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Webinar: Complex Problems, Collaborative Solutions — Playing Games for Better Water Management Outcomes

November 14, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST

Join us for this free Urban Waters webinar to learn how communities are using gaming to explore and help drive decisions around water management! See details below. Register here.

When we play a game, we employ creative problem-solving skills in a rule-structured environment in order to achieve a challenging, clearly defined goal. That goal might be completing a quest, solving a puzzle, or defeating an opponent. But what if the creative energies, clever strategies and collaborative teamwork of games could be directed toward complex, real-world ends with serious stakes, like reducing the risks of drought or floods, facilitating public involvement in environmental governance, or revitalizing our watershed’s ecosystems? The U.S. Corps of Engineers is doing just that, applying gaming approaches to help educate community members, inform decisions and foster dialogue and collaboration on issues ranging from reducing flood risk in Nevada, balancing drought and flood risk mitigation in San Antonio (TX) and mitigating the effects of storm surges and sea level rise in Hampton, VA.

Join us for an interactive webinar led by U.S. Corps of Engineers staff about how they are developing games to help communities across the country accomplish just such goals. Two of the Corps’s “game gurus,” Andrea Carson and Hunter Merritt, will each describe a different approach to “serious gaming” under development by the Corps. Each will be joined by local representatives who have applied these gaming approaches in their communities with a variety of local participants. In the spirit of interactive gaming, after the presentations and a brief Q&A period, we will run one breakout session for each type of game, in which you will get to experience a taste of what the gameplay is actually like. This webinar is sponsored by the Urban Waters Learning Network.


  • How to use games for environmental and public policy education
  • How to use games for watershed management and decision support
  • How to partner with the Corps for collaborative gaming events


  • Andrea Carson, Community Planner, U.S. ACOE
  • Hunter Merritt, Water Resources Planner, U.S. ACOE
  • Tyson Vaughan, Science & Technology Policy Fellow, U.S. ACOE


November 14, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm