Collaborative Modeling Workshop
Collaborative Modeling (CM) is a proven approach to frame and inform decisions for complex sustainability and resilience challenges. Such “wicked problems” are characterized by a lack of consensus on the causes and best solutions. Stakeholders approaching the issue from different perspectives often have different understandings of the relationships between valued resources and system processes. By working through a guided, participatory system dynamics modeling process, the concerns and expertise of multiple decision-makers can be integrated into a holistic framework. The CM approach is particularly powerful in situations where substantial information exists, but it has not yet been integrated and synthesized in ways that are useful to end users in their evaluation of management or policy options.
What can participants expect to get out of this workshop? 1. Experience using collaborative system dynamics modeling as a tool for integrating diverse perspectives and expertise to define problems and test solutions2. Deeper understanding of interconnections among valued resources in the Mississippi Sound region, including the eastern portion of Louisiana and the western portion of lower Alabama.3. Insight into different perspectives and priorities that have influenced management decisions historically.4. Opportunity to contribute to a conversation about proposed solutions to interrelated regional management challenges, with a specific focus on addressing the impacts of the opening of the Bonnet Carré spillway. .