Franck BIANCHERI <email@example.com>
Colette Mazzucelli <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Roger Lee Boston <email@example.com>
Mr. John McLeod <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Chris Nicholas <email@example.com>
Sam Venneri <firstname.lastname@example.org>
(1) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I).
I thank you for your continuing interest in our projects.
(2) I have visited your web and was greatly impressed!!
your superb organization of the congress on 10/5th to 7th, 2000 in Paris.
(3) The Global Peace Gaming will firstly have a computer simulation
each country (if possible, with its submodels in various sectors of the
country, e.g., industry, environment, energy, economy, population, etc.)
in computers (desktop or main-frame) located in the country. They will
have their associated web-oriented databases and be connected through
Internet in such a way that they can be executed together as a single
Each computer will then have pseudo-decision-makers
to manipulate their
national policy parameters in cooperation with their counterparts in
other countries with the use of email (or videoconferencing) via
Internet. They will then execute the entire simulation model with the
new policy parameters and with graphical presentations of simulation
results, until someone will request to stop it due to some reasons of
his/her country. All players then discuss via email for new set of
policy parameters for next execution period, and so on.
Those pseudo-decision-makers are the game players.
They will follow
pre-set scenario to play games of international policy makings for
attaining peace among countries.
industrial smog and automobile exhaust in European
countries cause acid rain which harms forestry and fishery in
Scandinavian countries. How should each European country prevent
such occurring in cooperation with each other? -- incidentally,
such a scenario was once studied by the International Institute
for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria some
years ago, though their computer simulation model resided in a single computer.
is Colette Mazzucelli's (your friend who
introduced your TIES project to me originally) Kosovo conflict
resolution gaming. She recently presented her project with Roger
Boston and David Johnson during their Starlink session -- see
<http://www.teched.org/starlink>. It was very excellent and
succinct presentation, though it does not have quantitative
computer simulation models yet, for discussion basing on facts
and figures" as John McLeod often urged. John's contention is
that huge time and money for the preparation of simulation/gaming
should not be wasted with mere normative (qualitative) discussions alone.
During our Tampere
event <www.uta.fi/EGEDL/>, we tested NetMeeting
videoconferencing via broadband Internet between the University of
Tampere, Finland and Montana State University, even though there
were more than a dozen routers made by different makers. It
produced high quality audio and video, signifying that there was
no packet loss and time delay. This means that synchronous,
simultaneous execution of dispersed, distributed computer
simulation submodels for our peace gaming via broadband Internet
is now technologically possible.
(4) Excerpts from my hook draft/Chapter 5: Global University for Global Peace Gaming":
peace gaming of GLOSAS is a computerized
gaming/simulation to help decision makers construct a globally
distributed decision-support system for positive sum/win-win
alternatives to conflict and war. The idea involves
interconnecting experts in many countries via global value-added
networks (VANs) to collaborate in discovering new solutions for
world crises, such as the deteriorating ecology of our globe, and
to explore new alternatives for a world order capable of
addressing the problems and opportunities of an interdependent globe.
distributed peace gaming/simulations will be for
policy analysis, conflict resolution, cooperation, and training in
negotiation techniques. Gaming/simulation is the best tool we have
for understanding the world's problems and the solutions we
propose for them. The distributed mode with autonomously
maintained and updated databases and simulation models will not
only give credibility and integrity to the databases and models
but will also motivate local people."
You can find its complete format at;
(5) Such system may be of some interest to policy makers of European Commission.
If the system
users can be extended to K-12 level as envisioned in
the 2nd or 3rd para's from the bottom of Chris' msg, it may
attract some media coverage, too.
However, I must say that it would require considerable
would not be quite ready for your congress in this coming October.
(6) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT II) in response to my
distribution on Global Peace Gaming / Past and future possibilities -
April 17, 2000," which you can find at
(7) Glad to know that you were once involved with Earth monitoring
visualization systems, since our Brazilian colleagues are now soliciting
the participation of the Brazilian Air Force's SIVAM project people in
their mini-workshop and projects -- as you know SIVAM is a similar
project as yours, but for Amazonian rain forest.
(8) During the Founders Conference at the Arthur C. Clark Institute
Telecommunication and Information (CITI) on February 5th, NASA official
presented their plan to construct globally distributed computer
simulation system for K-12 children's designing a rocket.
(9) I think that the construction of globally collaborative environmental
peace gaming/computer simulation system with Systems Dynamics
methodology would be much interesting to them, as you say. I believe
that the cause-and-effect diagram of the Systems Dynamics methodology is
a very good teaching tool for K-12 children to understand
interdependence of world phenomena and affairs. And, this understanding
would be the basis of world peace.
after I took the course on the Systems Dynamics
under Prof. Jay Forrester at the Sloan School of Management at the
M.I.T., I was about to take Research Associate position at Draper
Lab. If I did, I might have joined in Dennis Meadow's group to
produce the "Limits of Growth" book. It was presented and
discussed during the Macro-system simulation session (which was
presided by John McLeod) during the 1971 Summer Computer
Simulation Conference in Boston, MA for which I was the General Chairman.
Anyway, I enjoyed visiting <http://www.globe.gov>.
This URL was created by the
NOAA of the US Dept of Commerce. Mr. John Schmidt, Educational Affair
Division of the NOAA, kindly introduced me to Ms. Sanner of National
Security Council at the White House in order for her to assist Vice
President, Albert Gore's trip to Russia in September of 1993 -- on
satellite videoconference and global networking for environmental
I mentioned subsequent
effects of this connection in my previous
distribution mentioned in Item (6) above.
(10) The prerequisite to global peace gaming is global education.
We are now forging ahead to establish a Global
University System with
global broadband Internet which are to be financed with Global Service
Trust Fund (GSTF). Pls visit URLs listed in ATTACHMENT III for more information.
(11) During our GLOSAS board mtg yesterday, we discussed your cordial
invitation for our participation in your congress.
Although your programs have already been well
set up, should you be able
to kindly accommodate a session of, say, one and a half hour for our
Global University System project, following persons may be able to present our project;
P. Tapio Varis,
Ph.D, Professor (confirmed)
Acting President, Global University System
Professor and Chair
Media Culture and Communication Education
University of Tampere
Tel: +358-3-215 6110
Fax: +358-3-215 7503
Dr. Marco Antonio
R. Dias (tentative)
Vice President, Global University System
Consultant of United Nations University
Former Director, Division of Higher Education of UNESCO
36, Rue Ernest Renan
Tel: +33-1-45 34 3509
Fax: +33-1-45 34 3509
Dr. David A.
Johnson, AICP (confirmed)
Board member of GLOSAS/USA
Former President of Fulbright Association
Professor Emeritus, School of Planning
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tennessee
108-I Hoskins Library
Knoxville, TN 37996-4015
Tel: +1-423-974 5227
Fax: +1-423-974 5229
We would be very happy if you can accept our
proposition. Your European
university coalition may then join together with our GUS' to form the
group of gaming players in the near future.
(12) I look forward to hearing from you soon.
From: "Franck BIANCHERI" <email@example.com>
Subject: Global Peace Game / Newropeans Congress
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2000 09:31:59 +0200
Dear Prof. Utsumi,
I am always very interested by the various emails I receive on your list.
Beside TIES which is developing fairly well and is creating a new type
civil society transcontinental portal (soon a little "TIES brother", SITMED,
will be launched for the EuroMed area), I am in charge of a huge European
project which will take place in Paris on the 5th, 6th and 7th of October 2000
"New Europe, New Challenges, New Generations". or in short the
You can see more of it on http://www.newropeans.org/.
As this congress will also be a European wide event with numerous seminars
taking place in dozens of universities around Europe, and will have several
transcontinental developments, I was very interested by this concept of Global
What does it consists in? Could it be used at the occasion of this October congress?
Thank you for circulating this information.
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2000 08:52:00 -0700
From: Chris Nicholas <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Tak Utsumi <email@example.com>
CC: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Subject: Re: Global Peace Game
Mr. Utsumi -
I must say, it was most fascinating to read through your last
email. I can easily say that my studies and my career have been
extremely influenced by the book "The Limits to Growth" which I
read in high school, and the ongoing S3 column of John McLeod in
Simulation magazine. I spent my early working years at Goodyear
Aerospace working on synthetic aperature radar, and had a chance
to experiment with the Goodyear massively parallel processor
(MPP). The Goodyear team at Goddard Space Flight Center had just
completed working on the Large Area Crop Inventory Experiment
(LACIE) and the Agriculture and resources inventory surveys
through aerospace remote sensing (AGRISTARS) using the MPP. I
have been professionally involved in Earth monitoring and
visualization systems ever since.
I also had the opportunity to be the lead technical resource for
Sun Microsystems' involvement in the Clinton Administration
"Netday" volunteer activity to wire K-12 schools for the
Internet, which reminded me once again of the power in an idea
whose time has come. Since then I have continued volunteering
time with the Oakland school district to build a bare-bones
intranet infrastructure out of entirely donated equipment, and we
now have FreeBSD UNIX servers running email and home accounts
throughout the district. We are multicast enabling the routers as well.
So I certainly am quite convinced in the power of media events
such as Netday. However, I believe that it is too late,
logistically, for us to do anything meaningful for the Earth Day
events of next weekend on the Mall, unless someone else you know
can set up and run compelling visual simulations and convince
people there to use them; I can only provide compute power at the
end of a multicast enabled connection.
As far as a focused, high-profile event, I think we will have to
position it for another time. But if we started now, we could
possibly stage something meaningful for late summer or early
fall, near the elections, but far enough away that there would
still be time to debate the outcomes of the game(s). That might
be the most effective course of action.
What I would like to explore is something that would run globally
for an entire week. That way, perhaps we could generate news
attention such as existed during the famous human-computer chess
challenge. It would be very interesting if it were hierarchical
in nature, to produce both local and global results, soas to give
the results something meaningful locally as well to sustain interest.
If we could recieve some form of input via email from the K-12
level; perhaps they would get to "vote" on policy, it would be
extremely interesting to leverage the schools, data-input, and
political infrastruture of the www.globe.gov effort, and run
models at NASA, NASDA, ESA and IMF, as well as participation from
a few select NGOs currently protesting in downtown Washington.
(Sierra Club, NRDC, etc.)
NSF might be the ideal organization to coordinate a few major
Do you think this is possible?
Reference web sites:
(2) Tampere conference:
(3) Global University System:
(4) Global University System: Asia-Pacific Framework:
"Draft of Travel Grant Application to the National
for the Manila Mini-Workshop -- 1 of 5: Travel Grant Application / 2 of
5: Workshop Schedule / 3 of 5: Grant Nominees / 4 of 5: Philippine
Counterparts / 5 of 5: GUS in the Philippines Pilot Project Proposal -
February 16-17, 2000" at
(5) Global broadband Internet networks:
(6) Global Service Trust Fund (GSTF):
(7) Manaus workshop:
"Draft of Travel Grant Application to the NSF
for the Manaus Mini-Workshop - March 30, 2000" at
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