Participatory simulation/gaming for science communication: the role of experimentation in building future
The time has come to become increasingly aware of corporate social responsibility as represented by air and water pollution problems, food safety problems, etc. In order to build a sustainable society, we have to understand the social structures and scientific systems that we face in the progress of science and technology. On the other hand, the background causes of the problems are complex and uncertain; therefore, it is not easy for ordinary citizens or consumers to understand the mechanisms of these complex scientific reasoning problems, and to focus on what to do to change the situation in the present for the future. My goal is to realize improvement in efficiency of field communication that bridges scientific specialists and non-specialists by using information and communication technology. We conduct human- and agent-based participatory scientific simulations or gaming simulation on the Internet and support the practices of the communities. Now we center on several themes, including "global warning," which address the challenges of the global climate change mechanism and "GM food," which need to be tackled in dialogue among various interested parties.