Group Communication & Decision Making

Public Policy Simulation



$95 ($20 education) / seat

Simulation Overview

This team based simulation requires players to balance their interests, the interests of their constituents, and their team members to create a wildfire mitigation plan.

The Story

Nestled in the mountains of the Western United States, surrounded by forests, players work on a special taskforce of 5 other players to create a wildfire mitigation plan for the fictional town of Westmount. Each player is given a role and specific interests and outcomes for the wildfire mitigation plan. These goals, fueled by their personal & professional interests as well as the interests of their constituents, provide them an ideal plan. With it’s mix of burning and thinning, each player works with the other members of their taskforce to decide how much of the forest to mitigate, and how to enact the mitigation.

Players will play as:

  • A representative of a local coalition called Westmount United
  • The U.S. Forest Service district ranger
  • The mayor of Westmount
  • A representative from an environmental organization called Save Our Forests
  • The manager of the municipal water authority called Metro Water

The multiplayer synchronous simulation takes place over five rounds, which correspond to five months in the scenario. Each round includes an in-class meeting where participants meet face-to-face for ~30 minutes, resulting in specific decisions about the relevant regions on the wildfire mitigation map.

Learning Focus

  • Strategic communication
  • Group decision making and conflict management
  • Managing stakeholder interests
  • Negotiate favorable outcomes over multiple rounds
  • Manage and adapt a plan based on available information

This simulation comes with a Teaching Guidebook for the facilitator along with 1:1 training sessions, free trials, videos and more.


This simulation is by Matthew Koschmann, College of Media, Communication and Information, University of Colorado Boulder, and Forio

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