STRATAGEM: a suppressive game
As unfortunately not to be expected otherwise, a game to completely ignore all of today's opportunities to advance a developing country. A training in wrong concepts.
STRATAGEM | Simulation for sustainable development | AAI Salzburg
developed with Dennis Meadows (Club of Rome) strategic business game "Stratagem" simulates the (sustainable) development in an emerging country. The multidisciplinary and dimensional theme of sustainable development can thus be made tangible through direct experience. Location: AAI Salzburg, Philharmonikergasse 2, 10 am - 6 pm. Participants can gain insights into the relevant problems and connections, make their own decisions and experience the consequences of their actions, using a realistic and complex scenario. As a result, scope for action and different fields of actors are modeled and the respectively dominating compulsions to act, interests and resistances can be experienced.
On December 15, 2017 at 10:00 in the premises of the AAI were at 2 tables so gathered 13 participants, great surprise, on each table was a kind of board game, which reminded of a slightly larger Monopoli. Next game idea and rules were explained. The decisions of the government of a developing country are simulated over 50 years. The participants at each table should play 5 ministers and make decisions.
When I asked questions about the options for making decisions, it quickly became clear that this is not about sustainable development, but about conditioning the participants that sustainable development is not possible.
No answer was given, although the geographical situation has a decisive influence. But the high birth rate made it clear: it is an African country. In South America and Asia, the birth rates have fallen significantly, only Africa is there a regrettable exception.
Where can I set different import tariffs for fossil energy and renewable energy production in this game? Nowhere! There is no design opportunity for the energy sector in this game.
To build central fossil power plants in a sunny developing country is criminal stupidity. Central fossil power plants have a lot of disadvantages:
There is no energy price development in this 20 year old game. The price of photovoltaic has fallen over 90% during this time. For oil is much more expensive than 20 years ago. Everything is negated in this game. Why? Because Dennis Meadows negated the possibilities of renewable energy as early as 1972, when he wrote the bible of the doomsday sect "Limits of Growth". Only from this negation of renewable energy could pseudo-scientific outgrowths arise like the "post-growth economy".
Post-growth economics and a new Record Lowest Price for Feeding Solar Power in Saudi Arabia at US $ 0.0179? Absolutely not fit together, can only be explained with a firm unwavering faith.
Is the game and its rules realistic? That's probably the first thing to question in every game. But the rest of the participants were not ready for that and probably indoctrinated for 8 hours with this systematic denial of renewable energy and all its benefits.