas has been evacuated, and California’s once-fertile Central Valley is a wasteland where only buzzards and criminals languish.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, things are still relatively stable. There has been some rationing. As water resources across the country dwindle, the city has enabled a mandatory once-a-week shower regimen and lawns have been outlawed. Only government-sanctioned food-producing gardens are allowed and it is now illegal to drive a car with fewer than two passengers. Despite these hardships, the Pacific Northwest’s relative fertility and water abundance make it the nation’s most desirable region and housing and transportation infrastructure are stretched to capacity. Due to criminal levels of inactivity regarding issues of climate change and state infrastructure, the state Supreme Court has disbanded the Washington Legislature and an emergency election has been called to institute a new system of governance. Each team will establish a platform and put forward a candidate to act as Washington’s new leader.Find out more »
Join Global Washington and the Housing Development Consortium as we welcome Haas UC Berkley Professor Jane Wei-Skillern for a half-day workshop on successful nonprofit partnerships. We will discuss common sets of principles shared by effective networks, participants will have an opportunity to share their own experiences through peer discussions, and you will walk away with a greater understanding of how to apply research and success stories to your own work. Learn how to get to scale by leveraging powerful collaborations.Find out more »
How can educators best use the latest digital tools in their classrooms? How can teachers connect to resources around the world using Google products? Which tools are most effective at engaging learners?
Google education experts, will introduce and demonstrate new educational tools and resources that teachers can use to enhance their teaching and engage students. These will include “Connected Classrooms” that enable students to take virtual field trips; the “Google Cultural Institute,” which allows students to discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives around the world; “Constitute,” a digital collection of constitutions from across the globe; “Google Maps for Education” that give students access to mapping tools; and, “Hangouts” that connect students with classrooms and speakers internationally.
Next, we will move across the hall to join the public program, Freedom and Power in the Digital Age. We will hear from Ben Blink, Senior Policy Analyst at Google and founding member of its free expression and international relations team. In the last 25 years, the Internet has changed the way people access and share information, and has shifted the dynamics of societies around the globe. Those with a web connection have the potential to take any message and reach an audience of millions. But this individual potential is only possible when the Internet is open and free for its users. More than 600 million Internet users – over 30% of the world’s total Internet population – live in countries where there is substantial filtering or censorship of online content. Join us to discuss what the Internet and online freedom mean for the world and its impact on the future of democracy, human rights, and economic growth.
Registration includes presentations, 3 clock hours, wine reception, light buffet, and resource packetFind out more »
In the last 25 years, the Internet has changed the way people access and share information, and has shifted the dynamics of societies around the globe. Those with a web connection have the potential to take any message and reach an audience of millions. But this individual potential is only possible when the Internet is open and free for its users. More than 600 million Internet users – over 30% of the world’s total Internet population – live in countries where there is substantial filtering or censorship of online content. Ben Blink, Senior Policy Analyst and founding member of Google’s Free Expression and International Relations team, will discuss what the Internet and online freedom mean for the world and its impact on the future of democracy, human rights, and economic growth.Find out more »