The final round for the mercury treaty negotiations concluded in January in Geneva, Switzerland. Noelle Selin and Leah Stokes, who wrote the
mercury game, attended the negotiations along with students from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. The experience confirmed that the mercury game closely parallels the dynamics in the actual UN negotiations.
We presented the Mercury Game at the AGU Science Policy conference.
Here is our poster, which shows some preliminary results from game plays.
You can download the poster here:
AGU Science Policy – Stokes & Selin
The Mercury game was played on October 10th, 2012 in Larry Susskind and William Moomaw’s course on International Environmental Negotiation. The students in the course have backgrounds in policy and negotiation and are from countries around the world. One of the students had attended the international mercury negotiations for the past several years. She commented [...]
The Mercury Game is now being played in science and social science classrooms around the world. We wanted to share with you some of the feedback we’ve received on the game, in case you are thinking about using the game in your courses but want some feedback from existing users.
“Just wanted to [...]
An updated version of the full Mercury Game package was posted on January 30th 2012. The package includes an 11th role – India – which can be played optionally with larger groups.
The game also includes an updated version of the Teaching Note and updated surveys, including online links to the surveys.
We are currently [...]
The Mercury Game surveys, used before and after the game play, can now be filled out by participants online. The surveys only take 10 minutes to complete and can be sent to participants with other game materials before the game. The second survey can be sent in a follow up email right after the game [...]
The Mercury Game was featured in the most recent issue of Teaching Negotiation Volume 4, Issue 2, published by Negotiation Pedagogy at the Program on Negotiation (NP@PON) at Harvard University. The text for the article is below.
The Mercury Game:
Teaching about the role of scientific information in international environmental negotiations
by Leah Stokes
Check out the new video about the Mercury Game, featuring game developer Leah Stokes (MIT PhD student)!
The mercury game will be played as a short course on Sunday July 24th from 1-4 pm in Halifax, Canada at the International Conference of Mercury as a Global Pollutant. Players will include mercury scientists and staff from national environmental agencies.
The game research is also being presented at the “United Nations Environment Programme Global [...]
Please watch this space for the launch of the mercury game in July 2011.