Organization: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

Session Lead: Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, Caribbean Center for Disaster Medicine; American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

Time: 9:00-12:30

Summary: Our approach is to empower decision-making and risk management by facilitating game play and using participatory, game-based processes for accelerating learning, fostering dialogue, and promoting action through real-world decisions with an emphasis on strengthening disaster risk management. We use games to provide a hands-on opportunity for enhancing systems thinking, collaboration across borders, and data-driven decision making. Games can meaningfully engage people in experiencing complex systems to better understand their current or potential role in transforming them that include consequences for themselves and their community, in a way that is serious and fun. Game play provides a group learning experience that generates a collective intelligence that can set the stage for deep discussion and truly participatory dialogue. We will discuss the need for in the Caribbean context of monitoring and evaluation, baseline studies, and after-action review on game play effectiveness. All participants will play a board game (Friday Night at the ER) facilitated by the presenters that will introduce principles of Systems Thinking and enable you to apply the concepts and understand how to share accountability and improve interdisciplinary teamwork.

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