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Friday, September 23 • 9:00am - 11:00am
(REF 23128) Making science work for policy: interactive experience of the “Future of Food” social simulation.

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The global food production system has become increasingly complex and intertwined with the domains of trade, security, and finance. At the same time, it continues to be very vulnerable to climate impacts such as floods, tropical cyclones, wildfires, droughts, and heatwaves - that are becoming more and more common in an unstable climate. Moreover, globalization makes it more probable that these impacts will trigger events that will cascade from one region to another. A drought in one major breadbasket region, followed by increased food prices may pose a threat to the security of food import-dependent regions on the other side of the globe. Extreme weather events may not only directly hit food production sites but also major transportation routes and hubs, disrupting critical supply chains on a global scale. On top of that, more and more voices raise the issue of how biodiversity, communities, lands, and the environment are affected globally by food production practices, and how food production itself accelerates the climate crisis.
From these considerations, the following questions arise: How do we feed the global population while staying within ecological limits? How can this be done sustainably and in collaboration with local communities/partners around the world? How can we foster collaboration to plan and implement a global food system that is effective, efficient, sustainable, and just, for all? The Cascading Climate Impacts simulation creates a playground to explore those questions.
The Cascading Climate Impacts simulation is an online, narrative-oriented experience that brings the participants to the near future. The simulation is arranged within a virtual conference center, as a series of collective decisions preceded by several meetings and discussions. Participants assume the roles of representatives of various countries and organizations responsible for global safety and well-being. In these roles, they explore several interactive storylines offering diverse perspectives. They are confronted with a scenario of dramatic events caused by and connected to the climate crisis. Participants are invited to work together to decide on policy propositions for counteracting the emerging crises. The immersive character of their experience stimulates imagination, invokes emotions, encourages learning and knowledge sharing, and motivates action.

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Nicole Arbour

Executive Director, Belmont Forum
Dr. Nicole Arbour is the Executive Director of the Belmont Forum, where she works with members and partners, leading the secretariat to support the delivery of the Belmont Challenge.She came to this role from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), where she was the External Relations Manager, actively involved in developing and maintaining relationships between IIASA its national members.Nicole has spent the bulk of her career at the international science interface, building and developing bilateral and multinational relationships... Read More →
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Piotr Magnuszewski

Scientific Director, Centre for Systems Solutions
I work on the question of what makes things complex and how to understand and manage this complexity. I have been working for decades as a systems modeler, game designer, professional trainer, facilitator and researcher to provide tools for people in all sectors to make better policies... Read More →

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Ramin Sedehi

Founder, Impact Human Learning
Ramin is passionate about closing the gaps between science, education, society, and policymakers to understand the depth and breadth of humanity's challenges. To impact the health of communities, improve educational markers, and, most importantly, uphold democratic values and build... Read More →

Friday September 23, 2022 9:00am - 11:00am EDT