Earlier this month the Divided Community Project released the “Midland Simulation: A Table-Top Exercise on Leadership During Community Division and Civil Unrest.” As part of the DCP’s Columbus pilot project, twenty civic leaders in Columbus (Ohio) participated in the multi-party simulation–three of their immediate reactions are available on Vimeo. Upper Arlington (Ohio) Police Chief Tracy Hahn considers how to connect with community groups. Columbus State Community College Special Assistant to the President Kim Brazwell explains that the simulation helps illustrate “which voices were missing in the room from all types of diversity elements” and was profound in highlighting what resources the community might be missing. Imran Malik, Executive President of the Noor Islamic Center, emphasized relationships and collaboration should be pro-active and should not simply react to divisive community issues. Take a look at their reactions on video!
While debriefing The Midland Simulation the DCP’s Columbus pilot project clarified its mission to plan in advance of civil unrest and recognized the challenges and opportunities posed by social media. The simulation is designed to test the preparation of participants to lead during a crisis involving community division and to help them appreciate the value of preparing ahead of a crisis, especially in an era of increasingly instantaneous communication.
The Midland Simulation was developed by recent Moritz Law graduate Jackie Fisher as part of an independent study with DCP Steering Committee Member Nancy Rogers.