This Webinar will present a new online application for developing and delivering training in conflict resolution. Sea Change Simulations will present version 0.9.9 of the USIP OSP - the world's only open source platform to allow anyone to quickly create, conduct, refine and share online training simulations. This tool has been used to prepare peacebuilders for dangerous assignments, and in the classroom to allow students to engage in, and to create simulations. Feedback received during the conference will be incorporated into the 1.0 release of the software.
This is a powerful opportunity for members of the community to help shape a tool that will become increasingly invaluable to them. The 1.0 release will be released shortly after the meeting along with a contest to design the best simulation to teach online negotiation. Details on the contest and on the next release will be provided during the event.
Ronald "Skip" Cole
Sea Change Simulations
Ronald Cole is the founder of Sea Change Simulations, LLC. Formerly a Senior Program Officer at the USIP, his personal mission is life is to make simulation technology accessible to everyone. He strongly believes that if the human race is to survive we need to make our mistakes in virtual worlds, and to also develop the empathy and holistic perspectives that only come from either hard experience, or from participating in and creating simulations. Cole has extensive experience in the field of simulation, both in content and technology. He has developed simulations of molecular dynamics, business decision-making processes and for peacebuilders in complicated and complex environments. He is a Sun-certified enterprise architect, programmer and developer, and Oracle-certified database associate. He was a nuclear reactor operator in the U.S. Navy, has worked for a number of private-sector firms (including Arthur Andersen) and has teaching experience. He has a B.S. in biophysics from the University of Connecticut (summa cum laude), a master’s in biophysics and computational biology from the University of Illinois and a master’s in global management from the University of Phoenix.
The Sea Change Simulation program would be beneficial in high schools because teens should learn about conflict resolution by participating in role plays in order to bring about positive social change.