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The presentation will detail the development and use at the University of California San Diego of ‘crisis micro-games’ e.g. risk and response brainstorming sessions, and the introduction of fast and frugal decision-making processes, as elements of organizational risk mitigation and resiliency. The presentation will include an example of a campus-based micro-game. Envisioning options which are not naturally evident is a key crisis-leadership skill that can be developed with study and practice. An example of this technique involves engaging in simulated crisis “micro-games” where leaders envision a scenario which could negatively impact their organization and brainstorm possible solutions. The learning archived from these games can help leaders anticipate and mitigate potential crises.

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