Joined: 19 Dec 2006
Location: Indiana, USA
I was cleaning out my inbox and realized that this month-old message hadn't been posted here!
For posterity, and for the relief of my guilt in deleting the message. XD
|From: Gala_Teah <no_reply>
Date: 2007/12/08 Sat PM 11:23:26 CST
To: "Netizen Heroes" <no_reply>
Subject: World Without Oil: The Game Is Over, the Game Continues
Hello everyone - Friday, December 7, 2007 is the day that the World Without Oil simulation ended in game time. An auspicious day to update you all on what's happening with the game and with the global oil situation.
Today I'm launching a blog, "WWO Lives," at http://wwolives.wordpress.com - a place where people interested in the game and the oil dependency issue can help keep each other informed about what's going on. I've turned my web meanderings and post-game adventures with WWO into backdated blog posts, so don't be afraid to go back through the blog posts and comment on old entries. I'm not a great blogger, so if you can step up with your own ideas and observations, that would be helpful - you can email blog post ideas to me at wwo @ writerguy.com.
THE OIL SHOCK IN SLO-MO
In the months since the game ended, real-world events have struck me as eerily parallel to the game scenario, except in slo-mo. It's hard to believe that the price of a barrel of oil has risen 50% since the game ended, for example. Supply optimists contend that this price will lead to greater oil output which will bring prices down, but I dunno: "There is a lot of oil in these fields but none of it is easy to get to. I think it's to be expected that costs are going to continue to go up," said Barry James, chief equity strategist at James Investment Research, today after Chevron announced it was increasing capital spending 15% next year.
THE WWO ARCHIVE
Helped perhaps by real-world events, interest in the WWO game continues strong. Over 6000 people a month visit the site archive, and the blogosphere continues to discover the game and be intrigued by what you players created. Mark Bracewell and I are working on a facelift for the worldwithoutoil.org website, to make it easier for visitors to navigate the site and understand the game in retrospect, and our Kalwithoutoil videographer, Kiyash Monsef, is putting the finishing touches on a 6-min WWO video that pretty much rocks. Mark your calendars to come back to www.worldwithoutoil.org sometime after December 15 to see the expanded site and the video.
WWO FOR TEACHERS
I'm also working with a talented teacher to develop a WWO mini-game suitable for high school teachers to run in their classrooms. The timeframe isn't set in stone yet, but I expect the lesson plans will be posted on the WWO site by end of February 2008. We're planning to have standards support for lessons in world and American contemporary history, in government and economics, in sustainability, and in creative writing/journalism and multimedia.
It's subtle, but a change has happened in the world. I keotag "World Without Oil" now and then, and I'm finding a growing number of people are citing WWO as the web event that inspires them, or the model that validates their own game and simulation ideas for the public good, or is the core of their theses and so on. It's like a door has been opened, or we've handed a tool for good to a bunch of creative and good-hearted people. The credit for that really goes to you the players: it's your contributions to WWO and your faith in the game that are making this all happen. So thank you!
World Without Oil
p.s. Did you create a video for WWO? If so, we REALLY want to get a clean copy for our back-up archive. Email me, please!
p.p.s. WWO will only be using its player email list on occasion. If you'd like to be removed from the list, email me.
p.p.p.s. If you know someone who wants to be added to this email list, have them sign up as a Netizen Hero on the WWO site at http://www.worldwithoutoil.org/addhero.aspx