A Few Simple Rules to Follow

  1. STAY ENGAGED

    • Be present and attentive throughout the day; bring your A-game and come prepared to problem solve

    • Think outside the box and try to be proactive - anticipate potential problems and needs

    • Challenge yourself to look at the bigger picture (strategic) rather than getting bogged down in the details (operational/tactical)

    • Be flexible and willing to work on multiple projects; simulations are a team effort

  2. DO NOT FIGHT THE SIMULATION

    • Sometimes things will happen in the simulation that are unrealistic or that gloss over bureaucratic intricacies​

    • These events are features, not bugs - our design team has made the conscious decision to include them

    • Your job is to address whatever scenario we give you, to the best of your ability; we always build scenarios that have multiple possible solutions

    • While we strive for realism, but sometimes the simulation or scenario necessitates a specific event - trust that we are giving you all the information you need for your role

  3. FOCUS ON YOUR ROLE

    • Every role in the simulation brings a unique and important perspective to the ​simulation

    • When you receive your assignment, consider what ideas your office and department bring to the simulation

    • Remain true to your role; if you're in the State Department, you can't conduct black ops military operations - but you can travel abroad to meet with countries, and negotiate international treaties

    • As the scenario evolves, consider how your role fits into the larger picture, and what you can do to help