Simulations have been with us for years and can take a lot of different forms. For some people their immersion in a novel is like a simulation as they take on the identity of a character. For others watching a griping movie does the same thing. For others immersion might be a mathematical puzzle or maybe a role playing simulation where people take on the daily lives of people living in a certain period in history. For many who have taken to “gaming” those are all forms of simulations.
Those of us associated with Simulations Foundation have learned the power of simulations. We want to help people improve their lives one day at a time. We want to help citizens improve their community and their country. We want to help humankind’s chance at long-term survival by giving individuals, their politicians, their governments and people around the world a fresh perspective that might lead them to better decision making.
Our core believes are:
1. people are basically good
2. the majority of people will do what is best for society if given the chance
3. society is evolving in a positive direction
4. we believe that we can individually and as a group make a difference
So what will Simulations Foundation do to put our plan into action. Our current plan is taking three distinct avenues.
- Creating a “Classroom Country” – This is an education simulation which turns the microcosm of a classroom into a functioning country with its own governance and economy. This simulation becomes a shell within which a teacher teaches all of the other subject matter in their curriculum. While doing this, it immerses the students into the process of building a country from scratch.
- Southern Green Alliance – We have partnered with some university professors and scientist to work at bring the knowledge and expertise down to local businesses and municipalities. The goal is to help small business and municipalities who do not have the money to hire experts can seek help from the Southern Green Alliance (SGA). SGA will then attempt to match the end user with the knowledge base.
- “Students Taking Action” – This simulation challenges students to research real time problems in the world, develop potential remedies, discuss and defend their positions and then promoting their potential remedies by going to decision makers directly.
The projects we are taking on are just a few examples of positive us of simulations and see what we are doing as just a place to “start.” People have created all kinds of simulations. We would like, through the foundation, to promote these simulations bringing the best to attention of individuals, companies, decision makers, teachers throughout the world.
We would also like to promote the companies and the people that create these simulations. Simulations are not made in a vacuum. Universities, companies, teachers, individuals and even children make some great simulations. We would like to help bring attention to these individuals and groups, highlighting the positive impact they have on our society.
Simulations can vary greatly. Some might be large like an easily understood simulation which shows the effects each of us has on climate change. Smaller ones might teach money management skills. For example how saving 10% of what you make every pay period can create incredible freedom and a positive retirement.
We invite you and those you care about to join with us in our effort to help humanity survive and get more out of life while they are doing it.