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Seminar: Fish Banks

Fish Banks, the classic web-based simulation developed by Dennis Meadows.

by Jason Jay (Senior Lecturer and Director of the Sustainability Initiative at the MIT Sloan School of Management)

Fish Banks, the classic web-based simulation developed by Dennis Meadows.

Jason Jay led participants through this participatory game in which players managed their own fishing companies as they competed with others to achieve a profitable venture. Together team players strategized about buying and selling ships, where to fish, how best to manage fleets without depleting fish stocks all while in competition with neighboring teams.

This seminar is perfect for general audiences who would like an introduction to Systems Thinking though a sustainability lens, but includes a deeper debrief that includes facilitator tips to help potential future game facilitators understand how to tailor and deliver this experience for a variety of audiences.

The Fish Banks board game is available for facilitators to purchase.  We also offer a set of boards that can be borrowed by Society members.

Presentation Slides

About the Facilitator

Jason Jay is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Sustainability Initiative at the MIT Sloan School of Management.  He teaches courses on leadership, strategy, and innovation for sustainable business. Jason engages students and alumni in hands-on projects with leading companies and organizations. These efforts help build a community of innovators for sustainability that includes MIT students and alumni, faculty and researchers, with partners in business, government, NGOs, and hybrid organizations. Jason’s research focuses on how people navigate the tensions inherent in the quest for sustainability, as they simultaneously pursue their own self-interest and the flourishing of human and other life.