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Ready for Drought? A Community Resilience Role-Playing Game

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School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 3310 Holdrege Street, Lincoln, NE 68583-0988, USA
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National Drought Mitigation Center, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 3310 Holdrege Street, P.O. Box 830988, Lincoln, NE 68583-0988, USA
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Water 2020, 12(9), 2490; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12092490
Received: 19 August 2020 / Revised: 2 September 2020 / Accepted: 4 September 2020 / Published: 6 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Literacy and Education)
Drought is an abstract and complex phenomenon that can be difficult for many people to comprehend. Proactive planning to improve response during drought events is necessary but complicated because it involves stakeholders and decision-makers with competing interests. A category of games, called serious games, have proven to be helpful when learning about abstract concepts, and for improving communication and conflict resolution with respect to water-related issues. In this study, we present a new in-person role-playing game that serves as a drought educational tool in both classroom and professional settings. The message of the game emphasizes the importance of communication and cooperation between various communities and sectors that can be affected by drought. Furthermore, it also encourages discussions and collaborations between stakeholders involved in drought planning and can serve as an icebreaker activity. The game has been played in a variety of settings including university classes, university extension workshops, and drought workshops. This study describes the game itself, its development, and the results of surveys from game participants that were used to evaluate the usability of the game as an educational and icebreaker activity. View Full-Text
Keywords: serious game; drought planning; icebreaker; drought education; social learning serious game; drought planning; icebreaker; drought education; social learning
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Poděbradská, M.; Noel, M.; Bathke, D.J.; Haigh, T.R.; Hayes, M.J. Ready for Drought? A Community Resilience Role-Playing Game. Water 2020, 12, 2490. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12092490

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Poděbradská M, Noel M, Bathke DJ, Haigh TR, Hayes MJ. Ready for Drought? A Community Resilience Role-Playing Game. Water. 2020; 12(9):2490. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12092490

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Poděbradská, Markéta, Mary Noel, Deborah J. Bathke, Tonya R. Haigh, and Michael J. Hayes 2020. "Ready for Drought? A Community Resilience Role-Playing Game" Water 12, no. 9: 2490. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12092490

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