Creating crises

Using research and educational gaming techniques, we develop immersive crisis simulations, and test their effectiveness for immediate learning and long-term outcomes.


Our research interests are in social resilience—understanding how people cope with crisis, adapt to sudden change, and transform communities to come out better and stronger. We are particularly interested in improvised leadership by groups of strangers.


Our immersive disaster simulations throw a group of people into a situation that challenges them to discover their own resources and practice the behaviors that lead to successful collective improvisation. Our educational gaming experts ensure that simulations are emotionally and intellectually engaging.


We aim for community organizations and others to adapt our materials to local needs and deliver trainings to their communities with minimal help from us. However, our community  and research partners are key to our learning about the needs of different communities and trying out new ideas.