1. According to Meadows, elements, interconnections and a function or purpose are necessary components in systems. Describe the elements, connections and/or functions or purpose in the Chesapeake Bay watershed system. Diagram the system including these elements.
2. Describe how your diagram and understanding have changed since your first diagram of the Chesapeake Bay watershed system.
Originally I produced an ecological diagram. It turns out the Bay Game was much more urban in scope, and so I now have a better sense of the tenuous relationship between watershed boundaries and socio-political lines.
3. How do you think delay affects the efforts to improve the health of the Bay?
Delay creates a number of problems for the health of the Chesapeake Bay, mostly due to economic pressures. Many exhaustive efforts can be swiftly undone by economic pressures on a constituency, even if the long term health of the bay would lead to improved wealth and quality of life for the people who are, at the moment, destroying it. An analogy might be seen in the health of the US economy.
4. What was your perceived understanding of the goal/s of the game? Did you think the overall goal/s “fit” with your goals as a stakeholder and citizen? Describe how your understanding of the goal/s affected your actions within the game?
I appreciated experiencing the system of managing the watershed on the scale that we were working in the game. However, I had no clue how to make an educated decision from round-to-round. It would be interesting to approach the situation from a more informed point of view, to see what would change in my actions & in the resulting health of the bay. Incidentally, my group ranked #1 by the end of the game, so that raises questions about how much we can rationalize these kinds of decisions. Maybe impulsive “gut” reactions are not so bad.