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Veranstaltungen von Dr. Yann Boulestreau


Serious gaming to foster sustainability transition. The case of the agroecological transition of agrifood system. Group 2 (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Yann Boulestreau

14-täglich | Freitag | 08:15 - 11:45 | 17.10.2022 - 03.02.2023 | C 5.311 | .

Inhalt: Summary: This course will teach you how to develop and use serious games with real-world stakeholders to support them in their sustainability transition. As expert in agroecology and regenerative agriculture, I will mainly take examples coming from the agricultural and food sector. Therefore, I will introduce you to sustainability issues and potential solutions in this field. If you want to get a sense on how serious gaming can help with (agricultural) sustainability issues, check this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v362bMWL0Yw&t=2s&ab_channel=TEDxTalks . Program: During this course, I will first provide you with a broad overview of sustainability challenges in agrifood systems and how the application of the agroecological paradigm can help to tackle them. Second, I will briefly present to you the diversity of types of serious games and their use. Then, I will make you test serious games that were designed to tackle sustainability issues. Finally, you will design, in groups, your own serious games to tackle sustainability issues regarding farming and/or food. I will support you by providing theoretical inputs as well as practical feedback on your project. In that way, with my support, you will gain knowledge and competencies in the serious game design process from the problem analysis to the implementation of the game in collective workshops. Background: Sustainability issues are often complex problems, characterized by interactions between multiple stakeholders (e.g. farmers, marketing firms, R&D, consumers, policy marker), multiple levels (e.g. field, farm, territory, value chain) and multiple dimensions (socio-cultural, institutional, political, biophysical, technological, economic). Current agrifood system dynamics worldwide, and especially the farming practices, are the main cause of large sustainability issues such as climate change, biodiversity losses and top soil run-off. Yet, the application of the agroecology paradigm [1] offers solutions. For instance, conservation agriculture practices increase carbon storage in the soil and soil biodiversity, and reduce run-off. However, in many cases, the alternative agroecological practices are not widely implemented, even if they outperform conventional practices both economically and ecologically. The alternative practices are confronted to a web of interactions between stakeholders, techniques, artifacts, shared norms, values, paradigms and institutions that hold together and lock out the alternative techniques. Specific methods need to be used to collectively overcome such complex problems and speed up the transition toward agroecology. Serious games have been proven to be very effective for dealing with complex sustainability problems. They enable simulating the problem by representing the main interactions. They are immersive tools that can be used to make the stakeholder-players quickly gain a comprehensive understanding of the problem, shift their point of view and understand better the others’ perspective. They also create a protected space where innovative solutions can be tested with no risk of consequences. Serious games are used by professional facilitators/advisors as well as by researchers. The last ones use them in action-research program to gain a better understanding of the problem under study while trying to find solutions together with the stakeholders. They are currently more and more used to accompany the transition of agrifood systems toward agroecology as well as the sustainability transition in general. In my view, it is a method you must have in your toolbox, if you want to engage directly with stakeholders of sustainability issues to support their transition(s). It can be used with professionals, citizens, NGOs, students, to convey very effectively a good understanding about a complex problem, shift points of view, inspire new ideas, etc. [1] defined as “the application of ecological concepts and principles to the design and management of sustainable agrifood systems”