GLO 420 – BOS 1 – Spring, 2021 Prof. Cohen

TEAM PROJECT AND PRESENTATION ASSIGNMENT. The main group or Team assignment for this class is preparation for and participation in a simulation/discussion in which each team plays the role of a stakeholder attempting to come up with a strategy to address one of the “Grand Challenges” facing human society in the coming decades. This simulation/discussion will take place during the last two weeks of class, on April 21, 26, and 28. In this simulation, the class as a whole will be presented with a proposal to address the Grand Challenge and each team will have to develop a response (and negotiating position) to this proposal, from the perspective of the stakeholder the team represents. This presentation, and a supporting 1500-word position paper, have to be submitted by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, April 20, 2021. In order to prepare for this simulation, each Team will submit two shorter papers – 1000 words each – in which the Team outlines the position of the stakeholder in regard to the Grand Challenge (due Friday, March 5), and its relationship to other key stakeholders (due Wednesday, March 31). The Grand Challenge that will be the subject of this exercise is CLIMATE CHANGE. The challenge of the assignment will be to see if the Teams can develop a consensus position on a set of strategies that will reduce carbon emissions and limit the warming of the Earth’s Climate by the year 2061. The following 9 Stakeholders will be represented by the class Teams: The global oil and natural gas industries. Large institutional investors in the U.S. The alternative Energy Industry. Coalition of NGOs fighting climate change – We will call it the “Global Climate Alliance” The global automobile industry. The United States China The European Union Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) This is clearly not an exhaustive list of potential participants but does represent a number of the key stakeholders who would be involved in addressing climate change. In addition, some categories may contain actors with different views or interests – it is up to the Team that represents that stakeholder to identify/choose the positions it will present. Ultimately, the challenge will be to see if you can identify key alliances and trade-offs that could end up generating an agreement on fighting climate change.

The First Step: The first step in this assignment is to allocate the Stakeholders. To make it easier, I’m gong to do it myself. (I will entertain proposals to switch roles, but they have to come from two teams.) So here they are: Team 1 – The Global Climate Alliance. Team 2 – Government of China Team 3 – The Global Oil and Natural Gas Industry Team 4 – The European Union Team 5 – Large Institutional Investors in the U.S. Team 6 – The global automobile industry Team 7 – The Alternative Energy Industry Team 8 – Government of the United States Team 9 – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change So, each Team needs to submit an analysis of your Stakeholder’s views and interests in relationship to climate change – what challenges does it present to your stakeholders? What opportunities might it present? Does the stakeholder already have a position on how to address climate change? This is due on Friday, March 5 at 11:59 pm EST (note change in due date), and should be about 1000 words in length. The Second Step: Each Team will then submit an analysis of the other stakeholders in the simulation – Which stakeholders are likely to be your allies in any negotiation? Which ones are likely to be your opponents, and why? This paper is due on Wednesday, March 31 at 11:59 pm EST, and should also be about 1000 words in length. NOTE 1: In both cases, the Team Leader should upload the paper to the course Canvas page. NOTE 2: While these papers are short, they will require some research into your stakeholder and the opportunities and threats it faces as the world attempts to try and slow down global climate change.