I was recently invited in to facilitate a lunch-and-learn event at CUSO in Ottawa, Canada, to demonstrate how serious games can be applied to humanitarian learning. Given that the session was scheduled for only an hour, I elected to present AFTERSHOCK, an excellent learning game developed by Prof. Rex Brynen (McGill/PAXsims.org) and Tom Fisher (Imaginetic). AFTERSHOCK participants are responsible for […]
Johanna Reynolds took the time to sit down with Matt Stevens, LLST’s Director and design lead. They chat about Matt’s history, why he formed LLST, and why simulations are important. Lessons Learned Simulations & Training (LLST) was founded in 2018 after you spent more than 10 years working with refugee and migrants, primarily in the Middle East. Tell us a […]
During the recent delivery of “The Day My Life Froze” at York University, LLST was privileged to be supported by Nicole Vassiliou, a volunteer with the Centre for Refugee Studies Student Caucus. Nicole is a Masters student at the Department of International Development at York University. She carried out her Masters research with refugees in Greece while completing an internship […]
On February 23 and 24, Lessons Learned delivered our first full-scale professional development course. The course, titled “‘The Day My Life Froze’: Urban Refugees in the Humanitarian System”, was delivered in a promotional capacity to students of York University in Toronto, in collaboration with the Centre for Refugee Studies Student Caucus.
It has been a delightfully interesting—and busy—few weeks for Matt and the Lessons Learned team! Unfortunately, this has put us a little bit behind on our regular updates. Read on for a roundup of events past and posts to come.
Several weeks ago, Lessons Learned hosted a test of “The Day My Life Froze”, a simulation for 15-25 participants which models the dynamics of an urban refugee response in a fictional country of first asylum.
Lessons Learned is offering a pre-release delivery of the two-day professional development course “The Day My Life Froze”: Urban Refugees in the Humanitarian System for free to interested graduate and undergraduate students. The event will take place at York University in Toronto, on February 23rd and 24th. See the Eventbrite page for more information and to secure your place, or […]
As previously alluded to, on Nov. 22-23, I had the good fortune to attend a workshop entitled ‘Serious Games for Policy Analysis and Capacity-Building,’ delivered by Prof. Rex Brynen (McGill, PAXsims) via the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs Professional Training and Development centre. The course was rich in history, provided extensive examples of modern applications of simulations and wargaming […]
Proof that games have been training some of the world’s most amazing political actors for over 100 years: this week, my social media echo-chambers have been ringing with the “rediscovery” of Suffragetto, a game of activism and state violence designed by the militant British Women’s Social and Political Union circa 1908. Militant suffragettes are pitted against a team of police […]
This is the first in a Lessons Learned series on essential resources for simulation development. Natasha Gill’s e-book, Inside the Box: Using Integrative Simulations to Teach Conflict, Negotiations and Mediation, is (in my admittedly humble opinion) very nearly a one-stop shop for educational simulation development. While Gill designs simulations specifically to teach peacebuilding negotiation skills, her method and accompanying manual […]