Have a block party with a twist!

We’re looking for a few Palo Alto residents to help organize a block party with a twist. What’s the twist? It’s a live-action simulation designed to help families and neighbors practice their response to a catastrophic earthquake. Participants face the prospect...

Baby steps: Event-in-a-box

It’s all about clarity of vision, minimum goals, and baby steps! Now that we have successfully completed our pilot event, our next project is to conduct a series of pilot events to refine the event model and materials, and create a package for use by others. PROJECT...

“U” and “I” make a micro-community

The word “community” keeps coming up as we talk about our plans and thoughts. It struck me this morning that “micro-community” is much more appropriate. We are all part of many communities at different levels. At the highest level, we are mere motes in some cosmic...

What did participants do during our pilot event?

After having read the feedback forms, and looked through the text messaging transcripts, we can definitively declare our pilot event a success. There is much room for improvement, but we demonstrated that the model is viable and appealing to participants. The event...

Tell us what you think!

We are getting ready to make our venture public. That includes launching this website. Before we do so, you can help us by providing your feedback on the website and our effort. Click here to tell us what you think (or go to the “Quicklinks” menu). It...
Spontaneous leadership in the wild

Spontaneous leadership in the wild

There is no substitute for the real thing. We hope to field a small team of researchers sometime in 2017 for a field-based case study. This is contingent on the vagaries of disaster, funding, and prior commitments. In the meantime, we are working on ways to identify...
Aaron Vanek

Aaron Vanek

Aaron Vanek has nearly 30 years experience playing and creating games, primarily live-action and tabletop roleplaying games. He has worked with many national non-profit, community, and commercial organizations to produce fun and engaging learning events. He has...
Research roundtables

Research roundtables

We combine emergent leadership and improvised crisis response. There are others who are interested in each of these areas. To learn from and encourage their efforts, we would like to hold a series of virtual roundtable discussions. These sessions would allow...