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Water 2018, 10(2), 227; https://doi.org/10.3390/w10020227

Experiential Learning through Role-Playing: Enhancing Stakeholder Collaboration in Water Safety Plans

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IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, 2611 AX Delft, The Netherlands
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École Polytechnique de Montréal, P.O. Box 6079, Downtown Station, Montreal, QC H3C 3A7, Canada
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King’s College London, Department of Geography, The Strand, London WC2R 2LS, UK
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Received: 13 December 2017 / Revised: 1 February 2018 / Accepted: 15 February 2018 / Published: 23 February 2018
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Improved water safety management, as addressed by the Sustainable Development Goals, can be aided by Water Safety Planning, a risk-assessment and risk-management approach introduced by the World Health Organization and implemented to date in 93 countries around the globe. Yet, this approach still encounters some challenges in practice, including that of securing collaboration among the broad range of stakeholders involved. This paper presents a role-playing game designed to foster stakeholder collaboration in Water Safety Plans (WSP). In this role-play, participants take on different stakeholders’ roles during a collective (team-based) decision-making process to improve water supply safety in a fictive town. The game is the result of a transdisciplinary initiative aimed at integrating knowledge across technical and governance aspects of WSPs into an active learning experience for water sector actors from diverse backgrounds. It exposes participants to the four phases of Kolb’s experiential learning cycle: concrete experience, reflective observation, conceptualization and active experimentation. This paper discusses potential impacts of the WSP role-play, including skills and knowledge development among participants, which can support cross-sectoral integration and dealing with complexity in decision-making. These are capacity assets strongly needed to address water safety management challenges in a sustainable way. View Full-Text
Keywords: active learning; drinking water; role-play; stakeholder collaboration; Water Safety Plan; water supply active learning; drinking water; role-play; stakeholder collaboration; Water Safety Plan; water supply
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Ferrero, G.; Bichai, F.; Rusca, M. Experiential Learning through Role-Playing: Enhancing Stakeholder Collaboration in Water Safety Plans. Water 2018, 10, 227.

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