XMNR International Residency
As part of the XMNR Program, students gain a better understanding of the opportunities and constraints for working in an increasingly global society. Each cohort partakes in an International Residency, a distinctive 10-day global experience designed to network with global partners and apply lessons learned during the program to develop multi-scale strategies for global sustainability.
In 2012, the inaugural XMNR 2012 Cohort worked with the Linden Centre, an award-winning boutique hotel in Yunnan Province, China to explore the operations and activities of the hotel and developed a sustainability strategy for the Linden Centre. The strategy focused on how the business could continue to grow while maintaining its goals of protecting and strengthening ecosystems and community relations.
In Spring 2013, the XMNR 2012-2013 Cohort investigated the feasibility of developing and deploying an agent-based participatory model for the Erhai Lake Basin in Yunnan Province, China that would simulate real and relative social, economic, and ecological impacts of various development decisions for the immediate and broader region, with an emphasis on water quality and availability. The user interface for this simulation model would be designed as a “serious” game in order to actively engage a broad-based audience with the content, modeled on The (Chesapeake) Bay Game developed by the University of Virginia’s Global Water Games program that assigns strategic stakeholder roles to players to simulate the impacts of various actual development scenarios at a sub-basin and eventually a full-basin scale. The cohort of 21 professionals with wide-ranging but complementary professional and disciplinary backgrounds worked as a team for three months to conduct preliminary research and ten days of fieldwork in China to reach the conclusions and recommendations presented in this report.